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Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. It typically features isolated protagonists facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible socio-bureaucratic powers. It 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 found in his writing. Kafka was born into a middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish family in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today the capital of the Czech Republic. He trained as a lawyer and after completing his legal education was employed full-time by an insurance company, forcing him to relegate writing to his spare time. Over the course of his life, Kafka wrote hundreds of letters to family and close friends, including his father, with whom he had a strained and formal relationship. He became engaged to several women but never married. He died in 1924 at the age of 40 from tuberculosis. Few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime: the story collections Betrachtung (Contemplation) and Ein Landarzt (A Country Doctor), and individual stories (such as "Die Verwandlung") were published in literary magazines but received little public attention. In his will, Kafka instructed his executor and friend Max Brod to destroy his unfinished works, including his novels Der Process, Das Schloss and Der Verschollene (translated as both Amerika and The Man Who Disappeared), but Brod ignored these instructions. His work has influenced a vast range of writers, critics, artists, and philosophers during the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Expressionism ::: An aesthetic and artistic movement that distorted reality for enhanced or exaggerated emotional effect. It can also apply to some literature; the works of Franz Kafka and Georg Kaiser are often said to be expressionistic, for example.



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1:Paths are made by walking
   ~ Franz Kafka,
2:I am a cage, in search of a bird. ~ Franz Kafka,
3:It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. ~ Franz Kafka,
4:My fear is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
5:A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
6:I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
7:Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
8:I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it. ~ Franz Kafka,
9:Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
10:Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
11:Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
12:A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. [Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922]
   ~ Franz Kafka,
13:Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
14:Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
15:I stand on the end platform of the tram and am completely unsure of my footing in this world, in this town, in my family. ~ Franz Kafka,
16:Evil does not exist; once you have crossed the threshold, all is good. Once in another world, you must hold your tongue.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
17:There was once a community of scoundrels, that is to say, they were not scoundrels, but ordinary people. ~ Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks,
18:If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
19: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,
20: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,
21:Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire. ~ Franz Kafka,
22: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,
23:One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one willl only in time come to hate. ~ Franz Kafka,
24:To die would mean nothing else than to surrender a nothing to the nothing, but that would be impossible to conceive, for how could a person, even only as a nothing, consciously surrender himself to the nothing, and not merely to an empty nothing but rather to a roaring nothing whose nothingness consists only in its incomprehensibility. ~ Franz Kafka,
25:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
   ~ Franz Kafka,

