Franz Kafka Quotes

German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer.

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

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It’s only because of their stupidity that they’re able to be so sure of themselves.
– Franz Kafka

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I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
– Franz Kafka

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Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.
– Franz Kafka

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He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.
– Franz Kafka

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Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
– Franz Kafka

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A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
– Franz Kafka

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My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
– Franz Kafka

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I am free and that is why I am lost.
– Franz Kafka

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The meaning of life is that it stops.
– Franz Kafka

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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
– Franz Kafka

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

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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.
– Franz Kafka

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Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.
– Franz Kafka

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First impressions are always unreliable.
– Franz Kafka

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There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad in order to find the home one has lost.
– Franz Kafka

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

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Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.
– Franz Kafka

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Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
– Franz Kafka

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