Quotes by: Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka
Kafka in 1906
Born (1883-07-03)3 July 1883
Prague, Bohemia,
Austria-Hungary
(now Czech Republic)
Died 3 June 1924(1924-06-03) (aged 40)
Kierling, part of Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria, Austria
Citizenship Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia[1][2]
Alma mater German Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague
Occupation
Novelist Short story writer Insurance officer
Notable work
"Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis") Der Process (The Trial) "Das Urteil" ("The Judgment") Das Schloss (The Castle) Betrachtung (Contemplation) Ein Hungerkünstler (A Hunger Artist) Briefe an Felice (Letters to Felice)
Style Modernism
Parent(s)
Hermann Kafka Julie Kafka (née Löwy)

If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
Franz Kafka
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
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
Franz Kafka
Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms.
Franz Kafka
Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.
Franz Kafka
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.
Franz Kafka
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
Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.
Franz Kafka
There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.
Franz Kafka
Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.
Franz Kafka
The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.
Franz Kafka
We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail to us and if we could tear them off, we would do so.
Franz Kafka
My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.
Franz Kafka
The indestructible is one: it is each individual human being and, at the same time, it is common to all, hence the incomparably indivisible union that exists between human beings.
Franz Kafka
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