*** WISDOM TROVE ***

1:Books are a narcotic. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
2:Writers speak stench. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
3:Writer speaks a stench. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
4:Paths are made by walking ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
5:Evil is whatever distracts. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
6:Please consider me a dream. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
7:In a way, I was safe writing ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
8:Writing is a form of prayer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
9:The truth is always an abyss. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
10:Kill me, or you are a murderer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
11:Religions get lost as people do. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
12:I am a cage, in search of a bird. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
13:I like to make use of what I know ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
14:I never wish to be easily defined. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
15:Love is a drama of contradictions. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
16:Dread of night. Dread of not-night. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
17:Evil is the starry sky of the Good. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
18:One reads in order to ask questions ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
19:I am free and that is why I am lost. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
20:I lack nothing. I only needed myself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
21:Isolation is a way to know ourselves. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
22:The meaning of life is that it stops. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
23:Writing is a sweet, wonderful reward. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
24:Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
25:I am in chains. Don't touch my chains. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
26:No one can crave what truly harms him. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
27:All language is but a poor translation. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
28:First impressions are always unreliable. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
29:Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
30:The true word leads; the untrue misleads. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
31:The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
32:Writing means revealing oneself to excess. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
33:I do not see the world at all; I invent it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
34:In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
35:Only the moment counts. It determines life. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
36:Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
37:What am I doing here in this endless winter? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
38:Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy, as light. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
39:They say ignorance is bliss... . they're wrong ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
40:To animalise is humane, to humanise is animal. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
41:God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
42:There sat I, a faded being, under faded leaves. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
43:Work as joy, inaccessible to the psychologists. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
44:Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
45:There will be no proof that I ever was a writer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
46:We need the books that affect us like a disaster ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
47:What is gayer than believing in a household god? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
48:Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
49:It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
50:So eager are our people to obliterate the present. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
51:There's an infinite amount of hope but not for us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
52:What is written is merely the dregs of experience. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
53:A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
54:A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
55:From a real antagonist one gains boundless courage. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
56:I usually solve problems by letting them devour me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
57:A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
58:I have spent my life resisting the desire to end it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
59:Palestine needs earth, but it does not need lawyers. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
60:What's happened to me,' he thought. It was no dream. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
61:No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
62:He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
63:I'm doing badly, I'm doing well; whichever you prefer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
64:In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
65:If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
66:I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
67:In the fight between you and the world, back the world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
68:The Messiah will only come when he is no longer needed. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
69:Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
70:Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
71:He who does not answer the questions has passed the test. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
72:Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
73:Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
74:Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
75:He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn't yet lived. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
76:I am a retiring, silent, unsociable, and discontent person. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
77:Love is, that you are the knife which I plunge into myself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
78:My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
79:A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
80:It receives you when you come and dismisses you when you go. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
81:It's impossible to defend oneself in the absence of goodwill ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
82:The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
83:Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
84:One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
85:You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
86:Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
87:The man in ecstasy and the man drowning: both raise their arms. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
88:Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
89:In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
90:The various forms of despair at the various stations on the road. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
91:What if I slept a little more and forgot about all this nonsense. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
92:A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
93:Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
94:Going to pieces. To go to pieces so pointlessly and unnecessarily. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
95:My &
96:There is a goal but no way; what we call the way is mere wavering. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
97:A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
98:From the true antagonist illimitable courage is transmitted to you. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
99:He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
100:Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one's own castle. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
101:You can choose to be free , but it's last decision you'll ever make ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
102:I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
103:The state we find ourselves in is sinful quite independent of guilt. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
104:Torment yourself as little as possible, then you'll torment me less. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
105:Do not waste your time looking for an obstacle - maybe there is none. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
106:I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
107:Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
108:Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
109:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
110:Most men are not wicked... They are sleep-walkers, not evil evildoers. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
111:Simply wait, be quiet, still The world will freely offer itself to you. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
112:Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
113:How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
114:The purpose of a story is to be an axe that breaks up the ice within us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
115:There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
116:All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
117:Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
118:Anybody who preserves the ability to recognize beauty will never get old. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
119:I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
120:One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
121:I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
122:There are times when I am convinced I am unfit for any human relationship. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
123:I never imagined that so many days would ultimately make such a small life. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
124:You are so vulnerably haunting. Your eeriness is terrifyingly irresistible. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
125:Adam's first domestic pet after the expulsion from Paradise was the serpent. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
126:If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
127:A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a "brief." ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
128:I, however, cannot force myself to use "meat drugs" to cheat on my loneliness. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
129:Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
130:The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
131:There is a destination but no way there; what we refer to as way is hesitation. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
132:Maybe innocence makes its way easiest through the elemental chaos of this world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
133:I won't give up the diary again. I must hold on here, it is the only place I can. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
134:sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man the most guilty. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
135:All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
136:Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
137:Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
138:In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
139:Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
140:There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
141:True undoubting is the teacher's part, continual undoubting the part of the pupil. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
142:When one has once accepted and absorbed Evil, it no longer demands to be believed. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
143:As far as I have seen, at school... they aimed at blotting out one's individuality. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
144:It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
145:To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
146:A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
147:What do I have in common with Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
148:Either the world is so tiny or we are enormous; in either case, we fill it completely. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
149:Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, but that alone doesn't make it true. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
150:The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
151:There is a down-and-outness under true knowledge and a childlike happy arising from it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
152:Just because your doctor has a name for your condition, doesn't mean he knows what it is. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
153:Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
154:So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
155:What is meant by its nature for the highest and the best, spreads among the lowly people. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
156:Written kisses never arrive at their destination; the ghosts drink them up along the way. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
157:I wanted to escape the unrest, to shut out the voices around me and within me, so I write. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
158:There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
159:If something good has lost its way into you, it will make its escape overnight. I know you. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
160:Man cannot live without a continuous confidence in something indestructible within himself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
161:Sometimes I think I can expiate all my past and future sins through the aching of my bones. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
162:If this is what you came for, then I didn't send for you. Kafka (note to himself in journal) ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
163:The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
164:Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
165:Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
166:Written kisses don't reach their destination, rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
167:My life was sweeter than other people's and my death will be more terrible by the same degree. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
168:Ours is a lost generation, it may be, but it is more blameless than those earlier generations. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
169:Because of impatience we were driven out [of Paradise]; because of impatience we cannot return. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
170:I am more uncertain than I ever was; I feel only the power of life. And I am senselessly empty. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
171:There are questions we could not get past if we were not set free from them by our very nature. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
172:Art is for the artist is only suffering through which he releases himself for further suffering. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
173:The fact that there is nothing but a spiritual world deprives us of hope and gives us certainty. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
174:But questions that don't answer themselves at the very moment of their asking are never answered. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
175:I am on the hunt for constructions. I come into a room and find them whitely merging in a corner. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
176:I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and so it all goes on in helpless darkness. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
177:The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
178:Every dog has like me the impulse to question, and I have like every dog the impulse not to answer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
179:You need not even listen, just wait... the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
180:In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
181:So then you're free?' Yes, I'm free,' said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
182:I'm thinking only of my illness and my health, though both, the first as well as the second, are you. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
183:May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
184:I can't feel a thing; All mournful petal storms are dancing inside the very private spring of my head. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
185:If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
186:By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
187:The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
188:We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
189:Every one of us has a bad conscience, which he tries to escape by going to sleep as quickly as possible. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
190:From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
191:It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
192:Love has as few problems as a motor car. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
193:There was once a community of scoundrels, that is to say, they were not scoundrels, but ordinary people. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
194:This morning, for the first time in a long time, the joy again of imagining a knife twisted in my heart. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
195:Knowledge we have. Anyone who strives for it with particular intensity is suspect of striving against it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
196:The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life-the terror of art. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
197:Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
198:I need solitude for my writing; not &
199:But what if all the tranquility, all the comfort, all the contentment were now to come to a horrifying end? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
200:If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
201: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, @wisdomtrove
202:The founder brought the laws from the lawgiver; the faithful are meant to announce the laws to the lawgiver. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
203:Like tired dogs they stand there, because they use up all their strength in remaining upright in one's memory. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
204:We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
205:Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
206:Humility provides everyone, even him who despairs in solitude, with the strongest relationship to his fellow man. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
207:If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
208:It would be very unjust to say that you deserted me, but that I was deserted, and sometimes terribly so, is true. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
209:Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
210:The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
211:A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
212:I am away from home and must always write home, even if any home of mine has long since floated away into eternity. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
213:I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
214:One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back into the darkness of the Ark ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
215:Some deny the existence of misery by pointing to the sun; he denies the existence of the sun by pointing to misery. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
216:As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
217:I made the remark that I don't avoid people in order to live quietly, but rather in order to be able to die quietly. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
218:Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
219:Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
220:Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
221:There can be knowledge of the diabolical, but no belief in it, for more of the diabolical than there is does not exist. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
222:The whole visible world is perhaps nothing more than the rationalization of a man who wants to find peace for a moment. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
223:In a certain sense you deny the existence of this world. You explain life as a state of rest, a state of rest in motion. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
224:You're not cross with me, though?" he said. She pulled her hand away and answered, "No, no, I'm never cross with anyone. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
225:Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
226:Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
227:Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
228:It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
229:No matter how much you keep encouraging someone who is blindfolded to stare through the cloth, he still won't see a thing.". ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
230:there is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well. Another world, and you do not have to speak ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
231:It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
232: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, @wisdomtrove
233:One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
234:Our art is a way of being dazzled by truth: the light on the grotesquely grimacing retreating face is true, and nothing else. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
235:I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
236:If education tries to make other persons out of us than we essentially are, deeper inside, it stultifies, and reproach matters. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
237:One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
238:People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as &
239:Writing is a deeper sleep than death. Just as one wouldn't pull a corpse from its grave, I can't be dragged from my desk at night. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
240:At that point I asked myself: How is it that she is not amazed at herself, that she keeps her lips closed and makes no such remark? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
241:Nothing, you know, gives the body greater satisfaction than ordering people about, or at least believing in one's ability to do so. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
242:This noble body, equipped with everything necessary, almost to the point of bursting, also appeared to carry freedom around with it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
243:Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
244:You see, I have only such a fugitive awareness of things around me that I always feel they were once real and are now fleeting away. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
245: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
246:Sometimes I'd like to stuff all Jews (myself included) into the drawer of a laundry basket. then open it to see if they've suffocated ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
247:The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
248:One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous bug. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
249:All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
250:In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
251:My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do not see the word at all, I invent it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
252:Anyone who believes cannot experience miracles. By day one does not see any stars. Anyone who does miracles says: I cannot let goof the earth. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
253:If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
254:Hold fast to the diary from today on! Write regularly! Don't surrender! Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it every moment. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
255: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
256:Life is merely terrible; I feel it as few others do. Often — and in my inmost self perhaps all the time — I doubt whether I am a human being. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
257:The man in ecstasy and the man drowning - both throw up their arms. The first to signify harmony, the second to signify strife with the elements. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
258:Utterance does not in principle mean a weakening of conviction&
259:Should I be grateful or should I curse the fact that despite all misfortune I can still feel love, an unearthly love but still for earthly objects. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
260:Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's death. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
261: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, @wisdomtrove
262:Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgment by that name in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
263:Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
264:They did not know what we can now guess at, contemplating the course of history: that change begins in the soul before it appears in ordinary existence. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
265:Picasso only registers the deformities which have not yet penetrated our consciousness. Art is a mirror which goes &
266: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
267:I believe that we should read only those books that bite and sting us. If a book we are reading does not rouse us with a blow to the head, then why read it? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
268: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
269:Why do we complain about the Fall? It is not on its account that we were expelled from Paradise, but on account of the Tree of Life, lest we might eat of it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
270:I can once more carry on a conversation with myself, and don't stare so into complete emptiness. Only in this way is there any possibility of improvement for me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
271:The true way goes over a line that, rather than spanning heights, is hardly above the ground. It appears more decidedly to make one trip than to be walked along. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
272:Anyone who loves his neighbor within the limits of the world is doing no more and no less injustice than someone who loves himself within the limits of the world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
273:It's sometimes quite astonishing that a single, average life is enough to encompass so much that it's at all possible ever to have any success in one's work here. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
274:Two tasks at the beginning of your life: to narrow your orbit more and more, and ever and again to check whether you are not in hiding somewhere outside your orbit. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
275:The Messiah will come only when he is no longer necessary, he will come only one day after his arrival, he will not come on the last day, but on the last day of all. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
276:Two possibilities: making oneself infinitely small or being so. The second is perfection, that is to say, inactivity, the first is beginning, that is to say, action. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
277:If what was supposed to have been destroyed in Paradise was destructible, then it was not decisive; but if it was indestructible, then we are living in a false belief. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
278:The true way goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
279: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, @wisdomtrove
280:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
281: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, @wisdomtrove
282:It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
283:I see, these books are probably law books, and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
284: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, @wisdomtrove
285: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
286:April 27. Incapable of living with people, of speaking. Complete immersion in myself, thinking of myself. Apathetic, witless, fearful. I have nothing to say to anyone - never. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
287:The delights of this life are not its own, but our fear of the ascent into a higher life; the torments of this life are not its own, but our self-torment because of that fear. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
288:The notion of the infinite expanse and copiousness of the cosmos is the result of the mixture, carried to the extreme limit, of laborious creation and free self-determination. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
289:This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
290:The animal wrests the whip from its master and whips itself in order to become master, not knowing that this is only a fantasy produced by a new knot in the master's whiplash." ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
291:Believing means liberating the indestructible element in oneself, or, more accurately, liberating oneself, or, more accurately, being indestructible, or, more accurately, being. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
292:No," said the priest, "you don't need to accept everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary." "Depressing view," said K. "The lie made into the rule of the world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
293: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, @wisdomtrove
294:it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' &
295: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, @wisdomtrove
296:You, who can't do anything, think you can bring off something like that? How can you even dare to think about it? If you were capable of it, you certainly wouldn't be in need of it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
297:All science is methodolgy with regard to the Absolute. Therefore, there need be no fear of the unequivocally methodological. It isa husk, but not more than everything except the One. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
298:For words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks be hind on the brain, which in the twinkling of an eye become the footprints of history. One ought to watch one' s every word. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
299:The Kafka paradox: art depends on truth, but truth, being indivisable, cannot know itself: to tell the truth is to lie. thus the writer is the truth, and yet when he speakes he lies. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
300:The worries that are the burden of which the privileged person makes an excuse in dealing with the oppressed person are in fact the worries about preserving his privileged condition. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
301:The existence of the writer is an argument against the existence of the soul, for the soul has obviously taken flight from the real ego, but not improved itself, only become a writer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
302:Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
303:That's how it will be, except that in reality, both today and later, one will stand there with a palpable body and a real head, a real forehead, that is, for smiting on with one's hand. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
304:I am too tired, I must try to rest and sleep, otherwise I am lost in every respect. What an effort to keep alive! Erecting a monument does not require an expenditure of so much strength. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
305:The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means: the impossibility of crows. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
306:Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
307:What I write is different from what I say, what I say is different from what I think, what I think is different from what I ought to think and so it goes further into the deepest darkness. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
308:The whole visible world is perhaps nothing other than a motivation of man's wish to rest for a moment an attempt to falsify the fact of knowledge, to try to turn the knowledge into the goal. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
309:We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
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311: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
312: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, @wisdomtrove
313:From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
314:The history of the world, as it is written and handed down by word of mouth, often fails us completely; but man's intuitive capacity, though it often misleads, does lead, does not ever abandon one. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
315:The Fathers of the Church were not afraid to go out into the desert because they had a richness in their hearts. But we, with richness all around us, are afraid, because the desert is in our hearts. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
316: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, @wisdomtrove
317:This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
318:Towards the avoidance of a piece of verbal confusion: What is intended to be actively destroyed must first of all have been firmly grasped; what crumbles away crumbles away, but cannot be destroyed. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
319:A picture of my existence... would show a useless wooden stake covered in snow... stuck loosely at a slant in the ground in a ploughed field on the edge of a vast open plain on a dark winter night. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
320: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, @wisdomtrove
321: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
322:He is a free and secure citizen of the world because he is on a chain that is long enough to allow him access to all parts of the earth, and yet not so long that he could be swept over the edge of it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
323:The more horses you yoke the quicker everything will go - not the rending of the block from its foundation, which is impossible, but the snapping of the traces and with that the gay and empty journey. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
324:The person I am in the company of my sisters has been entirely different from the person I am in the company of other people. Fearless, powerful, surprising, moved as I otherwise am only when I write. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
325:We were expelled from Paradise, but it was not destroyed. The expulsion from Paradise was in one sense a piece of good fortune, for if we had not been expelled, Paradise would have had to be destroyed. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
326:I am always trying to convey something that can't be conveyed, to explain something which is inexplicable, to tell about something I have in my bones, something which can be expressed only in the bones. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
327:I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
328:Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible, then one must try to wriggle through by subtle manoeuvres. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
329:Death confronts us not unlike the historical battle scene that hangs on the wall of the classroom. It is our task to obscure or quite obliterate the picture by our deeds while we are still in this world. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
330:His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
331: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. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
332:The cruelty of death lies in the fact that it brings the real sorrow of the end, but not the end. The greatest cruelty of death: an apparent end causes a real sorrow. Our salvation is death, but not this one. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
333:We were created in order to live in Paradise, and Paradise was ordained to serve us. What was ordained for us has been changed; it is not said that this has also happened with what was ordained for Paradise." ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
334:Anyone who renounces the world must love all men, for he renounces their world too. He thus begins to have some inkling of the true nature of man, which cannot but be loved, always assuming that one is its peer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
335: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, @wisdomtrove
336:I never wish to be easily defined. I'd rather float over other people's minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
337:The Diabolical sometimes assumes the aspect of the Good, or even embodies itself completely in its form. If this remains concealedfrom me, I am of course defeated, for this Good is more tempting than the genuine Good. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
338:The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. Only after death, only in solitude, does a man's true nature emerge. In death, as on the chimney sweep's Saturday night, the soot gets washed from his body. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
339:Marrying, founding a family, accepting all the children that come, supporting them in this insecure world, and perhaps even guiding them a little, is, I am convinced, the utmost a human being can succeed in doing at all. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
340:To every instant there is a correspondence in something outside time. This world here and now cannot be followed by a Beyond, for the Beyond is eternal, hence it cannot be in temporal contact with this world here and now. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
341: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, @wisdomtrove
342:Human nature, essentially changeable, as unstable as the dust, can endure no restraint; if it binds itself it soon begins to tear madly at its bonds, until it rends everything asunder, the wall, the bonds, and its very self. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
343:Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in finding in the dark void a place where the beam of light can be intensely caught, without this having been perceptible before. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
344:In one and the same human being there are cognitions that, however utterly dissimilar they are, yet have one and the same object,so that one can only conclude that there are different subjects in one and the same human being. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
345:Photography concentrates one's eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can't catch that even with the sharpest lens. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
346:The old incapacity. Interrupted my writing for barely ten days and already cast out. Once again prodigious efforts stand before me. You have to dive down, as it were, and sink more rapidly than that which sinks in advance of you. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
347:I answer one of your letters, then lie in bed in apparent calm, but my heart beats through my entire body and is conscious only of you. I belong to you; there is really no other way of expressing it, and that is not strong enough. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
348:If they were shocked, then Gregor had no further responsibility and could be calm. But if they took everything calmly, he he, too, had no reason to get excited and could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight o'clock. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
349:For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can't be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
350:One of the most effective means of seduction that Evil has is the challenge to struggle. It is like the struggle with women, whichends in bed. A married man's true deviations from the path of virtue are, rightly understood, never gay. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
351:And so gentlemen, I learned. Oh, if you have to learn, you learn; if you're desperate for a way out, you learn; you learn pitilessly. You stand over yourself with a whip in your hand; if there's the least resistance, you lash yourself. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
352:Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
353:One can disintegrate the world by means of very strong light. For weak eyes the world becomes solid, for still weaker eyes it seems to develop fists, for eyes weaker still it becomes shamefaced and smashes anyone who dares to gaze upon it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
354:In Paradise, as always: that which causes the sin and that which recognizes it for what it is are one. The clear conscience is Evil, which is so entirely victorious that it does not any longer consider the leap from left to right necessary. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
355:If all responsibility is imposed on you, then you may want to exploit the moment and want to be overwhelmed by the responsibility;yet if you try, you will notice that nothing was imposed on you, but that you are yourself this responsibility. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
356:Every new discovery is assumed at once into the sum total of knowledge, and with that ceases in a sense to be a discovery; it dissolves into the whole and disappears, and one must have a trained scientific eye even to recognize it after that. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
357:The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is quite clear to me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
358:For everything outside the phenomenal world, language can only be used allusively, but never even approximately in a comparative way, since, corresponding as it does to the phenomenal world, it is concerned only with property and its relations. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
359:Evil is the radiation of the human consciousness in certain transitional positions. It is not actually the sensual world that is amere appearance; what is so is the evil of it, which, admittedly, is what constitutes the sensual world in our eyes. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
360:We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
361: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, @wisdomtrove
362:There's no quiet place here on earth for our love, not in the village and not anywhere else, so I picture a grave, deep and narrow, in which we embrace as if clamped together, I bury my face against you, you yours against me, and no one will ever see us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
363:All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers, is contained in the dog. If one could but realize this knowledge, if one could but bring it into the light of day, if we dogs would but own that we know infinitely more than we admit to ourselves! ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
364:It is strange how little sharpsightedness women possess; they only notice whether they please, then whether they arouse pity, and finally, whether you look for compassion from them. That is all; come to think of it, it may even be enough, generally speaking. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
365:Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only superficially) and is ready to release what lies deeper. When I am willfully alone, a slight ordering of my interior begins to take place and I need nothing more. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
366:But eternity is not temporality at a standstill. What is oppressive about the concept of the eternal is the justification, incomprehensible to us, that time must undergo in eternity and the logical conclusion of that, the justification of ourselves as we are. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
367:Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
368:People who walk across dark bridges, past saints, with dim, small lights. Clouds which move across gray skies past churches with towers darkened in the dusk. One who leans against granite railing gazing into the evening waters, His hands resting on old stones. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
369:it was like this. the brain could no longer bear the worries and pains that were imposed on it. it said: "i'm giving up; but if there is anyone else here who is interested in preserving the whole, let him assume part of my burden and it will be alright for a bit. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
370:Man cannot live without a permanent trust in something indestructible in himself, though both the indestructible element and the trust may remain permanently hidden from him. One of the ways in which this hiddenness can express itself is through faith in a personal god. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
371:German is my mother tongue and as such more natural to me, but I consider Czech much more affectionate, which is why your letter removes several uncertainties; I see you more clearly, the movements of your body, your hands, so quick, so resolute, it's almost like a meeting. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
372: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, @wisdomtrove
373:Each of us has his own way of emerging from the underworld, mine is by writing. That's why the only way I can keep going, if at all, is by writing, not through rest and sleep. I am far more likely to achieve peace of mind through writing than the capacity to write through peace. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
374:Psychology is the description of the reflection of the terrestial world in the heavenly plane, or, more correctly, the description of a reflection such as we, soaked as we are in our terrestial nature, imagine it, for no reflection actually occurs, only we see earth wherever we turn. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
375:Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores me and I hate it. I lack all aptitude for family life except, at best, as an observer. I have no family feeling and visitors make me almost feel as though I were maliciously being attacked. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
376:The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
377:I hate everything that does not relate to literature, conversations bore me (even if they relate to literature), to visit people bores me, the sorrows and joys of my relatives bore me to the very soul. Conversation takes the importance, the seriousness, the truth, out of everything I think. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
378:The Expulsion from Paradise is eternal in its principal aspect: this makes it irrevocable, and our living in this world inevitable, but the eternal nature of the process has the effect that not only could we remain forever in Paradise, but that we are currently there, whether we know it or not. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
379:My job is unbearable to me because it conflicts with my only desire and my only calling, which is literature. Since I am nothing but literature and can and want to be nothing else, my job will never take possession of me, it may, however, shatter me completely, and this is by no means a remote possibility. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
380:Everyone carries a room about inside him. This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing. If someone walks fast and one pricks up one's ears and listens, say in the night, when everything round about is quiet, one hears, for instance, the rattling of a mirror not quite firmly fastened to the wall. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
381: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, @wisdomtrove
382:. . . The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation-a book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
383:This perversion of the truth, familiar to the artist though it was, always unnerved him afresh and proved too much for him. What was a consequence of the premature ending of his fast was here presented as the cause of it! To fight against this lack of understanding, against a whole world of nonunderstanding, was impossible. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
384:Human judgment of human actions is true and void , that is to say, first true and then void... . The judgment of the word is true, the judgment in itself is void... . Only he who is a party can really judge, but as a party he cannot judge. Hence it follows that there is no possibility of judgment in the world, only a glimmer of it. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
385:The observer of the soul cannot penetrate into the soul, but there doubtless is a margin where he comes into contact with it. Recognition of this contact is the fact that even the soul does not know of itself. Hence it must remain unknown. That would be sad only if there were anything apart from the soul, but there is nothing else. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
386:There they lay, but not in the forgetfulness of the previous night. She was seeking and he was seeking, they raged and contorted their faces and bored their heads into each others bosom in the urgency of seeking something, and their embraces and their tossing limbs did not avail to make them forget, but only reminded them of what they sought ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
387:There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise; it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
388:There has never been a time in which I have been convinced from within myself that I am alive. You see, I have only such a fugitive awareness of things around me that I always feel they were once real and are now fleeting away. I have a constant longing, my dear sir, to catch a glimpse of things as they may have been before they show themselves to me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
389:And I leave my post of observation and find I have had enough of this outside life; I feel that there is nothing more that I can learn here, either now or at any time. And I long to say a last goodbye to everything up here, to go down into my burrow never to return again, let things take their course, and not try to retard them with my profitless vigils. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
390:My grandfather used to say: Life is astoundingly short. To me, looking back over it, life seems so foreshortened that I scarcely understand, for instance, how a young man can decide to ride over to the next village without being afraid that -not to mention accidents- even the span of a normal happy life may fall far short of the time needed for such a journey. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
391:and in that recurring dream, I found myself trapped in some sort of gigantic game of which I was unfamiliar with the rules; lost in a labyrinthine town of dark and damp, criss-crossing streets, ambiguous characters of uncertain authority having no idea of why I was there nor what I had to do, and where the first sign of the beginning of understanding was the wish to die. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
392:But Gregor understood easily that it was not only consideration for him which prevented their moving, for he could easily have been transported in a suitable crate with a few air holes; what mainly prevented the family from moving was their complete hopelessness and the thought that they had been struck by a misfortune as none of their relatives and acquaintances had ever been hit. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
393:I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
394:Everyone strives to attain the Law,' answers the man, &
395:They were offered the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. The way children would, they all wanted to be couriers. Therefore there are only couriers who hurry about the world, shouting to each other - since there are no kings - messages that have become meaningless. They would like to put an end to this miserable life of theirs but they dare not because of their oaths of service. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
396:It requires enormous presence of mind or rather quickness of wit, when opening your eyes to seize hold as it were of everything in the room at exactly the same place where you had let it go on the previous evening. That is why the moment of waking up was the riskiest moment of the day. Once that was well over without deflecting you from your orbit, you could take heart of grace for the rest of the day. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
397:Writing sustains me. But wouldn't it be better to say it sustains this kind of life? Which doesn't mean life is any better when I don't write. On the contrary, it is far worse, wholly unbearable, and inevitably ends in madness. This is, of course, only on the assumption that I am a writer even when I don't write - which is indeed the case; and a non-writing writer is, in fact, a monster courting insanity. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
398:People keep themselves at a tolerable height above an infernal abyss toward which they gravitate only by putting out all their strength and lovingly helping one another. They are tied together by ropes, and it's bad enough when the ropes around an individual loosen and he drops somewhat lower than the others into empty space; ghastly when the ropes break and he falls. That's why we should cling to the others. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
399:What a fate: to be condemned to work for a firm where the slightest negligence at once gave rise to the gravest suspicion! Were all the employees nothing but a bunch of scoundrels, was there not among them one single loyal devoted man who, had he wasted only an hour or so of the firm's time in the morning, was so tormented by conscience as to be driven out of his mind and actually incapable of leaving his bed? ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
400:There are two cardinal human sins out of which all others derive, deviate, and dissipate: impatience and lassitude (or perhaps nonchalance). On account of impatience they are driven out of paradise; on account of lassitude or nonchalance they do not return. Perhaps, however, only one main sense of sin is given: impatience. On account of impatience they are driven out, on account of impatience they do not turn back. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
401:Expulsion from Paradise is in its main aspect eternal: that is to say, although expulsion from Paradise is final, and life in theworld unavoidable, the eternity of the process (or, expressed in temporal terms, the eternal repetition of the process) nevertheless makes it possible not only that we might remain in Paradise permanently, but that we may in fact be there permanently, no matter whether we know it here or not. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
402:Alas," said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into." "You only need to change your direction," said the cat, and ate it up. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
403:I can't think of any greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, endlessly, even though I feel that here in this world there's no undisturbed place for our love, neither in the village nor anywhere else; and I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
404:If I didn't have my parents to think about I'd have given in my notice a long time ago, I'd have gone up to the boss and told him just what I think, tell him everything I would, let him know just what I feel. He'd fall right off his desk! And it's a funny sort of business to be sitting up there at your desk, talking down at your subordinates from up there, especially when you have to go right up close because the boss is hard of hearing. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
405:Everything is deception: seeking the minimum of illusion, keeping within the ordinary limitations, seeking the maximum. In the first case one cheats the Good, by trying to make it too easy for oneself to get it, and the Evil by imposing all too unfavorable conditions of warfare on it. In the second case one cheats the Good by keeping as aloof from it as possible, and the Evil by hoping to make it powerless through intensifying it to the utmost. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
406:When one has once accepted and absorbed Evil, it no longer demands the unfitness of the means. The ulterior motives with which youabsorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil... . Evil is whatever distracts. Evil knows of the Good, but Good does not know of Evil. Knowledge of oneself is something only Evil has. One means that Evil has is the dialogue... . One cannot pay Evil in installments&
407:He thought back on his family with deep emotion and love. His conviction that he would have to disappear was, if possible, even firmer than his sister's. He remained in this state of empty and peaceful reflection until the tower clock struck three in the morning. He still saw that outside the window everything was beginning to grow light. Then, without his consent, his head sank down to the floor, and from his nostrils streamed his last weak breath. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
408:If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we should also be happy if we had no books, and such books as make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. But what we must have are those books which come upon us like ill fortune, and distress us deeply, like the death of one we love better than ourselves; like suicide. A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
409:One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one willl only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: "This man is not to be locked up again, He is to come with me. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
410:I am constantly trying to communicate something incommunicable, to explain something inexplicable, to tell about something I only feel in my bones and which can only be experienced in those bones. Basically it is nothing other than this fear we have so often talked about, but fear spread to everything, fear of the greatest as of the smallest, fear, paralyzing fear of pronouncing a word, although this fear may not only be fear but also a longing for something greater than all that is fearful. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
411:When K. looked at the castle, often it seemed to him as if he were observing someone who sat quietly there in front of him gazing, not lost in thought and so oblivious of everything, but free and untroubled, as if he were alone with nobody to observe him, and yet must notice that he was observed, and all the same remained with his calm not even slightly disturbed; and really - one did not know whether it was cause or effect - the gaze of the observer could not remain concentrated there, but slid away. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
412:I stand on the end platform of the tram and am completely unsure of my footing in this world, in this town, in my family. Not even casually could I indicate any claims that I might rightly advance in any direction. I have not even any defense to offer for standing on this platform, holding on to this strap, letting myself be carried along by this tram, nor for the people who give way to the tram or walk quietly along or stand gazing into shop windows. Nobody asks me to put up a defense, indeed, but that is irrelevant. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
413:I don't know who the great lawyers are, and I presume you can't get to them. I know of no case where it can be said for certain that they took part. They defend some people, but you can't get them to do that through your own efforts, they only defend the ones they want to defend. But I assume a case they take on must have progressed beyond the lower court. It's better not to think of them at all, otherwise you'll find the consultations with the other lawyers, their advice and their assistance, extremely disgusting and useless. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove

