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Top 53 Franz Kafka Quotes (NOVELIST)

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“If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay. Who watches out or you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don’t let them go. People like that are hard to find.”

Franz Kafka
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
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.
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.
It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves.
It’s only because of their stupidity that they’re able to be so sure of themselves.
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.

“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.”

Franz Kafka
He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.
He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

14 Wise Franz Kafka Quotes that will Make You Think (WISDOM)

I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.
I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.
Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.
Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.
They’re talking about things of which they don’t have the slightest understanding, anyway. It’s only because of their stupidity that they’re able to be so sure of themselves.
They’re talking about things of which they don’t have the slightest understanding, anyway. It’s only because of their stupidity that they’re able to be so sure of themselves.
There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: impatience and laziness.
There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: impatience and laziness.
We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime.
We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe… but not for us.
There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe… but not for us.
If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss.
If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss.
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.
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.
The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.
I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.
All language is but a poor translation.
All language is but a poor translation.

14 Franz Kafka Quotes About Life and Death

“In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out. Words burst in your essence and you carry their dust in the pores of your ethereal individuality.”

Franz Kafka
Only the moment counts. It determines life.
Only the moment counts. It determines life.
Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
Isolation is a way to know ourselves.
Isolation is a way to know ourselves.
Do not waste your time looking for an obstacle - maybe there is none.
Do not waste your time looking for an obstacle – maybe there is none.
I have spent my life resisting the desire to end it.
I have spent my life resisting the desire to end it.
I do not see the world at all; I invent it.
I do not see the world at all; I invent it.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.
Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.
Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.
Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.

3 Franz Kafka Quote on Freedom

I am free and that is why I am lost.
I am free and that is why I am lost.
You can choose to be free, but it's last decision you'll ever make.
You can choose to be free, but it’s last decision you’ll ever make.
I am a cage, in search of a bird.
I am a cage, in search of a bird.

6 Franz Kafka Quotes About Love

“I want in fact more of you. In my mind I am dressing you with light; I am wrapping you up in blankets of complete acceptance and then I give myself to you. I long for you; I who usually long without longing, as though I am unconscious and absorbed in neutrality and apathy, really, utterly long for every bit of you.”

Franz Kafka
I no longer know if I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.
I no longer know if I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.
Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.
Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.
I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it.
I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it.
I’m tired, can’t think of anything and want only to lay my face in your lap, feel your hand on my head and remain like that through all eternity.
I’m tired, can’t think of anything and want only to lay my face in your lap, feel your hand on my head and remain like that through all eternity.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.

4 Franz Kafka Quotes on Reading and Writing

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.

2 Funny Franz Kafka Quotes

I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a brief.
A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a “brief.”

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