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Franz Kafka's 90 phrases about life and literature

Franz Kafka's 90 phrases about life and literature

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924) was a famous writer of Jewish origin, although he wrote his work in German. He is considered one of the most influential writers of universal literature.

His work fuses elements of realism and fantasy, with isolated protagonists facing strange or surreal situations. His work has been described as the exploration of issues of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt and absurdity. His literary style has also been associated with existentialism, socialism and Marxism, and influenced by Judaism.

His best known works include Die verwandlung (Metamorphosis), Der Process (The proof), Amerika or Der Verschollene (The missing person) and Das schloss (The Castle). The famous term "kafkiano”From his last name, refers to those situations that are absurdly complicated, strange, unreal like the ones Kafka described in his novels. The Kafkaan adjective applies to absurd and fantastic situations, by reference to the distressing and oppressive universe described by the author.

Only a few of his works were published during his life. Most, including incomplete works, were published by his friend Max Brod after his death, who ignored the author's wishes that the manuscripts be destroyed.

Famous quotes by Franz Kafka

I can't make you understand. I can't make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I can't even explain it to myself.

Everything you are looking for is also looking for you.

There are problems that we would never have solved if they were really our problems.

I'm doing it wrong, I'm doing it right; what you prefer.

I never imagined that so many days would finally make such a small life.

The meaning of life is that it stops.

If you find someone who makes you smile, who looks at you often to see if you are well. That takes care of you and wants the best for you. That loves you and respects you. Do not let him go. People like that are hard to find.

Do not let evil confuse you and believe you can have secrets for it.

There are times when I am convinced that I am not fit for any human relationship.

Religions are lost like men.

The single seemingly resigns himself by his own will and in full life to an empty space, smaller and smaller. And he dies, his coffin is enough.

Don't despair, not even because you don't despair. When all seems over, new forces arise. This means that you live.

The history of men is an instant between two steps of a walker.

If the book we read doesn't wake us up with a punch in the head, why read it? A book has to be the ax that breaks our frozen sea.

Isolation is a way of knowing ourselves.

I no longer know if I want to drown in love, in vodka or in the sea.

The fortune is to understand that the ground you are on cannot be larger than the two feet that cover it.

Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.

It is only because of their stupidity that some can be so sure of themselves.

The views of art and life are different, even in the same artist.

Evil knows good, but good does not know evil.

There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us.

The incitement to the fight is one of the most effective means of seduction of evil.

I am chained. Do not touch my chains.

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

What makes us call the universal judgment by the name of final judgment is only our conception of time; It is actually a summary trial.

I am the novel. I am my stories.

The old friend who gets married is no longer a friend.

Don Quijote's misfortune was not his fantasy, but Sancho Panza.

I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.

I'm tired, I can't think of anything and I just want to put my face in your lap, feel your hand on my head and stay like this for all eternity.

Like a road in autumn: as soon as it is swept, it is covered again with dry leaves.

I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and everything continues in a helpless darkness.

The true enemy conveys you unlimited value.

Start with what is right instead of what is acceptable.

Many books are like the key to unknown cameras inside one's castle.

Everything you love will eventually lose it, but in the end, love will return in a different way.

I am free and that is why I am lost.

The true path passes through a rope, which is not extended high, but on the ground, it seems more prepared to stumble, than to follow its course.

The fact that your doctor has a name for your illness does not mean that he knows what it is.

Would it be possible for this world to give us joy if we were not refugees in it?

Just don't overestimate what I've written; otherwise, what I still hope to write would become unattainable.

Literature is always an expedition into truth.

I think we should read only the kind of books that hurt and stab us.

You are both the silence and the confusion of my heart.

People label themselves with all kinds of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as "miserably nauseous and hopeless."

He is very afraid of dying because he has not yet lived.

Eternal youth is impossible; even if there were no other impediments, introspection would make it impossible.

I slept, I woke up, I slept, I woke up, miserable life.

Please, consider me a dream.

There are only two things. The truths and the lies. The truth is indivisible, therefore, it cannot recognize itself; whoever wants to recognize it has to be a lie.

The school duty is you. You don't see a student anywhere.

The roads are made walking.

By passionately believing in something that does not yet exist, we create it. The non-existent is everything we have not wanted enough.

A faith is like a guillotine, so heavy, so light ...

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

I write differently than I speak, I speak differently than I think, I think differently than the way I should think, and therefore, everything proceeds to the deepest darkness.

Do not waste time looking for an obstacle, there may not be any.

In you I observed what the enigmatic tyrants have, whose reason is based on their person, not on their thinking.

I am a cage, looking for a bird.

There are some things that one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.

The spirit is released only when it ceases to be a support.

I am afraid of the union, of the flow to the other side. Then I am never alone anymore.

You can choose to be free, but it is the last decision you will make.

Sometimes I think I can atone for all my past and future sins through the pain of my bones.

Not everyone can see the truth, but they can be.

If a certain point is reached, there is no return possible. You have to reach that point.

All human mistakes are the result of impatience. Premature interruption of an orderly process, artificial obstacle raised around an artificial reality.

Many books are like the key to unknown cameras inside one's castle.

If you get involved with me, you will throw yourself into the abyss.

You do not need to leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, stay still and alone. The whole world will be offered to you.

Just trembling and palpitation was his response to the claim that he might have, but was not.

The meaning of life is that it stops.

Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within.

To live is to deviate incessantly. In such a way we deviate, that confusion prevents us from knowing what we are deviating from.

The gesture of bitterness of man is often only the petrified embarrassment of a child.

In your fight against the rest of the world, I advise you to side with the rest of the world.

All language is a poor translation.

All knowledge, all questions and answers are found in a dog.

Why do we lament because of original sin? It was not because of him that we have been expelled from the earthly paradise, but because of the tree of life so that we would not eat its fruits.

A writer who does not write is a monster that courts madness.

To believe means to release in oneself the indestructible or better: to be liberated or better still: to be indestructible or even better: to be.

There are two possibilities: to become infinitely small or to be. The second is the solution, therefore ecstasy; The first drives you to act.

I never wish to be easily defined.

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

Pain is the positive element of this world, rather the only link between this world and the positive in itself.

At one time I could not understand why I did not receive an answer to my question, today I cannot understand how I could be deceived to the point of asking. But it is not that he deceived me, I asked only.

Who seeks does not find, but who does not search is found.

We live in an era so possessed by demons, that soon we can only do good and justice in the deepest secret, as if it were a crime.

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

The books are a narcotic.