Franz Kafka Top 10 Quotes


Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

Franz Kafka


I am a cage, in search of a bird.

Franz Kafka (The Blue Octavo Notebooks, 1917-1919)


Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.

Franz Kafka


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)


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


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)


Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within.

Franz Kafka


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)


Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

Franz Kafka

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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.

Notable Works

Metamorphosis (1915)
The Blue Octavo Notebooks (1917-1919)
The Trial (1920)
The Castle (1926)
Amerika (1927)

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