Facts about Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka was a famous Novelist from Austria, who lived between July 3, 1883 and June 3, 1924. He/she became 40 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac cancer, who is known for Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective. Our collection contains 64 quotes who is written / told by Franz.

Here is some other popular authors who lived in the same timeframe: Anne Baxter, Ngo Dinh Diem, Margaret Lee Runbeck, Adlai Stevenson, Arthur C. Clarke, George S. Patton, Thornton Wilder, Casey Stengel, Vince Lombardi, Aldous Huxley, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Arthur Lydiard, Phyllis Diller, Everett Dirksen, John Glenn, Arna Bontemps, Mao Zedong, Cary Grant, Andre Breton, Charles Eames

Famous quotes by Franz Kafka (64)


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"We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt"
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"If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted"
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"Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence"
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"Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so"
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"Religions get lost as people do"
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"It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical"
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"In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it"
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"Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms"
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"One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die"
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"In a certain sense the Good is comfortless"
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"We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us"
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"We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail to us and if we could tear them off, we would do so"
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"God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them"
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"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached"
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"Evil is whatever distracts"
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"Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy"
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"Dread of night. Dread of not-night"
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"Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair"
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"Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza"
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"By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself"
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"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired"
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"Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made"
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"Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted"
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"Association with human beings lures one into self-observation"
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"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old"
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"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"
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"Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency"
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"A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood"
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"A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it"
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"A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die"
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"A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us"
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"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us"
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"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old"
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"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet"
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"The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support"
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"The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving"
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"The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man"
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"The indestructible is one: it is each individual human being and, at the same time, it is common to all, hence the incomparably indivisible union that exists between human beings"
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"The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler"
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"The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite"
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"The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc"
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"The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened"
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"The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum"
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"Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe"
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"One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer"
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"Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it"
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"No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth"
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"My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well"
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"My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted"
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"My "fear" is my substance, and probably the best part of me"
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"May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air"
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"Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists"
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"Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins"
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"It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law"
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"If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?"
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"Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues"
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"I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy"
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"I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things"
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"How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world"
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"How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?"
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"Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places"
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"Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth"
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"Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb"
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"He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found"


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