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Franz Kafka

Read through the most famous quotes from Franz Kafka

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

— Franz Kafka

#castle #self #books

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

— Franz Kafka


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

— Franz Kafka

#wonder #young-at-heart #youth #youthfulness #beauty

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.

— Franz Kafka


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

#truth-telling #writing #logic

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

— Franz Kafka

#die #first #sign #understanding #wish

I am a cage, in search of a bird.

— Franz Kafka


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

— Franz Kafka


The meaning of life is that it stops.

— Franz Kafka

#life #death

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.

— Franz Kafka

#writing #writer

About Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka Quotes

Did you know about Franz Kafka?

She became his lover and caused him to become interested in the Talmud. Opinions ranged from the notion that he satirised the bureaucratic bungling of a crumbling Austria-Hungarian Empire to suggesting that he embodied the rise of socialism. During a vacation in July 1923 to Graal-Müritz on the Baltic Sea Kafka met Dora Diamant a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher from an orthodox Jewish family.

He prepared the story collection Ein Hungerkünstler (A Hunger Artist) for print but it was not publiFranz Kafkad until after his death. His works such as "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis") Der Process (The Trial) and Das Schloss (The Castle) are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation physical and psychological brutality parent–child conflict characters on a terrifying quest and mystical transformations. He had a complicated and troubled relationship with his father that had a major impact on his writing and he was conflicted over his Jewishness and felt it had little to do with him although it debatably influenced his writing.

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