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Franz Kafka Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2021
Franz Kafka Topics
Meaning Of Life
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.
A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
...the books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of a person we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation--a book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Books are a narcotic
The meaning of life is that it stops.
Meaning Of Life quotes
Leopards break into the temple and drink the sacrificial chalices dry; this occurs repeatedly, again and again; finally it can be reckoned upon beforehand and becomes part of the ceremony.
Who has the gift to recognize beauty, will not live long
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Books are a narcotic.
I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.
There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
One must not cheat anybody, not even the world of one's triumph.
The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
A New Day
Im Over You
It Is What It Is
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