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1:Books are a narcotic. ~ Franz Kafka,
2:Writers speak stench. ~ Franz Kafka,
3:You too have weapons. ~ Franz Kafka,
4:Writer speaks a stench. ~ Franz Kafka,
5:Paths are made by walking ~ Franz Kafka,
6:Evil is whatever distracts. ~ Franz Kafka,
7:I carry the bars within me. ~ Franz Kafka,
8:The limited circle is pure. ~ Franz Kafka,
9:In a way, I was safe writing ~ Franz Kafka,
10:Paths are made by walking
   ~ Franz Kafka,
11:Please — consider me a dream. ~ Franz Kafka,
12:The truth is always an abyss. ~ Franz Kafka,
13:Writing [is] a form of prayer. ~ Franz Kafka,
14:Kill me, or you are a murderer. ~ Franz Kafka,
15:Religions get lost as people do. ~ Franz Kafka,
16:I am a cage, in search of a bird. ~ Franz Kafka,
17:I like to make use of what I know ~ Franz Kafka,
18:I am a cage, in search of a bird. ~ Franz Kafka,
19:I never wish to be easily defined. ~ Franz Kafka,
20:I passed by the brothel as though ~ Franz Kafka,
21:Love is a drama of contradictions. ~ Franz Kafka,
22:Dread of night. Dread of not-night. ~ Franz Kafka,
23:Evil is the starry sky of the Good. ~ Franz Kafka,
24:One reads in order to ask questions ~ Franz Kafka,
25:I am free and that is why I am lost. ~ Franz Kafka,
26:I lack nothing. I only needed myself. ~ Franz Kafka,
27:Isolation is a way to know ourselves. ~ Franz Kafka,
28:The meaning of life is that it stops. ~ Franz Kafka,
29:Writing is a sweet, wonderful reward. ~ Franz Kafka,
30:Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb. ~ Franz Kafka,
31:I am in chains. Don't touch my chains. ~ Franz Kafka,
32:No one can crave what truly harms him. ~ Franz Kafka,
33:All language is but a poor translation. ~ Franz Kafka,
34:First impressions are always unreliable. ~ Franz Kafka,
35:Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph. ~ Franz Kafka,
36:The true word leads; the untrue misleads. ~ Franz Kafka,
37:The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. ~ Franz Kafka,
38:Writing means revealing oneself to excess. ~ Franz Kafka,
39:I do not see the world at all; I invent it. ~ Franz Kafka,
40:In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. ~ Franz Kafka,
41:Only the moment counts. It determines life. ~ Franz Kafka,
42:Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life. ~ Franz Kafka,
43:What am I doing here in this endless winter? ~ Franz Kafka,
44:Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy, as light. ~ Franz Kafka,
45:They say ignorance is bliss.... they're wrong ~ Franz Kafka,
46:To animalise is humane, to humanise is animal. ~ Franz Kafka,
47:God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. ~ Franz Kafka,
48:There sat I, a faded being, under faded leaves. ~ Franz Kafka,
49:Work as joy, inaccessible to the psychologists. ~ Franz Kafka,
50:Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. ~ Franz Kafka,
51:Interior design courtesy of Franz Kafka. ~ Matthew FitzSimmons,
52:There will be no proof that I ever was a writer. ~ Franz Kafka,
53:We need the books that affect us like a disaster ~ Franz Kafka,
54:What is gayer than believing in a household god? ~ Franz Kafka,
55:Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it. ~ Franz Kafka,
56:It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. ~ Franz Kafka,
57:So eager are our people to obliterate the present. ~ Franz Kafka,
58:There's an infinite amount of hope but not for us. ~ Franz Kafka,
59:What is written is merely the dregs of experience. ~ Franz Kafka,
60:A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. ~ Franz Kafka,
61:A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us. ~ Franz Kafka,
62:From a real antagonist one gains boundless courage. ~ Franz Kafka,
63:It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. ~ Franz Kafka,
64:I usually solve problems by letting them devour me. ~ Franz Kafka,
65:A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. ~ Franz Kafka,
66:A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. ~ Franz Kafka,
67:I have spent my life resisting the desire to end it. ~ Franz Kafka,
68:Palestine needs earth, but it does not need lawyers. ~ Franz Kafka,
69:What's happened to me,' he thought. It was no dream. ~ Franz Kafka,
70:No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth. ~ Franz Kafka,
71:He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone. ~ Franz Kafka,
72:I’m doing badly, I’m doing well; whichever you prefer. ~ Franz Kafka,
73:In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world. ~ Franz Kafka,
74:If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? ~ Franz Kafka,
75:I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly. ~ Franz Kafka,
76:In the fight between you and the world, back the world. ~ Franz Kafka,
77:The Messiah will only come when he is no longer needed. ~ Franz Kafka,
78:Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. ~ Franz Kafka,
79:Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. ~ Franz Kafka,
80:He who does not answer the questions has passed the test. ~ Franz Kafka,
81:Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more. ~ Franz Kafka,
82:Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. ~ Franz Kafka,
83:Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. ~ Franz Kafka,
84:Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith. ~ Franz Kafka,
85:He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived. ~ Franz Kafka,
86:I am a retiring, silent, unsociable, and discontent person. ~ Franz Kafka,
87:Love is, that you are the knife which I plunge into myself. ~ Franz Kafka,
88:My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. ~ Franz Kafka,
89:A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. ~ Franz Kafka,
90:It receives you when you come and dismisses you when you go. ~ Franz Kafka,
91:It's impossible to defend oneself in the absence of goodwill ~ Franz Kafka,
92:My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me. ~ Franz Kafka,
93:The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support. ~ Franz Kafka,
94:Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair. ~ Franz Kafka,
95:My fear is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
96:One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. ~ Franz Kafka,
97:You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart. ~ Franz Kafka,
98:Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. ~ Franz Kafka,
99:The man in ecstasy and the man drowning: both raise their arms. ~ Franz Kafka,
100:Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. ~ Franz Kafka,
101:In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world. ~ Franz Kafka,
102:The various forms of despair at the various stations on the road. ~ Franz Kafka,
103:What if I slept a little more and forgot about all this nonsense. ~ Franz Kafka,
104:A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die. ~ Franz Kafka,
105:A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. ~ Franz Kafka,
106:Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. ~ Franz Kafka,
107:Going to pieces. To go to pieces so pointlessly and unnecessarily. ~ Franz Kafka,
108:There is a goal but no way; what we call the way is mere wavering. ~ Franz Kafka,
109:A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. ~ Franz Kafka,
110:From the true antagonist illimitable courage is transmitted to you. ~ Franz Kafka,
111:He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. ~ Franz Kafka,
112:Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle. ~ Franz Kafka,
113:You can choose to be free , but it's last decision you'll ever make ~ Franz Kafka,
114:I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. ~ Franz Kafka,
115:The state we find ourselves in is sinful quite independent of guilt. ~ Franz Kafka,
116:Torment yourself as little as possible, then you'll torment me less. ~ Franz Kafka,
117:A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
118:Do not waste your time looking for an obstacle - maybe there is none. ~ Franz Kafka,
119:I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea. ~ Franz Kafka,
120:Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. ~ Franz Kafka,
121:Most men are not wicked... They are sleep-walkers, not evil evildoers. ~ Franz Kafka,
122:Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. ~ Franz Kafka,
123:I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
124:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. ~ Franz Kafka,
125:Simply wait, be quiet, still The world will freely offer itself to you. ~ Franz Kafka,
126:There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us. ~ Franz Kafka,
127:Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached. ~ Franz Kafka,
128:How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? ~ Franz Kafka,
129:The purpose of a story is to be an axe that breaks up the ice within us. ~ Franz Kafka,
130:All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else. ~ Franz Kafka,
131:Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency. ~ Franz Kafka,
132:Anybody who preserves the ability to recognize beauty will never get old. ~ Franz Kafka,
133:I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it. ~ Franz Kafka,
134:One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom. ~ Franz Kafka,
135:Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
136:I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it. ~ Franz Kafka,
137:I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. ~ Franz Kafka,
138:If Franz Kafka were alive today he'd be writing about customer service. ~ Jonathan Alter,
139:There are times when I am convinced I am unfit for any human relationship. ~ Franz Kafka,
140:I never imagined that so many days would ultimately make such a small life. ~ Franz Kafka,
141:You are so vulnerably haunting. Your eeriness is terrifyingly irresistible. ~ Franz Kafka,
142:Adam's first domestic pet after the expulsion from Paradise was the serpent. ~ Franz Kafka,
143:If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss. ~ Franz Kafka,
144:A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a "brief." ~ Franz Kafka,
145:I, however, cannot force myself to use "meat drugs" to cheat on my loneliness. ~ Franz Kafka,
146:Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. ~ Franz Kafka,
147:The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. ~ Franz Kafka,
148:Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
149:There is a destination but no way there; what we refer to as way is hesitation. ~ Franz Kafka,
150:Maybe innocence makes its way easiest through the elemental chaos of this world. ~ Franz Kafka,
151:I won't give up the diary again. I must hold on here, it is the only place I can. ~ Franz Kafka,
152:Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
153:sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man the most guilty. ~ Franz Kafka,
154:All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog. ~ Franz Kafka,
155:As far as I have seen, at school...they aimed at blotting out one's individuality. ~ Franz Kafka,
156:Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. ~ Franz Kafka,
157:Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. ~ Franz Kafka,
158:In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing. ~ Franz Kafka,
159:Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self. ~ Franz Kafka,
160:There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. ~ Franz Kafka,
161:True undoubting is the teacher's part, continual undoubting the part of the pupil. ~ Franz Kafka,
162:When one has once accepted and absorbed Evil, it no longer demands to be believed. ~ Franz Kafka,
163:It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves. ~ Franz Kafka,
164:To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard. ~ Franz Kafka,
165:We were created in order to live in Paradise, and Paradise was ordained to serve us. ~ Franz Kafka,
166:A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it. ~ Franz Kafka,
167:Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
168:What do I have in common with Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself. ~ Franz Kafka,
169:Either the world is so tiny or we are enormous; in either case, we fill it completely. ~ Franz Kafka,
170:Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, but that alone doesn't make it true. ~ Franz Kafka,
171:The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. ~ Franz Kafka,
172:There is a down-and-outness under true knowledge and a childlike happy arising from it. ~ Franz Kafka,
173:Just because your doctor has a name for your condition, doesn't mean he knows what it is. ~ Franz Kafka,
174:Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. ~ Franz Kafka,
175:So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. ~ Franz Kafka,
176:What is meant by its nature for the highest and the best, spreads among the lowly people. ~ Franz Kafka,
177:Written kisses never arrive at their destination; the ghosts drink them up along the way. ~ Franz Kafka,
178:A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. [Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922]
   ~ Franz Kafka,
179:I wanted to escape the unrest, to shut out the voices around me and within me, so I write. ~ Franz Kafka,
180:There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. ~ Franz Kafka,
181:If something good has lost its way into you, it will make its escape overnight. I know you. ~ Franz Kafka,
182:I was warped early by Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe. I was very fond of Franz Kafka. ~ Margaret Atwood,
183:Man cannot live without a continuous confidence in something indestructible within himself. ~ Franz Kafka,
184:Sometimes I think I can expiate all my past and future sins through the aching of my bones. ~ Franz Kafka,
185:If this is what you came for, then I didn't send for you. Kafka (note to himself in journal) ~ Franz Kafka,
186:The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. ~ Franz Kafka,
187:Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me. ~ Franz Kafka,
188:Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. ~ Franz Kafka,
189:The storm which blew me out of my past eased off. —FRANZ KAFKA, “A Report for an Academy ~ Karen Joy Fowler,
190:Written kisses don't reach their destination, rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts. ~ Franz Kafka,
191:My life was sweeter than other people's and my death will be more terrible by the same degree. ~ Franz Kafka,
192:Ours is a lost generation, it may be, but it is more blameless than those earlier generations. ~ Franz Kafka,
193:Because of impatience we were driven out [of Paradise]; because of impatience we cannot return. ~ Franz Kafka,
194:I am more uncertain than I ever was; I feel only the power of life. And I am senselessly empty. ~ Franz Kafka,
195:There are questions we could not get past if we were not set free from them by our very nature. ~ Franz Kafka,
196:Art is for the artist is only suffering through which he releases himself for further suffering. ~ Franz Kafka,
197:Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
198:The fact that there is nothing but a spiritual world deprives us of hope and gives us certainty. ~ Franz Kafka,
199:But questions that don’t answer themselves at the very moment of their asking are never answered. ~ Franz Kafka,
200:I am on the hunt for constructions. I come into a room and find them whitely merging in a corner. ~ Franz Kafka,
201:I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and so it all goes on in helpless darkness. ~ Franz Kafka,
202:The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. ~ Franz Kafka,
203:You need not even listen, just wait...the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. ~ Franz Kafka,
204:Every dog has like me the impulse to question, and I have like every dog the impulse not to answer. ~ Franz Kafka,
205:The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. ~ Franz Kafka,
206:I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man. ~ Franz Kafka,
207:In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure. ~ Franz Kafka,
208:I'm thinking only of my illness and my health, though both, the first as well as the second, are you. ~ Franz Kafka,
209:May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air. ~ Franz Kafka,
210:So then you’re free?’ ‘Yes, I’m free,’ said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom. ~ Franz Kafka,
211:A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."

[Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922] ~ Franz Kafka,
212:I can't feel a thing; All mournful petal storms are dancing inside the very private spring of my head. ~ Franz Kafka,
213:If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted. ~ Franz Kafka,
214:By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. ~ Franz Kafka,
215:The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. ~ Franz Kafka,
216:We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes. ~ Franz Kafka,
217:Every one of us has a bad conscience, which he tries to escape by going to sleep as quickly as possible. ~ Franz Kafka,
218:From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. ~ Franz Kafka,
219:It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical. ~ Franz Kafka,
220:Love has as few problems as a motor car. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road. ~ Franz Kafka,
221:There was once a community of scoundrels, that is to say, they were not scoundrels, but ordinary people. ~ Franz Kafka,
222:This morning, for the first time in a long time, the joy again of imagining a knife twisted in my heart. ~ Franz Kafka,
223:Knowledge we have. Anyone who strives for it with particular intensity is suspect of striving against it. ~ Franz Kafka,
224:That Motel Weekend by James Donner, The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. ~ Timothy Ferriss,
225:The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life-the terror of art. ~ Franz Kafka,
226:Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form. ~ Franz Kafka,
227:But what if all the tranquility, all the comfort, all the contentment were now to come to a horrifying end? ~ Franz Kafka,
228:If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? ~ Franz Kafka,
229: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,
230:The founder brought the laws from the lawgiver; the faithful are meant to announce the laws to the lawgiver. ~ Franz Kafka,
231:I have a wife, three children, three dogs, seven cats. I'm not a Franz Kafka, sitting alone and suffering. ~ Stanley Kubrick,
232:Like tired dogs they stand there, because they use up all their strength in remaining upright in one's memory. ~ Franz Kafka,
233:What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself. —Franz Kafka Medicine, ~ Siddhartha Mukherjee,
234:We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. ~ Franz Kafka,
235:Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive. ~ Franz Kafka,
236:Humility provides everyone, even him who despairs in solitude, with the strongest relationship to his fellow man. ~ Franz Kafka,
237:If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. ~ Franz Kafka,
238:It would be very unjust to say that you deserted me, but that I was deserted, and sometimes terribly so, is true. ~ Franz Kafka,
239:Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. ~ Franz Kafka,
240:The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other. ~ Franz Kafka,
241:A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. ~ Franz Kafka,
242:I am away from home and must always write home, even if any home of mine has long since floated away into eternity. ~ Franz Kafka,
243:I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe. ~ Franz Kafka,
244:One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back into the darkness of the Ark ~ Franz Kafka,
245:Some deny the existence of misery by pointing to the sun; he denies the existence of the sun by pointing to misery. ~ Franz Kafka,
246:As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. ~ Franz Kafka,
247:I made the remark that I don't avoid people in order to live quietly, but rather in order to be able to die quietly. ~ Franz Kafka,
248:Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~ Franz Kafka,
249:Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” asked “That if Franz Kafka were here his head would explode?”
“Actually, yeah. ~ David Wong,
250:Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. ~ Franz Kafka,
251:Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~ Franz Kafka,
252:Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm. ~ Franz Kafka,
253:There can be knowledge of the diabolical, but no belief in it, for more of the diabolical than there is does not exist. ~ Franz Kafka,
254:The whole visible world is perhaps nothing more than the rationalization of a man who wants to find peace for a moment. ~ Franz Kafka,
255:In a certain sense you deny the existence of this world. You explain life as a state of rest, a state of rest in motion. ~ Franz Kafka,
256:You're not cross with me, though?" he said. She pulled her hand away and answered, "No, no, I'm never cross with anyone. ~ Franz Kafka,
257:Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
258:I stand on the end platform of the tram and am completely unsure of my footing in this world, in this town, in my family." Franz Kafka,
259:Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. ~ Franz Kafka,
260:Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. ~ Franz Kafka,
261:Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. ~ Franz Kafka,
262:Evil does not exist; once you have crossed the threshold, all is good. Once in another world, you must hold your tongue.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
263:It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. ~ Franz Kafka,
264:No matter how much you keep encouraging someone who is blindfolded to stare through the cloth, he still won’t see a thing.". ~ Franz Kafka,
265:People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'. ~ Franz Kafka,
266:there is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well. Another world, and you do not have to speak ~ Franz Kafka,
267:Como si hubiese huido de mí todo lo que he poseído, y no hubiese de satisfacerme si regresase - Franz Kafka ~ Lars Fredrik H ndler Svendsen,
268:It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable. ~ Franz Kafka,
269: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,
270:One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer. ~ Franz Kafka,
271:Our art is a way of being dazzled by truth: the light on the grotesquely grimacing retreating face is true, and nothing else. ~ Franz Kafka,
272:I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself. ~ Franz Kafka,
273:If education tries to make other persons out of us than we essentially are, deeper inside, it stultifies, and reproach matters. ~ Franz Kafka,
274:One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy. ~ Franz Kafka,
275:Writing is a deeper sleep than death. Just as one wouldn't pull a corpse from its grave, I can't be dragged from my desk at night. ~ Franz Kafka,
276:At that point I asked myself: How is it that she is not amazed at herself, that she keeps her lips closed and makes no such remark? ~ Franz Kafka,
277:Nothing, you know, gives the body greater satisfaction than ordering people about, or at least believing in one's ability to do so. ~ Franz Kafka,
278:There was once a community of scoundrels, that is to say, they were not scoundrels, but ordinary people. ~ Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks,
279:This noble body, equipped with everything necessary, almost to the point of bursting, also appeared to carry freedom around with it. ~ Franz Kafka,
280:Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light. ~ Franz Kafka,
281:You see, I have only such a fugitive awareness of things around me that I always feel they were once real and are now fleeting away. ~ Franz Kafka,
282:If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
283: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
284:Sometimes I'd like to stuff all Jews (myself included) into the drawer of a laundry basket. then open it to see if they've suffocated ~ Franz Kafka,
285:The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred. ~ Franz Kafka,
286:One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous bug. ~ Franz Kafka,
287:Utterance does not in principle mean a weakening of conviction--that would not be anything to be deplored--but a weakness of conviction. ~ Franz Kafka,
288:All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue. ~ Franz Kafka,
289:In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. ~ Franz Kafka,
290:But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I'd say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region. ~ Vaclav Havel,
291:My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do not see the word at all, I invent it. ~ Franz Kafka,
292:By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. ~ Franz Kafka,
293:Life is merely terrible; I feel it as few others do. Often — and in my inmost self perhaps all the time — I doubt whether I am a human being. ~ Franz Kafka,
294:Anyone who believes cannot experience miracles. By day one does not see any stars. Anyone who does miracles says: I cannot let goof the earth. ~ Franz Kafka,
295:If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us. ~ Franz Kafka,
296:Hold fast to the diary from today on! Write regularly! Don't surrender! Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it every moment. ~ Franz Kafka,
297: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
298:It was being published, even after his death, that brought Franz Kafka alive: otherwise he would have been just a man who got nowhere with women. ~ Clive James,
299:The man in ecstasy and the man drowning - both throw up their arms. The first to signify harmony, the second to signify strife with the elements. ~ Franz Kafka,
300:Picasso only registers the deformities which have not yet penetrated our consciousness. Art is a mirror which goes 'fast' like a watch - sometimes. ~ Franz Kafka,
301:Should I be grateful or should I curse the fact that despite all misfortune I can still feel love, an unearthly love but still for earthly objects. ~ Franz Kafka,
302:Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's death. ~ Franz Kafka,
303: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,
304:Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgment by that name in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session. ~ Franz Kafka,
305:Sie machten beide so bitter ernste und grimmige Gesichter, dass sie aussahen wie Dideldum und Dideldei, wenn Franz Kafka über sie geschrieben hätte. ~ Stephen King,
306:Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. ~ Franz Kafka,
307:Franz Kafka’nın vakti zamanında açıkladığı gibi: Ulaşılacak bir amaç vardır ama yol yoktur; kararsızlıklarımıza, duraksamalarımıza yol adını takarız. ~ Georges Perec,
308:They did not know what we can now guess at, contemplating the course of history: that change begins in the soul before it appears in ordinary existence. ~ Franz Kafka,
309: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
310:I believe that we should read only those books that bite and sting us. If a book we are reading does not rouse us with a blow to the head, then why read it? ~ Franz Kafka,
311: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
312:Why do we complain about the Fall? It is not on its account that we were expelled from Paradise, but on account of the Tree of Life, lest we might eat of it. ~ Franz Kafka,
313:I can once more carry on a conversation with myself, and don't stare so into complete emptiness. Only in this way is there any possibility of improvement for me. ~ Franz Kafka,
314:The true way goes over a line that, rather than spanning heights, is hardly above the ground. It appears more decidedly to make one trip than to be walked along. ~ Franz Kafka,
315:Anyone who loves his neighbor within the limits of the world is doing no more and no less injustice than someone who loves himself within the limits of the world. ~ Franz Kafka,
316:It's sometimes quite astonishing that a single, average life is enough to encompass so much that it's at all possible ever to have any success in one's work here. ~ Franz Kafka,
317:Two tasks at the beginning of your life: to narrow your orbit more and more, and ever and again to check whether you are not in hiding somewhere outside your orbit. ~ Franz Kafka,
318:The Messiah will come only when he is no longer necessary, he will come only one day after his arrival, he will not come on the last day, but on the last day of all. ~ Franz Kafka,
319:Two possibilities: making oneself infinitely small or being so. The second is perfection, that is to say, inactivity, the first is beginning, that is to say, action. ~ Franz Kafka,
320:If what was supposed to have been destroyed in Paradise was destructible, then it was not decisive; but if it was indestructible, then we are living in a false belief. ~ Franz Kafka,
321:it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle. ~ Franz Kafka,
322:The true way goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon. ~ Franz Kafka,
323: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,
324:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? ~ Franz Kafka,
325: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,
326:It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you. ~ Franz Kafka,
327: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,
328:I see, these books are probably law books, and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance. ~ Franz Kafka,
329: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,
330: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
331:April 27. Incapable of living with people, of speaking. Complete immersion in myself, thinking of myself. Apathetic, witless, fearful. I have nothing to say to anyone - never. ~ Franz Kafka,
332:The delights of this life are not its own, but our fear of the ascent into a higher life; the torments of this life are not its own, but our self-torment because of that fear. ~ Franz Kafka,
333:The notion of the infinite expanse and copiousness of the cosmos is the result of the mixture, carried to the extreme limit, of laborious creation and free self-determination. ~ Franz Kafka,
334:This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer. ~ Franz Kafka,
335:Believing means liberating the indestructible element in oneself, or, more accurately, liberating oneself, or, more accurately, being indestructible, or, more accurately, being. ~ Franz Kafka,
336:No," said the priest, "you don't need to accept everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary." "Depressing view," said K. "The lie made into the rule of the world. ~ Franz Kafka,
337: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,
338: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,
339:You, who can't do anything, think you can bring off something like that? How can you even dare to think about it? If you were capable of it, you certainly wouldn't be in need of it. ~ Franz Kafka,
340:All science is methodolgy with regard to the Absolute. Therefore, there need be no fear of the unequivocally methodological. It isa husk, but not more than everything except the One. ~ Franz Kafka,
341:For words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks be hind on the brain, which in the twinkling of an eye become the footprints of history. One ought to watch one' s every word. ~ Franz Kafka,
342:The Kafka paradox: art depends on truth, but truth, being indivisable, cannot know itself: to tell the truth is to lie. thus the writer is the truth, and yet when he speakes he lies. ~ Franz Kafka,
343:The worries that are the burden of which the privileged person makes an excuse in dealing with the oppressed person are in fact the worries about preserving his privileged condition. ~ Franz Kafka,
344:Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never. ~ Franz Kafka,
345:The existence of the writer is an argument against the existence of the soul, for the soul has obviously taken flight from the real ego, but not improved itself, only become a writer. ~ Franz Kafka,
346:"Don't you want to join us?" I was recently asked by an acquaintance when he ran across me alone after midnight in a coffeehouse that was already almost deserted. "No, I don't," I said. ~ Franz Kafka,
347:That's how it will be, except that in reality, both today and later, one will stand there with a palpable body and a real head, a real forehead, that is, for smiting on with one's hand. ~ Franz Kafka,
348:Franz Kafka is an idea person. His books begin and end in ideas. Ideas have always been important to me in my writing. To the point that I have to be careful that they don't take over. ~ Alan Lightman,
349:I am too tired, I must try to rest and sleep, otherwise I am lost in every respect. What an effort to keep alive! Erecting a monument does not require an expenditure of so much strength. ~ Franz Kafka,
350:The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means: the impossibility of crows. ~ Franz Kafka,
351:Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire. ~ Franz Kafka,
352:What I write is different from what I say, what I say is different from what I think, what I think is different from what I ought to think and so it goes further into the deepest darkness. ~ Franz Kafka,
353:Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire. ~ Franz Kafka,
354:The whole visible world is perhaps nothing other than a motivation of man's wish to rest for a moment an attempt to falsify the fact of knowledge, to try to turn the knowledge into the goal. ~ Franz Kafka,
355:We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. ~ Franz Kafka,
356: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
357:Franz Kafka wrote, “It isn’t necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you. ~ Austin Kleon,
358:Leop­ards break in­to the tem­ple and drink all the sac­ri­fi­cial ves­sels dry; it keeps hap­pen­ing; in the end, it can be cal­cu­lat­ed in ad­vance and is in­cor­po­rat­ed in­to the rit­ual. ~ Franz Kafka,
359: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,
360:A picture of my existence... would show a useless wooden stake covered in snow... stuck loosely at a slant in the ground in a ploughed field on the edge of a vast open plain on a dark winter night. ~ Franz Kafka,
361:From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. ~ Franz Kafka,
362:The history of the world, as it is written and handed down by word of mouth, often fails us completely; but man's intuitive capacity, though it often misleads, does lead, does not ever abandon one. ~ Franz Kafka,
363:The Fathers of the Church were not afraid to go out into the desert because they had a richness in their hearts. But we, with richness all around us, are afraid, because the desert is in our hearts. ~ Franz Kafka,
364: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,
365:This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me. ~ Franz Kafka,
366:Towards the avoidance of a piece of verbal confusion: What is intended to be actively destroyed must first of all have been firmly grasped; what crumbles away crumbles away, but cannot be destroyed. ~ Franz Kafka,
367: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
368: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,
369:He is a free and secure citizen of the world because he is on a chain that is long enough to allow him access to all parts of the earth, and yet not so long that he could be swept over the edge of it. ~ Franz Kafka,
370:The more horses you yoke the quicker everything will go - not the rending of the block from its foundation, which is impossible, but the snapping of the traces and with that the gay and empty journey. ~ Franz Kafka,
371:The person I am in the company of my sisters has been entirely different from the person I am in the company of other people. Fearless, powerful, surprising, moved as I otherwise am only when I write. ~ Franz Kafka,
372:We were expelled from Paradise, but it was not destroyed. The expulsion from Paradise was in one sense a piece of good fortune, for if we had not been expelled, Paradise would have had to be destroyed. ~ Franz Kafka,
373:I am always trying to convey something that can’t be conveyed, to explain something which is inexplicable, to tell about something I have in my bones, something which can be expressed only in the bones. ~ Franz Kafka,
374:I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more ~ Franz Kafka,
375:Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible, then one must try to wriggle through by subtle manoeuvres. ~ Franz Kafka,
376:Death confronts us not unlike the historical battle scene that hangs on the wall of the classroom. It is our task to obscure or quite obliterate the picture by our deeds while we are still in this world. ~ Franz Kafka,
377:His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked. ~ Franz Kafka,
378: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. ~ Franz Kafka,
379:The cruelty of death lies in the fact that it brings the real sorrow of the end, but not the end. The greatest cruelty of death: an apparent end causes a real sorrow. Our salvation is death, but not this one. ~ Franz Kafka,
380:Anyone who renounces the world must love all men, for he renounces their world too. He thus begins to have some inkling of the true nature of man, which cannot but be loved, always assuming that one is its peer. ~ Franz Kafka,
381:Franz Kafka is a huge influence, more than the Grimms. To allow yourself to get into the coal bucket and fly to the sky ... we learned that from Kafka, that you can have a thought and make a body of it in this way. ~ Lore Segal,
382: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,
383:I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person. ~ Franz Kafka,
384:The Diabolical sometimes assumes the aspect of the Good, or even embodies itself completely in its form. If this remains concealedfrom me, I am of course defeated, for this Good is more tempting than the genuine Good. ~ Franz Kafka,
385:The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. Only after death, only in solitude, does a man’s true nature emerge. In death, as on the chimney sweep’s Saturday night, the soot gets washed from his body. ~ Franz Kafka,
386:Marrying, founding a family, accepting all the children that come, supporting them in this insecure world, and perhaps even guiding them a little, is, I am convinced, the utmost a human being can succeed in doing at all. ~ Franz Kafka,
387:To every instant there is a correspondence in something outside time. This world here and now cannot be followed by a Beyond, for the Beyond is eternal, hence it cannot be in temporal contact with this world here and now. ~ Franz Kafka,
388: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,
389:Human nature, essentially changeable, as unstable as the dust, can endure no restraint; if it binds itself it soon begins to tear madly at its bonds, until it rends everything asunder, the wall, the bonds, and its very self. ~ Franz Kafka,
390:Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in finding in the dark void a place where the beam of light can be intensely caught, without this having been perceptible before. ~ Franz Kafka,
391:In one and the same human being there are cognitions that, however utterly dissimilar they are, yet have one and the same object,so that one can only conclude that there are different subjects in one and the same human being. ~ Franz Kafka,
392:Photography concentrates one's eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can't catch that even with the sharpest lens. ~ Franz Kafka,
393:The old incapacity. Interrupted my writing for barely ten days and already cast out. Once again prodigious efforts stand before me. You have to dive down, as it were, and sink more rapidly than that which sinks in advance of you. ~ Franz Kafka,
394:I answer one of your letters, then lie in bed in apparent calm, but my heart beats through my entire body and is conscious only of you. I belong to you; there is really no other way of expressing it, and that is not strong enough. ~ Franz Kafka,
395:If they were shocked, then Gregor had no further responsibility and could be calm. But if they took everything calmly, he he, too, had no reason to get excited and could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight o'clock. ~ Franz Kafka,
396:My views about the safety of Jews in the world have not been changed by the work on the Dreyfus affair or, for that matter, by the work I did on Franz Kafka for the book on him I published a year before the Dreyfus book appeared. ~ Louis Begley,
397:For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can't be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance. ~ Franz Kafka,
398:Soñé que la Tierra se acababa. Y que el único ser humano que contemplaba el final era Franz Kafka. En el cielo los Titanes luchaban a muerte. Desde un asiento de hierro forjado del parque de Nueva York Kafka veía arder el mundo. ~ Roberto Bola o,
399:One of the most effective means of seduction that Evil has is the challenge to struggle. It is like the struggle with women, whichends in bed. A married man's true deviations from the path of virtue are, rightly understood, never gay. ~ Franz Kafka,
400:And so gentlemen, I learned. Oh, if you have to learn, you learn; if you’re desperate for a way out, you learn; you learn pitilessly. You stand over yourself with a whip in your hand; if there’s the least resistance, you lash yourself. ~ Franz Kafka,
401:A week later he was in Tokyo, his face reflected in an elevator’s gold-veined mirror for this three-floor ascent of the aggressively nondescript O My Golly Building. To be admitted to Death Cube K, apparently a Franz Kafka theme bar. ~ William Gibson,
402:Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it. ~ Franz Kafka,
403:One can disintegrate the world by means of very strong light. For weak eyes the world becomes solid, for still weaker eyes it seems to develop fists, for eyes weaker still it becomes shamefaced and smashes anyone who dares to gaze upon it. ~ Franz Kafka,
404:In Paradise, as always: that which causes the sin and that which recognizes it for what it is are one. The clear conscience is Evil, which is so entirely victorious that it does not any longer consider the leap from left to right necessary. ~ Franz Kafka,
405:If all responsibility is imposed on you, then you may want to exploit the moment and want to be overwhelmed by the responsibility;yet if you try, you will notice that nothing was imposed on you, but that you are yourself this responsibility. ~ Franz Kafka,
406:Every new discovery is assumed at once into the sum total of knowledge, and with that ceases in a sense to be a discovery; it dissolves into the whole and disappears, and one must have a trained scientific eye even to recognize it after that. ~ Franz Kafka,
407:The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is quite clear to me. ~ Franz Kafka,
408:For everything outside the phenomenal world, language can only be used allusively, but never even approximately in a comparative way, since, corresponding as it does to the phenomenal world, it is concerned only with property and its relations. ~ Franz Kafka,
409:Franz Kafka wrote, “It isn’t necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you.” And Kafka was born a century before the Internet! ~ Austin Kleon,
410:Evil is the radiation of the human consciousness in certain transitional positions. It is not actually the sensual world that is amere appearance; what is so is the evil of it, which, admittedly, is what constitutes the sensual world in our eyes. ~ Franz Kafka,
411:In a chapter titled “The Angel of Disgust,” which deals with Franz Kafka’s writings, he describes “Brunelda: an evil-smelling, gigantic mass of flesh and a filthy prostitute, whose eating habits and other practices are thoroughly repellant” (p. 227). ~ Anonymous,
412:In view of the fact that I surround myself with numbskulls now, I shall die among numbskulls, and on my deathbed shall be surrounded by numbskulls who will not understand what I am saying ... Whom am I sleeping with these days ? Franz Kafka. ~ Patricia Highsmith,
413:We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. ~ Franz Kafka,
414: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,
