Franz Kafka Quotes

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. His best known works include "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those in his writing.

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Franz Kafka


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

Franz Kafka

#Ability #Anyone #Beauty #Grows


Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

Franz Kafka

#Acceptable #Choices #Start #Wisdom


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

Franz Kafka

#Food #Mouth #Mouths #Questions #Time


If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.

Franz Kafka

#Babel #Climbing #Permitted #Tower


May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.

Franz Kafka


Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.

Franz Kafka

#Escape #Innumerable #Possibilities


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.

Franz Kafka

#Hence #Lies #Truth


Dread of night. Dread of not-night.

Franz Kafka

#Dread #Night


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

Franz Kafka

#Writing


The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving.

Franz Kafka

#Draws #Fellow Man #Striving


Writing means revealing oneself to excess.

Franz Kafka

#Writing


Writing [is] a form of prayer.

Franz Kafka

#Writing


Writers speak stench.

Franz Kafka

#Writers


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

Franz Kafka

#Believing


Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy, as light.

Franz Kafka

#Faith #Guillotine