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Franz Kafka quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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