415:There's no quiet place here on earth for our love, not in the village and not anywhere else, so I picture a grave, deep and narrow, in which we embrace as if clamped together, I bury my face against you, you yours against me, and no one will ever see us. ~ Franz Kafka,
416: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,
417: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,
418:All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers, is contained in the dog. If one could but realize this knowledge, if one could but bring it into the light of day, if we dogs would but own that we know infinitely more than we admit to ourselves! ~ Franz Kafka,
419:It is strange how little sharpsightedness women possess; they only notice whether they please, then whether they arouse pity, and finally, whether you look for compassion from them. That is all; come to think of it, it may even be enough, generally speaking. ~ Franz Kafka,
420:Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only superficially) and is ready to release what lies deeper. When I am willfully alone, a slight ordering of my interior begins to take place and I need nothing more. ~ Franz Kafka,
421:But eternity is not temporality at a standstill. What is oppressive about the concept of the eternal is the justification, incomprehensible to us, that time must undergo in eternity and the logical conclusion of that, the justification of ourselves as we are. ~ Franz Kafka,
422:Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come. ~ Franz Kafka,
423:People who walk across dark bridges, past saints, with dim, small lights. Clouds which move across gray skies past churches with towers darkened in the dusk. One who leans against granite railing gazing into the evening waters, His hands resting on old stones. ~ Franz Kafka,
424:it was like this. the brain could no longer bear the worries and pains that were imposed on it. it said: "i'm giving up; but if there is anyone else here who is interested in preserving the whole, let him assume part of my burden and it will be alright for a bit. ~ Franz Kafka,
425:Man cannot live without a permanent trust in something indestructible in himself, though both the indestructible element and the trust may remain permanently hidden from him. One of the ways in which this hiddenness can express itself is through faith in a personal god. ~ Franz Kafka,
426:German is my mother tongue and as such more natural to me, but I consider Czech much more affectionate, which is why your letter removes several uncertainties; I see you more clearly, the movements of your body, your hands, so quick, so resolute, it’s almost like a meeting. ~ Franz Kafka,
427: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,
428:Each of us has his own way of emerging from the underworld, mine is by writing. That's why the only way I can keep going, if at all, is by writing, not through rest and sleep. I am far more likely to achieve peace of mind through writing than the capacity to write through peace. ~ Franz Kafka,
429:The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. ~ Franz Kafka,
430:You don’t need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, simply wait. Don’t even wait. Be quite 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 ~ Tom Robbins,
431:Psychology is the description of the reflection of the terrestial world in the heavenly plane, or, more correctly, the description of a reflection such as we, soaked as we are in our terrestial nature, imagine it, for no reflection actually occurs, only we see earth wherever we turn. ~ Franz Kafka,
432:Briefly illuminated on the wall beside her desk was a quotation from the Parables of Franz Kafka: Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon  than their song, namely their silence . . . Someone might possibly have escaped from  their singing; but from their silence, certainly never. ~ Carl Sagan,
433:One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one willl only in time come to hate. ~ Franz Kafka,
434:Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores me and I hate it. I lack all aptitude for family life except, at best, as an observer. I have no family feeling and visitors make me almost feel as though I were maliciously being attacked. ~ Franz Kafka,
435:I hate everything that does not relate to literature, conversations bore me (even if they relate to literature), to visit people bores me, the sorrows and joys of my relatives bore me to the very soul. Conversation takes the importance, the seriousness, the truth, out of everything I think. ~ Franz Kafka,
436:The Expulsion from Paradise is eternal in its principal aspect: this makes it irrevocable, and our living in this world inevitable, but the eternal nature of the process has the effect that not only could we remain forever in Paradise, but that we are currently there, whether we know it or not. ~ Franz Kafka,
437:My job is unbearable to me because it conflicts with my only desire and my only calling, which is literature. Since I am nothing but literature and can and want to be nothing else, my job will never take possession of me, it may, however, shatter me completely, and this is by no means a remote possibility. ~ Franz Kafka,
438:Everyone carries a room about inside him. This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing. If someone walks fast and one pricks up one’s ears and listens, say in the night, when everything round about is quiet, one hears, for instance, the rattling of a mirror not quite firmly fastened to the wall. ~ Franz Kafka,
439: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,
440:First book was handwritten, then the printing press, now we've got our Kindles. To be able to push a button and a dictionary comes up. And then, at my age, that I can make the letters any size I want, and that I can carry all of William Shakespeare, all of Gogol, all of Franz Kafka in my handbag? You've got to love it. ~ Lore Segal,
441:. . . The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation-a book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us. ~ Franz Kafka,
442:I was just interested in directing. So I just kept having a go at trying to write little scripts and get things together, and my wife just had a slip of the tongue and said, "Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life" when she meant to say "Frank Capra's." There it is right there. That's a gag that we could make into something. ~ Peter Capaldi,
443:This perversion of the truth, familiar to the artist though it was, always unnerved him afresh and proved too much for him. What was a consequence of the premature ending of his fast was here presented as the cause of it! To fight against this lack of understanding, against a whole world of nonunderstanding, was impossible. ~ Franz Kafka,
444:Human judgment of human actions is true and void , that is to say, first true and then void.... The judgment of the word is true, the judgment in itself is void.... Only he who is a party can really judge, but as a party he cannot judge. Hence it follows that there is no possibility of judgment in the world, only a glimmer of it. ~ Franz Kafka,
445:The observer of the soul cannot penetrate into the soul, but there doubtless is a margin where he comes into contact with it. Recognition of this contact is the fact that even the soul does not know of itself. Hence it must remain unknown. That would be sad only if there were anything apart from the soul, but there is nothing else. ~ Franz Kafka,
446:Bildiğin gibi değil Milena... Kadınlığın önemli değil! Sen benim için el değmemiş bir kızsın, senin gibi apak biriyle karşılaşmadım ki! Böylesine arınmış birine el uzatmak için yürek ister. Benim elim kirli, titrek, kararsız. Kimi vakit pençeyi andıran bu terli, bu soğuk eli nasıl uzatırım sana? ========== Sevgili Milena (Franz Kafka) ~ Anonymous,
447:To die would mean nothing else than to surrender a nothing to the nothing, but that would be impossible to conceive, for how could a person, even only as a nothing, consciously surrender himself to the nothing, and not merely to an empty nothing but rather to a roaring nothing whose nothingness consists only in its incomprehensibility. ~ Franz Kafka,
448:There they lay, but not in the forgetfulness of the previous night. She was seeking and he was seeking, they raged and contorted their faces and bored their heads into each others bosom in the urgency of seeking something, and their embraces and their tossing limbs did not avail to make them forget, but only reminded them of what they sought ~ Franz Kafka,
449:There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise; it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return. ~ Franz Kafka,
450:There has never been a time in which I have been convinced from within myself that I am alive. You see, I have only such a fugitive awareness of things around me that I always feel they were once real and are now fleeting away. I have a constant longing, my dear sir, to catch a glimpse of things as they may have been before they show themselves to me. ~ Franz Kafka,
451:And I leave my post of observation and find I have had enough of this outside life; I feel that there is nothing more that I can learn here, either now or at any time. And I long to say a last goodbye to everything up here, to go down into my burrow never to return again, let things take their course, and not try to retard them with my profitless vigils. ~ Franz Kafka,
452:Franz Kafka, the Austrian philosopher and poet, once said, “You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, and 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. ~ Deepak Chopra,
453:My grandfather used to say: Life is astoundingly short. To me, looking back over it, life seems so foreshortened that I scarcely understand, for instance, how a young man can decide to ride over to the next village without being afraid that -not to mention accidents- even the span of a normal happy life may fall far short of the time needed for such a journey. ~ Franz Kafka,
454:and in that recurring dream, I found myself trapped in some sort of gigantic game of which I was unfamiliar with the rules; lost in a labyrinthine town of dark and damp, criss-crossing streets, ambiguous characters of uncertain authority having no idea of why I was there nor what I had to do, and where the first sign of the beginning of understanding was the wish to die. ~ Franz Kafka,
455:Franz Kafka is dead. He died in a tree from which he wouldn't come down. "Come down!" they cried to him. "Come down! Come down!" Silence filled the night, and the night filled the silence, while they waited for Kafka to speak. "I can't," he finally said, with a note of wistfulness. "Why?" they cried. Stars spilled across the black sky. "Because then you'll stop asking for me." ~ Nicole Krauss,
456:But Gregor understood easily that it was not only consideration for him which prevented their moving, for he could easily have been transported in a suitable crate with a few air holes; what mainly prevented the family from moving was their complete hopelessness and the thought that they had been struck by a misfortune as none of their relatives and acquaintances had ever been hit. ~ Franz Kafka,
457:Everyone strives to attain the Law,' answers the man, 'how does it come about, then, that in all these years no one has come seeking admittance but me?' The doorkeeper perceives that the man is nearing his end and his hearing is failing, so he bellows in his ear: 'No one but you could gain admittance through this door, since this door was intended for you. I am now going to shut it. ~ Franz Kafka,
458:I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond. ~ Franz Kafka,
459:They were offered the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. The way children would, they all wanted to be couriers. Therefore there are only couriers who hurry about the world, shouting to each other - since there are no kings - messages that have become meaningless. They would like to put an end to this miserable life of theirs but they dare not because of their oaths of service. ~ Franz Kafka,
460:It requires enormous presence of mind or rather quickness of wit, when opening your eyes to seize hold as it were of everything in the room at exactly the same place where you had let it go on the previous evening. That is why the moment of waking up was the riskiest moment of the day. Once that was well over without deflecting you from your orbit, you could take heart of grace for the rest of the day. ~ Franz Kafka,
461:Writing sustains me. But wouldn’t it be better to say it sustains this kind of life? Which doesn't mean life is any better when I don’t write. On the contrary, it is far worse, wholly unbearable, and inevitably ends in madness. This is, of course, only on the assumption that I am a writer even when I don’t write - which is indeed the case; and a non-writing writer is, in fact, a monster courting insanity. ~ Franz Kafka,
462:I guess I will say, going back to the Judaism questions, there are mental reflexes or patterns that I think of as Jewish in my own feelings about mysticism and theology.Franz Kafka is someone I very much revere. If I believed in holy texts I'd go to him as a touchstone. Not that I read Kafka all the time at this point. In a way, this is what I most want to talk about and it's the hardest to talk about. ~ Jonathan Raymond,
463:People keep themselves at a tolerable height above an infernal abyss toward which they gravitate only by putting out all their strength and lovingly helping one another. They are tied together by ropes, and it's bad enough when the ropes around an individual loosen and he drops somewhat lower than the others into empty space; ghastly when the ropes break and he falls. That's why we should cling to the others. ~ Franz Kafka,
464:What a fate: to be condemned to work for a firm where the slightest negligence at once gave rise to the gravest suspicion! Were all the employees nothing but a bunch of scoundrels, was there not among them one single loyal devoted man who, had he wasted only an hour or so of the firm's time in the morning, was so tormented by conscience as to be driven out of his mind and actually incapable of leaving his bed? ~ Franz Kafka,
465:There are two cardinal human sins out of which all others derive, deviate, and dissipate: impatience and lassitude (or perhaps nonchalance). On account of impatience they are driven out of paradise; on account of lassitude or nonchalance they do not return. Perhaps, however, only one main sense of sin is given: impatience. On account of impatience they are driven out, on account of impatience they do not turn back. ~ Franz Kafka,
466:Expulsion from Paradise is in its main aspect eternal: that is to say, although expulsion from Paradise is final, and life in theworld unavoidable, the eternity of the process (or, expressed in temporal terms, the eternal repetition of the process) nevertheless makes it possible not only that we might remain in Paradise permanently, but that we may in fact be there permanently, no matter whether we know it here or not. ~ Franz Kafka,
467:Alas," said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into." "You only need to change your direction," said the cat, and ate it up. ~ Franz Kafka,
468:I can’t think of any greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, endlessly, even though I feel that here in this world there’s no undisturbed place for our love, neither in the village nor anywhere else; and I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more. ~ Franz Kafka,
469:If I didn't have my parents to think about I'd have given in my notice a long time ago, I'd have gone up to the boss and told him just what I think, tell him everything I would, let him know just what I feel. He'd fall right off his desk! And it's a funny sort of business to be sitting up there at your desk, talking down at your subordinates from up there, especially when you have to go right up close because the boss is hard of hearing. ~ Franz Kafka,
470:When one has once accepted and absorbed Evil, it no longer demands the unfitness of the means. The ulterior motives with which youabsorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil.... Evil is whatever distracts. Evil knows of the Good, but Good does not know of Evil. Knowledge of oneself is something only Evil has. One means that Evil has is the dialogue.... One cannot pay Evil in installments--and one always keeps on trying to. ~ Franz Kafka,
471:Directors who have inspired me include Billy Wilder, Federico Fellini, lngmar Bergman, John Ford, Orson Welles, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola and Ernst Lubitsch. In art school, I studied painters like Edward Hopper, who used urban motifs, Franz Kafka is my favorite novelist. My approach to film stems from my art background, as I go beyond the story to the sub-conscious mood created by sound and images. ~ David Lynch,
472:Everything is deception: seeking the minimum of illusion, keeping within the ordinary limitations, seeking the maximum. In the first case one cheats the Good, by trying to make it too easy for oneself to get it, and the Evil by imposing all too unfavorable conditions of warfare on it. In the second case one cheats the Good by keeping as aloof from it as possible, and the Evil by hoping to make it powerless through intensifying it to the utmost. ~ Franz Kafka,
473:He thought back on his family with deep emotion and love. His conviction that he would have to disappear was, if possible, even firmer than his sister's. He remained in this state of empty and peaceful reflection until the tower clock struck three in the morning. He still saw that outside the window everything was beginning to grow light. Then, without his consent, his head sank down to the floor, and from his nostrils streamed his last weak breath. ~ Franz Kafka,
474:If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we should also be happy if we had no books, and such books as make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. But what we must have are those books which come upon us like ill fortune, and distress us deeply, like the death of one we love better than ourselves; like suicide. A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us. ~ Franz Kafka,
475:One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one willl only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: "This man is not to be locked up again, He is to come with me. ~ Franz Kafka,
476:I am constantly trying to communicate something incommunicable, to explain something inexplicable, to tell about something I only feel in my bones and which can only be experienced in those bones. Basically it is nothing other than this fear we have so often talked about, but fear spread to everything, fear of the greatest as of the smallest, fear, paralyzing fear of pronouncing a word, although this fear may not only be fear but also a longing for something greater than all that is fearful. ~ Franz Kafka,
477:When K. looked at the castle, often it seemed to him as if he were observing someone who sat quietly there in front of him gazing, not lost in thought and so oblivious of everything, but free and untroubled, as if he were alone with nobody to observe him, and yet must notice that he was observed, and all the same remained with his calm not even slightly disturbed; and really - one did not know whether it was cause or effect - the gaze of the observer could not remain concentrated there, but slid away. ~ Franz Kafka,
478:I stand on the end platform of the tram and am completely unsure of my footing in this world, in this town, in my family. Not even casually could I indicate any claims that I might rightly advance in any direction. I have not even any defense to offer for standing on this platform, holding on to this strap, letting myself be carried along by this tram, nor for the people who give way to the tram or walk quietly along or stand gazing into shop windows. Nobody asks me to put up a defense, indeed, but that is irrelevant. ~ Franz Kafka,
479:I don't know who the great lawyers are, and I presume you can't get to them. I know of no case where it can be said for certain that they took part. They defend some people, but you can't get them to do that through your own efforts, they only defend the ones they want to defend. But I assume a case they take on must have progressed beyond the lower court. It's better not to think of them at all, otherwise you'll find the consultations with the other lawyers, their advice and their assistance, extremely disgusting and useless. ~ Franz Kafka,
480:The gray tomcat with the white priest’s collar enjoyed sharpening his claws on Franz Kafka’s Investigations of a Dog, a fable that analyzes the human world from a dog’s perspective. On the other hand, orange-white, long-eared Lindgren liked to lie near the books about Pippi Longstocking; she was a fine-looking cat who peered out from the back of the bookshelves and scrutinized each visitor. Lindgren and Kafka would sometimes do Perdu a favor by dropping off one of the upper shelves without warning onto a third-category customer, one of the greasy-fingered ~ Nina George,
481:I have no memory for things I have learned, nor things I have read, nor things experienced or heard, neither for people nor events; I feel that I have experienced nothing, learned nothing, that I actually know less than the average schoolboy, and that what I do know is superficial, and that every second question is beyond me. I am incapable of thinking deliberately; my thoughts run into a wall. I can grasp the essence of things in isolation, but I am quite incapable of coherent, unbroken thinking. I can't even tell a story properly; in fact, I can scarcely talk. ~ Franz Kafka,
482:One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read The Metamorphosis. The first line almost knocked me off the bed. I was so surprised. The first line reads, “As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. . . .” When I read the line I thought to myself that I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago. So I immediately started writing short stories. ~ Gabriel Garc a M rquez,
483:One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read The Metamorphosis. The first line almost knocked me off the bed. I was so surprised. The first line reads, “As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. . . .” When I read the line I thought to myself that I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago. So I immediately started writing short stories. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
484:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief. ~ Franz Kafka,
485:I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
   ~ Franz Kafka,
486:Aomame imagined 1926 Czechoslovakia: The First World War had ended, and the country was freed from the long rule of the Hapsburg Dynasty. As they enjoyed the peaceful respite visiting central Europe, people drank Pilsner beer in cafés and manufactured handsome light machine guns. Two years earlier, in utter obscurity, Franz Kafka had left the world behind. Soon Hitler would come out of nowhere and gobble up this beautiful little country in the blink of an eye, but at the time no one knew what hardships lay in store for them. This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: “At the time, no one knew what was coming. ~ Haruki Murakami,
487:Let's say it once and for all: Poe and Lovecraft - not to mention a Bruno Schulz or a Franz Kafka - were what the world at large would consider extremely disturbed individuals. And most people who are that disturbed are not able to create works of fiction. These and other names I could mention are people who are just on the cusp of total psychological derangement. Sometimes they cross over and fall into the province of 'outsider artists.' That's where the future development of horror fiction lies - in the next person who is almost too emotionally and psychologically damaged to live in the world but not too damaged to produce fiction. ~ Thomas Ligotti,
488:Sometimes I have the feeling that we're in one room with two opposite doors and each of us holds the handle of one door, one of us flicks an eyelash and the other is already behind his door, and now the first one has but to utter a word ad immediately the second one has closed his door behind him and can no longer be seen. He's sure to open the door again for it's a room which perhaps one cannot leave. If only the first one were not precisely like the second, if he were calm, if he would only pretend not to look at the other, if he slowly set the room in order as though it were a room like any other; but instead he does exactly the same as the other at his door, sometimes even both are behind the doors and the the beautiful room is empty." Franz Kafka (in a letter to Milena Jesenska) ~ Edmund White,
489:...for example, if Freud is wrong, as i and many others believe, where does that leave any number of novels and virtually the entire corpus of surrealism, Dada, and certain major forms of expressionism and abstraction, not to mention Richard Strauss' 'Freudian' operas such as Salome and Elektra, and the iconic novels of numerous writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and Virginia Woolf? It doesn't render these works less beautiful or pleasurable, necessarily, but it surely dilutes their meaning. They don't owe their entire existence to psychoanalysis. But if they are robbed of a large part of their meaning, can they retain their intellectual importance and validity? Or do they become period pieces? I stress the point because the novels, paintings and operas referred to above have helped to popularise and legitimise a certain view of human nature, one that is, all evidence to the contrary lacking, wrong. ~ Peter Watson,
490:At one chew per second, the Fletcherizing of a single bite of shallot would take more than ten minutes. Supper conversation presented a challenge. “Horace Fletcher came for a quiet dinner, sufficiently chewed,” wrote the financier William Forbes in his journal from 1906. Woe befall the non-Fletcherizer forced to endure what historian Margaret Barnett called “the tense and awful silence which . . . accompanies their excruciating tortures of mastication.” Nutrition faddist John Harvey Kellogg, whose sanatorium briefly embraced Fletcherism,* tried to reenliven mealtimes by hiring a quartette to sing “The Chewing Song,”† an original Kellogg composition, while diners grimly toiled. I searched in vain for film footage, but Barnett was probably correct in assuming that “Fletcherites at table were not an attractive sight.” Franz Kafka’s father, she reports, “hid behind a newspaper at dinnertime to avoid watching the writer Fletcherize. ~ Mary Roach,
491:In the collective prosecutorial mind our apologies are also apparently characterized as “so-called.” Though I find this insulting. It causes me suffering and moral harm. Because our apologies were sincere. I am so sad that we have said so many words and you have not understood any of them. Or are you lying when you talk of our apologies as though they were insincere? I don’t understand: What more do you need to hear? For me, only this trial can rightly be referred to as “so-called.” And I am not afraid of you. I am not afraid of lies and fictions and of poorly coded deception in the verdict of this so-called court, because all you can do is take away my so-called freedom, the only sort that exists in the Russian Federation. But no one can take away my inner freedom. It lives in my words and it will survive thanks to the public nature of my statements, which will be heard and read by thousands. This freedom is already multiplying, thanks to every caring person who hears us in this country. Thanks to everyone who has found splinters of this trial in themselves, as Franz Kafka and Guy Debord once did. I believe that openness and public speech and a hunger for the truth make us all a little bit freeer. We will see this yet. The ~ Masha Gessen,
492:Franz Kafka is Dead

