Quotes by Franz Kafka (Novelist/).

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From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
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Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
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The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.
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Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.
• Franz Kafka
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If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
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Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
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If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?
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Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.
• Franz Kafka
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Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb.
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In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world.
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We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.
• Franz Kafka
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In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
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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.
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The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.
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The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
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The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc.
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He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
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Dread of night. Dread of not-night.
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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
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The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
• Franz Kafka
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My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
• Franz Kafka
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You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
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So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.
• Franz Kafka
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One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible, and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so.
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No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth.
• Franz Kafka

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