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All Quotes by author - Franz Kafka
" A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. "
" Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency. "
" 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. "
" Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "
" Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. "
" A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. "
" 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. "
" Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. "
" By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. "
" By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. "
" Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. "
" Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair. "
" Dread of night. Dread of not-night. "
" Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. "
" Evil is whatever distracts. "
" From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. "
" God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. "
" Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb. "
" 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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" He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. "
" Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. "
" How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? "
" 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. "
" Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. "
" I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. "
" If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? "
" If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted. "
" 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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