He died in a tree from which he wouldn't come down. "Come down!" they cried to him. "Come down! Come down!" Silence filled the night, and the night filled the silence, while they waited for Kafka to speak. "I can't," he finally said, with a note of wistfulness. "Why?" they cried. Stars spilled across the black sky. "Because then you'll stop asking for me." The people whispered and nodded among themselves. They put their arms around each other, and touched their children's hair. They took off their hats and raised them to the small, sickly man with the ears of a strange animal, sitting in his black velvet suit in the dark tree. Then they turned and started for home under the canopy of leaves. Children were carried on their fathers' shoulders, sleepy from having been taken to see who wrote his books on pieces of bark he tore off the tree from which he refused to come down. In his delicate, beautiful, illegible handwriting. And they admired those books, and they admired his will and stamina. After all: who doesn't wish to make a spectacle of his loneliness? One by one families broke off with a good night and a squeeze of the hands, suddenly grateful for the company of neighbors. Doors closed to warm houses. Candles were lit in windows. Far off, in his perch in the trees , Kafka listened to it all: the rustle of the clothes being dropped to the floor, or lips fluttering along naked shoulders, beds creaking along the weight of tenderness. It all caught in the delicate pointed shells of his ears and rolled like pinballs through the great hall of his mind.

That night a freezing wind blew in. When the children woke up, they went to the window and found the world encased in ice. One child, the smallest, shrieked out in delight and her cry tore through the silence and exploded the ice of a giant oak tree. The world shone.

