Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is 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. His best known works include "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those in his writing. Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He trained as a lawyer, and after c... More

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Franz Kafka #Positive

Photo of Franz Kafka Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
Franz Kafka #Beauty

Photo of Franz Kafka Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Franz Kafka #Beauty

Photo of Franz Kafka Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Franz Kafka #Best #Fear

Photo of Franz Kafka My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
Franz Kafka #Food #Time

Photo of Franz Kafka So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.
Franz Kafka #Happiness

Photo of Franz Kafka In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
Franz Kafka #Imagination

Photo of Franz Kafka Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.
Franz Kafka #Knowledge

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #Experience

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #Alone #Nature

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #Truth

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #Knowledge

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #Marriage

Photo of Franz Kafka Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms.
Franz Kafka #Time

Photo of Franz Kafka I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Franz Kafka #Truth

Photo of Franz Kafka Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
Franz Kafka #Relationship #Strength

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #God

Photo of Franz Kafka God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
Franz Kafka #History

Photo of Franz Kafka The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
Franz Kafka #Nature

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.
Franz Kafka #Alone

Photo of Franz Kafka 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.