Born: July 3, 1883
Died: June 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.
Here below I’ve selected four quotes that I found to be particularly fascinating and thought-provoking by this potent writer.
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 (Letter to Oskar Pollak, 1904)
It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.
Franz Kafka (The Trial, 1920)
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)
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 (The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1910 – 1923)