They found him frozen on the ground like a bird. It's said that when they put their ears to the shell of his ears, they could hear themselves. ~ Nicole Krauss,
493:The usual short story cannot have a complex plot, but it often has a simple one resembling a chain with two or three links. The short short, however, doesn't as a rule have even that much - you don't speak of a chain when there's only one link. ...

Sometimes ... the short short appears to rest on nothing more than a fragile anecdote which the writer has managed to drape with a quantity of suggestion. A single incident, a mere anecdote - these form the spine of the short short.

Everything depends on intensity, one sweeping blow of perception. In the short short the writer gets no second chance. Either he strikes through at once or he's lost. And because it depends so heavily on this one sweeping blow, the short short often approaches the condition of a fable. When you read the two pieces by Tolstoy in this book, or I.L. Peretz's 'If Not Higher,' or Franz Kafka's 'The Hunter Gracchus,' you feel these writers are intent upon 'making a point' - but obliquely, not through mere statement. What they project is not the sort of impression of life we expect in most fiction, but something else: an impression of an idea of life. Or: a flicker in darkness, a slight cut of being. The shorter the piece of writing, the more abstract it may seem to us. In reading Paz's brilliant short short we feel we have brushed dangerously against the sheer arbitrariness of existence; in reading Peretz's, that we have been brought up against a moral reflection on the nature of goodness, though a reflection hard merely to state.

Could we say that the short short is to other kinds of fiction somewhat as the lyric is to other kinds of poetry? The lyric does not seek meaning through extension, it accepts the enigmas of confinement. It strives for a rapid unity of impression, an experience rendered in its wink of immediacy. And so too with the short short. ...

Writers who do short shorts need to be especially bold. They stake everything on a stroke of inventiveness. Sometimes they have to be prepared to speak out directly, not so much in order to state a theme as to provide a jarring or complicating commentary. The voice of the writer brushes, so to say, against his flash of invention. And then, almost before it begins, the fiction is brought to a stark conclusion - abrupt, bleeding, exhausting. This conclusion need not complete the action; it has only to break it off decisively.

Here are a few examples of the writer speaking out directly. Paz: 'The universe is a vast system of signs.' Kafka in 'First Sorrow': The trapeze artist's 'social life was somewhat limited.' Paula Fox: 'We are starving here in our village. At last, we are at the center.' Babel's cossack cries out, 'You guys in specs have about as much pity for chaps like us as a cat for a mouse.' Such sentences serve as devices of economy, oblique cues. Cryptic and enigmatic, they sometimes replace action, dialogue and commentary, for none of which, as it happens, the short short has much room.

There's often a brilliant overfocussing.

("Introduction") ~ Irving Howe,

IN CHAPTERS [2/2]





   2 Jorge Luis Borges




Book of Imaginary Beings (text), #unset, #Anonymous, #Various
  by Franz Kafka, by Schocken Books Inc.
  An Animal Imagined by C. S. Lewis and A Creature
  --
  Books Inc., from The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka,
   by Schocken Books Inc.

the Castle, #unset, #Anonymous, #Various
   ~ Franz Kafka

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1. Kafka, Franz Kafka ::: (Czech novelist who wrote in German about a nightmarish world of isolated and troubled individuals (1883-1924))


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Kafka, Franz Kafka
   INSTANCE OF=> writer, author
     => communicator
       => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
         => organism, being
           => living thing, animate thing
             => whole, unit
               => object, physical object
                 => physical entity
                   => entity
         => causal agent, cause, causal agency
           => physical entity
             => entity


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Kafka, Franz Kafka
   INSTANCE OF=> writer, author




