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So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.

So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ---->>>

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. ---->>>

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. ---->>>

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. ---->>>

One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. ---->>>

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid. ---->>>

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. ---->>>

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. ---->>>

Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. ---->>>

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.

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.

A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. ---->>>

Evil is whatever distracts. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Religions get lost as people do. ---->>>

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair. ---->>>

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

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. ---->>>

Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.

Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.

It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.

It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.

Dread of night. Dread of not-night. ---->>>

My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me.

My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me.

One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer. ---->>>

There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution. ---->>>

It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. ---->>>

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. ---->>>

May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air. ---->>>

Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive. ---->>>

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.

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.

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. ---->>>

He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. ---->>>

In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world. ---->>>

We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. ---->>>

Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb. ---->>>

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing. ---->>>

It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical. ---->>>

The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. ---->>>

By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. ---->>>

A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it. ---->>>

Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. ---->>>

The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. ---->>>

The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. ---->>>

Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency. ---->>>

In the fight between you and the world, back the world. ---->>>

Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.

Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. ---->>>

Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. ---->>>

If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. ---->>>

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. ---->>>

The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. ---->>>

If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. ---->>>

Writers speak stench. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible, and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so. ---->>>

Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. ---->>>

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. ---->>>

The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted. ---->>>

No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth. ---->>>

The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. ---->>>

Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. ---->>>

Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? ---->>>

One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality:
Born: July 3, 1883
Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia,Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Die: 06-03, 1924
Occupation: Novelist
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Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity (wikipedia)