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Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Franz Kafka
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.
Franz Kafka (Letter to Oskar Pollak, 1903)
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within.
Franz Kafka
I am a cage, in search of a bird.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
The meaning of life is that it stops.
Franz Kafka
The metaphysical urge is only the urge toward death.
Franz Kafka (The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1912)
Religions get lost as people do.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
Franz Kafka (The Trial, 1920)
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Franz Kafka
Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
Franz Kafka (The Diaries of Franz Kafka)
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Franz Kafka
Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. 
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
Either the world is so tiny or we are enormous; in either case we fill it completely..
Franz Kafka (Letter to Milena Jesenská)
You are free and that is why you are lost.
Franz Kafka (Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, 1917-1919)
Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it. 
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
In peacetime you don’t get anywhere, in wartime you bleed to death.
Franz Kafka (The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1917)
My "fear"... is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
Franz Kafka (Letter to Milena Jesenská)
How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?
Franz Kafka (Aphorisms, 1918)
The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)
Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
Franz Kafka (The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1913)
What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself.
Franz Kafka (Quoted in Journal of the Kafka Society of America, 2004)
A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
Franz Kafka (Aphorisms, 1918)
I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.
Franz Kafka (Letter to Max Brod)
There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.
Variant: There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence.
Franz Kafka (Aphorisms, 1918)
Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
Franz Kafka (Aphorisms, 1918)
People are sewn into their skins for life and cannot alter any of the seams, at least not with their own hands.
Franz Kafka (Letter to Felice Bauer)
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Franz Kafka Biography

Born: July 3, 1883
Died: Juny 3, 1924

Franz Kafka was an Austrian-Hungarian novelist. Although much of his work wasn't finished before his death he still was and is considered to be one of the best writers in the 20th century.

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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.
Willa Muir and Edwin Muir giving their own view and summary on Kafka's Metamorphosis in (The metamorphosis, In the penal colony, and other stories, 1995).

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