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Kafka, Franz Kafka
  -> writer, author
   => abstractor, abstracter
   => alliterator
   => authoress
   => biographer
   => coauthor, joint author
   => commentator, reviewer
   => compiler
   => contributor
   => cyberpunk
   => drafter
   => dramatist, playwright
   => essayist, litterateur
   => folk writer
   => framer
   => gagman, gagster, gagwriter
   => ghostwriter, ghost
   => Gothic romancer
   => hack, hack writer, literary hack
   => journalist
   => librettist
   => lyricist, lyrist
   => novelist
   => pamphleteer
   => paragrapher
   => poet
   => polemicist, polemist, polemic
   => rhymer, rhymester, versifier, poetizer, poetiser
   => scenarist
   => scriptwriter
   => space writer
   => speechwriter
   => tragedian
   => wordmonger
   => word-painter
   => wordsmith
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom(1984) - 1935. At a swanky nightclub in Hong Kong, Indiana Jones confronts Lao Che, a Chinese gangster, for a trade - a reward in exchange for the ashes of a Ming dynasty emperor. The gangster's sons, however, won't let Indy get out of the trade alive, and a violent struggle ensues that snares up the gangste...
Bikini Jones and the Temple of Eros(2010) - Dr. Bikini Jones (Christine Nguyen) uses her trusty gold idol to search the wilds of Moronica for the Temple of Eros, fighting vicious dinosaurs and facing-off against her sensuous nemesis Evilla (Heather Vandeven, 2007 Penthouse Pet of the Year) along the way.
The Ark Of The Sun God(1984) - A safecracker takes a job where he must go to Istanbul and steal a scepter that once belonged to the god Gilgamesh but is now in the temple of a secret cult.
The Passion of the Christ(2004) - The last twelve hours of Jesus' life begin in Gethsemane as Jesus prays and is tempted by Satan, while his apostles, Peter, James and John sleep. After receiving thirty pieces of silver, one of Jesus' other apostles, Judas, approaches with the temple guards and betrays Jesus with a kiss on the cheek...
Pokmon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea(2006) - When a mysterious egg floats out into the sea it is collected by a treasure hunter named Captain Phantom, leader of the Phantom Troop. After a crew member of his betrays him and escapes the group, he meets with Ash and his friends and reveals he is a Pokemon Ranger, a person who forms a bond with wi...
Cult of the Cobra(1955) - Six American officers are visiting an Asian bazaar before shipping off to the US. After seeing a snake charmer they are given the offer to see cult of the Lamians. They secretly sneak into the temple but are shortly discovered but before they escape the high priest threatens them with a death curse....
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) ::: 7.6/10 -- PG | 1h 58min | Action, Adventure | 23 May 1984 (USA) -- In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace. Director: Steven Spielberg Writers:
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Amaenaide yo!! -- -- Studio Deen -- 12 eps -- Manga -- Comedy Ecchi Harem Romance Supernatural -- Amaenaide yo!! Amaenaide yo!! -- Satonaka Ikkou, a 16 year old boy, is a first year trainee at the Saienji Buddhist Temple. He was sent there by his parents to be trained by his grandmother, the Saienji Priestess. At the temple he finds himself surrounded by beautiful female priestesses-in-training. Upon seeing a girl naked, Ikko has the ability to turn into a super-monk, performing massive exorcisms for the good of the temple. -- -- (Source: ANN) -- -- Licensor: -- Media Blasters, Nozomi Entertainment -- TV - Jul 1, 2005 -- 66,401 6.49
Amaenaide yo!! -- -- Studio Deen -- 12 eps -- Manga -- Comedy Ecchi Harem Romance Supernatural -- Amaenaide yo!! Amaenaide yo!! -- Satonaka Ikkou, a 16 year old boy, is a first year trainee at the Saienji Buddhist Temple. He was sent there by his parents to be trained by his grandmother, the Saienji Priestess. At the temple he finds himself surrounded by beautiful female priestesses-in-training. Upon seeing a girl naked, Ikko has the ability to turn into a super-monk, performing massive exorcisms for the good of the temple. -- -- (Source: ANN) -- TV - Jul 1, 2005 -- 66,401 6.49
Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu -- -- LIDENFILMS -- 8 eps -- Manga -- Action Adventure Historical Supernatural Drama Fantasy Shounen -- Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu -- Continuing on his quest to retake Ecbatana, Prince Arslan and his company march toward the city. But upon receiving news that the neighboring Kingdom of Turan is launching an assault on the Parsian stronghold at Peshawar Citadel, the prince is forced to turn back in order to defend the fortress. Amid holding off the invading forces, the Parsian army is met by an unexpected visitor. -- -- As Arslan returns to Peshawar, Prince Hermes takes a slight detour from his clash against his cousin to search for the legendary sword Rukhnabad, which would grant him the right to rule and take back what he believes is rightfully his. However, after unearthing the lost artifact, the blade is stolen by the Temple Knights of Lusitania, prompting the masked warrior to give chase. Meanwhile in Ecbatana, the captive King Andragoras III finds an opportunity to strike and begins to make his move. -- -- As the separate sides of the Parsian royal conflict clash, Arslan's right to the throne falls under attack. But no matter the obstacles in their way, the young prince and his loyal band of warriors charge forward to restore Pars to its former glory. -- -- 118,644 7.53
Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu -- -- LIDENFILMS -- 8 eps -- Manga -- Action Adventure Historical Supernatural Drama Fantasy Shounen -- Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu -- Continuing on his quest to retake Ecbatana, Prince Arslan and his company march toward the city. But upon receiving news that the neighboring Kingdom of Turan is launching an assault on the Parsian stronghold at Peshawar Citadel, the prince is forced to turn back in order to defend the fortress. Amid holding off the invading forces, the Parsian army is met by an unexpected visitor. -- -- As Arslan returns to Peshawar, Prince Hermes takes a slight detour from his clash against his cousin to search for the legendary sword Rukhnabad, which would grant him the right to rule and take back what he believes is rightfully his. However, after unearthing the lost artifact, the blade is stolen by the Temple Knights of Lusitania, prompting the masked warrior to give chase. Meanwhile in Ecbatana, the captive King Andragoras III finds an opportunity to strike and begins to make his move. -- -- As the separate sides of the Parsian royal conflict clash, Arslan's right to the throne falls under attack. But no matter the obstacles in their way, the young prince and his loyal band of warriors charge forward to restore Pars to its former glory. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Funimation -- 118,644 7.53
Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital -- -- TMS Entertainment -- 1 ep -- Manga -- Adventure Mystery Comedy Police Shounen -- Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital -- Under the cover of darkness, a masked samurai murders six men across the metropolis of Japan: three in Tokyo, one in Osaka, and the last in Kyoto. In their investigation, the police learn that each man was a member of the Genjibotaru—a thieves gang centered on the theft of Buddhist statues and artifacts and who go by the names of Minomoto no Yoshitune's servants. -- -- Without a clear motive or clues to the other members' identities, the case runs dry until a Kyoto temple calls for the famous Kogorou Mouri. Having received an anonymous letter containing a peculiar puzzle, the temple monks ask for his assistance in solving it to recover their long lost statue. Meanwhile, Conan Edogawa and high school detective Heiji Hattori team up in order to solve the cryptic puzzle and find the murderer, as Hattori searches for his childhood love. -- -- With Hattori's knowledge of Kyoto, the two scour the streets and gradually discover the truth, but not before the murderer strikes again—killing another Genjibotaru member and, after repeated attempts on Hattori's life, eventually kidnapping Hattori's childhood sweetheart. It is only by working together to bring buried clues to light can Conan and Hattori hope to end the rogue samurai's bloodshed and save Hattori's love. -- -- Movie - Apr 19, 2003 -- 40,896 7.83
Final Fantasy -- -- Madhouse -- 4 eps -- Game -- Action Adventure Comedy Fantasy -- Final Fantasy Final Fantasy -- A continuation of the events from Final Fantasy V. 200 years after Bartz and his friends saved two worlds from the threat of ExDeath, a threat arises and seeks to take the Crystals for itself. Linaly, a descendant of Bartz, and her friend/protector Prettz journey to the Temple Of Wind to seek the source of this new danger. -- -- (Source: ANN) -- -- Licensor: -- Urban Vision -- OVA - Mar 21, 1994 -- 13,547 6.11
Hi no Tori -- -- Tezuka Productions -- 13 eps -- Manga -- Sci-Fi Adventure Historical Supernatural Drama -- Hi no Tori Hi no Tori -- From prehistoric times to the distant future, Hi no Tori portrays how the legendary immortal bird Phoenix acts as a witness and chronicler for the history of mankind's endless struggle in search of power, justice, and freedom. -- -- The Dawn -- Since time immemorial, people have sought out the legendary Phoenix for its blood, which is known to grant eternal life. Hearing about rumored Phoenix sightings in the Land of Fire, Himiko—the cruel queen of Yamatai obsessed with immortality—sends her army to conquer the nation and retrieve the creature. Young Nagi, his elder sister Hinaku, and her foreign husband Guzuri are the only survivors of the slaughter. But while Nagi is taken prisoner by the enemy, elsewhere, Hinaku has a shocking revelation. -- -- The Resurrection -- In a distant future where Earth has become uninhabitable, Leona undergoes surgery on a space station to recover from a deadly accident. However, while also suffering from amnesia, his brain is now half cybernetic and causes him to see people as formless scraps and robots as humans. Falling in love with Chihiro, a discarded robot, they escape together from the space station to prevent Chihiro from being destroyed. Yet as his lost memories gradually return, Leona will have to confront the painful truth about his past. -- -- The Transformation -- Yearning for independence, Sakon no Suke—the only daughter of a tyrant ruler—kills priestess Yao Bikuni, the sole person capable of curing her father's illness. Consequently, she and her faithful servant, Kahei, are unexpectedly confined to the temple grounds of Bikuni's sanctuary. While searching for a way out, Sakon no Suke assumes the priestess's position and uses a miraculous feather to heal all those reaching out for help. -- -- The Sun -- After his faction loses the war, Prince Harima's head is replaced with a wolf's. An old medicine woman who recognizes his bloodline assists him and the wounded General Azumi-no-muraji Saruta in escaping to Wah Land. But their arrival at a small Wah village is met with unexpected trouble as Houben, a powerful Buddhist monk, wants Harima dead. With the aid of the Ku clan wolf gods that protect the village's surroundings, he survives the murder attempt. After tensions settle, Saruta uses his established reputation in Wah to persuade the villagers to welcome Harima into their community. Over a period of time, Harima becomes the village's respected leader under the name Inugami no Sukune. But while the young prince adapts to his new role, he must remain vigilant as new dangers soon arise and threaten his recently acquired tranquility. -- -- The Future -- Life on Earth has gradually ceased to exist, with the survivors taking refuge in underground cities. To avoid human extinction, Doctor Saruta unsuccessfully tries to recreate life in his laboratory. However, the unexpected visit of Masato Yamanobe, his alien girlfriend Tamami, and his colleague Rock Holmes reveals a disturbing crisis: the computers that regulate the subterranean cities have initiated a nuclear war that will eliminate all of mankind. -- -- TV - Mar 21, 2004 -- 7,595 7.10
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Ushio to Tora (TV) -- -- MAPPA, Studio VOLN -- 26 eps -- Manga -- Action Adventure Comedy Demons Shounen Supernatural -- Ushio to Tora (TV) Ushio to Tora (TV) -- Ushio Aotsuki is a stubborn middle school student and son of an eccentric temple priest who goes about life without care for his father's claims regarding otherworldly monsters known as youkai. However, as he is tending to the temple while his father is away on work, his chores lead him to a shocking discovery: in the basement he finds a menacing youkai impaled by the fabled Beast Spear. -- -- The beast in question is Tora, infamous for his destructive power, who tries to coerce Ushio into releasing him from his five hundred year seal. Ushio puts no trust in his words and refuses to set him free. But when a sudden youkai outbreak puts his friends and home in danger, he is left with no choice but to rely on Tora, his only insurance being the ancient spear if he gets out of hand. -- -- Ushio and Tora's meeting is only the beginning of the unlikely duo's journey into the depths of the spiritual realm. With the legendary Beast Spear in his hands, Ushio will find out just how real and threatening the world of the supernatural can be. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Sentai Filmworks -- 185,965 7.59
Zombie Clay Animation: Life of the Dead -- -- Studio Binzo -- 4 eps -- Original -- Comedy Horror -- Zombie Clay Animation: Life of the Dead Zombie Clay Animation: Life of the Dead -- Clay animation about a guy stuck in a room during zombie apocalypse. -- OVA - ??? ??, 2011 -- 292 N/A -- -- The Girl and the Monster -- -- - -- ? eps -- Original -- Comedy Horror -- The Girl and the Monster The Girl and the Monster -- A girl quietly reads a book in her room. Suddenly, a monster comes crawling out from under her bed! Is it friend or foe? -- ONA - Jul 26, 2019 -- 291 N/A -- -- Heisei Matsue Kaidan: Ayashi -- -- DLE -- 2 eps -- Original -- Comedy Historical Parody Horror Supernatural -- Heisei Matsue Kaidan: Ayashi Heisei Matsue Kaidan: Ayashi -- A Matsue City collaboration anime with Eagle Talon. Yoshida book-ends the story as horror tales, both modern and historical, originated within the city are narrated by another person. -- ONA - Mar 17, 2017 -- 289 N/A -- -- 3-bu de Wakaru Koizumi Yakumo no Kaidan -- -- - -- 7 eps -- Book -- Historical Horror Parody Supernatural -- 3-bu de Wakaru Koizumi Yakumo no Kaidan 3-bu de Wakaru Koizumi Yakumo no Kaidan -- Stories from Patrick Lafcadio Hearn's book Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. The Greek-American author was known as Koizumi Yakumo in Japan and is renowned for collecting and publishing stories of Japanese folklore and legends. -- -- The shorts were made for a Matsue City tourism promotion, as Hearn taught, lived, and married there. His home is a museum people can visit. -- ONA - May 9, 2014 -- 287 N/A -- -- Kimoshiba -- -- Jinnis Animation Studios, TMS Entertainment -- 13 eps -- Original -- Comedy Horror Kids Supernatural -- Kimoshiba Kimoshiba -- Kimoshiba is a weird type of life form with the shape of an oversize shiba inu, loves eating curry (particularly curry breads), and works at a funeral home. Similar life forms include yamishiba and onishiba. -- -- (Source: ANN) -- 284 N/A -- -- Ehon Yose -- -- - -- 50 eps -- Other -- Historical Horror Kids -- Ehon Yose Ehon Yose -- Anime rakugo of classic Japanese horror tales shown in a wide variety of art styles. -- TV - ??? ??, 2006 -- 279 N/A -- -- Higanjima X: Aniki -- -- - -- 1 ep -- Manga -- Fantasy Horror Seinen Vampire -- Higanjima X: Aniki Higanjima X: Aniki -- A new episode of Higanjima X that was included in Blu-ray. -- Special - Aug 30, 2017 -- 277 N/A -- -- Yamiyo no Jidaigeki -- -- Sunrise -- 2 eps -- - -- Historical Horror -- Yamiyo no Jidaigeki Yamiyo no Jidaigeki -- Tales include: -- -- The Hill of Old Age, which tells of a conspiracy hatched against Japan's unifier, Oda Nobunaga. -- -- Seeing the Truth, about the assassin sent to murder Nobunaga's successor leyasu Tokugawa. -- -- The broadcast was a part of the Neo Hyper Kids program. -- -- (Source: Anime Encyclopedia) -- Special - Feb 19, 1995 -- 275 N/A -- -- Youkai Ningen Bem: Part II -- -- Topcraft -- 2 eps -- Original -- Demons Horror -- Youkai Ningen Bem: Part II Youkai Ningen Bem: Part II -- For 1982 a 26-episode TV series sequel to Youkai Ningen Bem was planned. Because the original producers disbanded, the animation was done by Topcraft. 2 episodes were created and the project shut down without airing on television. The episodes were released to the public on a LD-Box Set a decade later. 2,000 units were printed and all were sold out. -- Special - Oct 21, 1992 -- 268 N/A -- -- Kaibutsu-kun: Kaibutsu Land e no Shoutai -- -- Shin-Ei Animation -- 1 ep -- - -- Comedy Horror Kids Shounen -- Kaibutsu-kun: Kaibutsu Land e no Shoutai Kaibutsu-kun: Kaibutsu Land e no Shoutai -- Based on the shounen manga by Fujiko Fujio. -- -- Note: Screened as a double feature with Doraemon: Nobita no Uchuu Kaitakushi. -- -- (Source: AniDB) -- Movie - Mar 14, 1981 -- 266 N/A -- -- Ushiro no Hyakutarou -- -- - -- 2 eps -- - -- Horror School Supernatural -- Ushiro no Hyakutarou Ushiro no Hyakutarou -- Horror OVA based on the manga by Jirou Tsunoda. The title roughly means "Hyakutarou behind". -- -- A boy named Ichitarou Ushiro deals with various horrifying phenomena with the help of his guardian spirit Hyakutarou. -- -- 2 episodes: "Kokkuri Satsujin Jiken", "Yuutai Ridatsu". -- -- (Source: AniDB) -- OVA - Aug 21, 1991 -- 254 N/A -- -- Zombie Clay Animation: I'm Stuck!! -- -- Studio Binzo -- 4 eps -- Original -- Comedy Horror -- Zombie Clay Animation: I'm Stuck!! Zombie Clay Animation: I'm Stuck!! -- Spin-off series of Zombie Clay Animation: Life of the Dead. -- ONA - Mar 2, 2014 -- 247 N/A -- -- Shou-chan Sora wo Tobu -- -- - -- 1 ep -- Novel -- Horror Sci-Fi -- Shou-chan Sora wo Tobu Shou-chan Sora wo Tobu -- An anime version of Ikkei Makina's horror novel of the same name. It aired at the same time as the live-action adaptation. -- Movie - Nov 14, 1992 -- 235 N/A -- -- Matsue Kankou Taishi Sanri ga Iku! Matsue Ghost Tour -- -- DLE -- 2 eps -- Original -- Comedy Historical Parody Horror -- Matsue Kankou Taishi Sanri ga Iku! Matsue Ghost Tour Matsue Kankou Taishi Sanri ga Iku! Matsue Ghost Tour -- An accompaniment to Heisei Matsue Kaidan: Ayashi. This ghost tour takes a more realistic approach featuring Yoshia (the fictional Eagle Talon character), Kihara Hirokatsu (horror and mystery novelist), Chafurin (voice actor and Shimae Prefecture ambassador), and Frogman (Ryou Ono's caricature; real-life director of the anime studio DLE). The quartet travels around Matsue City exploring horror/haunted real life locations talking about the history and how it became a paranormal focus. -- -- The end of the episode promotes ticket sale and times for a real ghost tour watchers can partake in. -- ONA - Mar 16, 2017 -- 227 N/A -- -- Yamiyo no Jidaigeki (OVA) -- -- Sunrise -- 2 eps -- - -- Historical Horror -- Yamiyo no Jidaigeki (OVA) Yamiyo no Jidaigeki (OVA) -- A direct sequel that was put straight to video. -- -- The Ear of Jinsuke, about a wandering swordsman saving a damsel in distress from evil spirits. -- -- Prints from the Fall of the Bakufu, features a tomboy from a woodcut works charged with making a print of the young warrior Okita Soji. -- -- (Source: Anime Encyclopedia) -- -- OVA - Aug 2, 1995 -- 227 N/A -- -- Inunaki-mura x Taka no Tsume-dan -- -- - -- 1 ep -- Other -- Comedy Horror Parody -- Inunaki-mura x Taka no Tsume-dan Inunaki-mura x Taka no Tsume-dan -- A collaboration between the live-action horror film Inunaki-mura slated to be released in theaters February 7, 2020 and the Eagle Talon franchise. The film is based on the urban legend of the real-life abandoned Inunaki Village and the old tunnel that cut through the area. -- ONA - Jan 17, 2020 -- 226 N/A -- -- Echigo no Mukashibanashi: Attaten Ganoo -- -- - -- 1 ep -- - -- Demons Horror Kids -- Echigo no Mukashibanashi: Attaten Ganoo Echigo no Mukashibanashi: Attaten Ganoo -- A collection of four folk tales from Koshiji (from 2005, part of Nagaoka), Niigata prefecture (Echigo is the old name of Niigata). -- -- Episode 1: The Azuki Mochi and the Frog -- A mean old woman tells an azuki mochi to turn into a frog, if her daughter-in-law wants to eat it. The daughter-in-law hears this, and... -- -- Episode 2: Satori -- A woodcutter warms himself at the fire of deadwood, when a spirit in the form of an eyeball appears in front of him. The spirit guesses each of the woodcutter's thoughts right... -- -- Episode 3: The Fox's Lantern -- An old man, who got lost in the night streets, finds a lantern with a beautiful pattern, which was lost by a fox spirit. The next day, he returns it reluctantly, and what he sees... -- -- Episode 4: The Three Paper Charms -- An apprentice priest, who lost his way, accidentally puts up at the hut of the mountain witch. To avoid being eaten, he uses three paper charms to get back to the temple... -- -- (Source: Official site) -- OVA - May ??, 2000 -- 221 N/A -- -- Jigoku Koushien -- -- - -- 1 ep -- - -- Sports Comedy Horror Shounen -- Jigoku Koushien Jigoku Koushien -- (No synopsis yet.) -- OVA - Feb 13, 2009 -- 220 N/A -- -- Nanja Monja Obake -- -- - -- 1 ep -- - -- Kids Horror -- Nanja Monja Obake Nanja Monja Obake -- An anime made entirely in sumi-e following a child fox spirit and his morphing ability for haunting but he ends up getting scared himself. -- Special - Dec 6, 1994 -- 215 N/A -- -- Heisei Matsue Kaidan -- -- DLE -- 7 eps -- Original -- Horror Parody Supernatural -- Heisei Matsue Kaidan Heisei Matsue Kaidan -- A Matsue City collaboration anime with Eagle Talon. Yoshida book-ends the story as modern horror tales, originated within the city, are narrated by another person. The shorts are meant to promote the Patrick Lafcadio Hearn's Ghost Tour offered by the city. -- -- Some episodes feature biographical segments of the Matsue Kankou Taishi Sanri ga Iku! Matsue Ghost Tour group. -- ONA - Apr 9, 2015 -- 211 N/A -- -- Akuma no Organ -- -- - -- 1 ep -- Music -- Music Horror Demons -- Akuma no Organ Akuma no Organ -- Music video for Devil's Organ by GREAT3. From Climax E.P. (2003) -- Music - ??? ??, 2003 -- 210 5.16
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Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple (El Greco, London)
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple (El Greco, Madrid)
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple (El Greco, New York)
Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
Cleansing of the Temple
Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount
Eastern pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple Church, Iai
Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple Church, Sighioara
Excavations at the Temple Mount
Finding in the Temple
Gates of the Temple Mount
Grooves in the Temple
House of the Temple
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985 video game)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1988 video game)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (disambiguation)
In the Temple of Venus
Islamization of the Temple Mount
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme
Knights of the Temple II
Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade
KULT: The Temple of Flying Saucers
Monastery Among the Temple Trees
One Night in the Temple
Order of the Temple of the Rosy Cross
Pokmon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Presentation at the Temple (Ambrogio Lorenzetti)
Presentation at the Temple (Bellini)
Presentation at the Temple (Fra Angelico)
Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Lochner, 1445)
Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Presentation of the Virgin Mary at the Temple (Cima da Conegliano)
Rebirth of the Temple
Sisters of Finding Jesus in the Temple
Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple
The Phantom of the Temple
The Temple (Atlanta)
The Temple at Thatch
The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah
The Temple Institute
The Temple in the Underworld
The Temple (Lovecraft short story)
The Temple Mount Is Mine
The Temple News
The Temple (novel)
The Temple (Oates short story)
The Temple of Elemental Evil
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Thieves in the Temple
Valley of the Temples
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