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1. “Very often the test of one's allegiance to a cause or to a people is precisely the willingness to stay the course when things are boring, to run the risk of repeating an old argument just one more time, or of going one more round with a hostile or (much worse) indifferent audience. I first became involved with the Czech opposition in 1968 when it was an intoxicating and celebrated cause. Then, during the depressing 1970s and 1980s I was a member of a routine committee that tried with limited success to help the reduced forces of Czech dissent to stay nourished (and published). The most pregnant moment of that commitment was one that I managed to miss at the time: I passed an afternoon with Zdenek Mlynar, exiled former secretary of the Czech Communist Party, who in the bleak early 1950s in Moscow had formed a friendship with a young Russian militant with an evident sense of irony named Mikhail Sergeyevitch Gorbachev. In 1988 I was arrested in Prague for attending a meeting of one of Vaclav Havel's 'Charter 77' committees. That outwardly exciting experience was interesting precisely because of its almost Zen-like tedium. I had gone to Prague determined to be the first visiting writer not to make use of the name Franz Kafka, but the numbing bureaucracy got the better of me. When I asked why I was being detained, I was told that I had no need to know the reason! Totalitarianism is itself a cliché (as well as a tundra of pulverizing boredom) and it forced the cliché upon me in turn. I did have to mention Kafka in my eventual story. The regime fell not very much later, as I had slightly foreseen in that same piece that it would. (I had happened to notice that the young Czechs arrested with us were not at all frightened by the police, as their older mentors had been and still were, and also that the police themselves were almost fatigued by their job. This was totalitarianism practically yawning itself to death.) A couple of years after that I was overcome to be invited to an official reception in Prague, to thank those who had been consistent friends through the stultifying years of what 'The Party' had so perfectly termed 'normalization.' As with my tiny moment with Nelson Mandela, a whole historic stretch of nothingness and depression, combined with the long and deep insult of having to be pushed around by boring and mediocre people, could be at least partially canceled and annealed by one flash of humor and charm and generosity.”

Tags : 1968 Arguments Arrest Bad Crowds Boredom Bureaucracy Charm Charter 77 Commitment Communism Dissent History Humour Irony Loyalty Mediocrity Moscow Prague Totalitarianism Vaclav Havel
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

2. “After reading Burgum, [Patricia Highsmith] wrote in her cahier that, like Kafka, she felt she was a pessimist, unable to formulate a system in which an individual could believe in God, government or self. Again like Kafka, she looked into the great abyss which separated the spiritual and the material and saw the terrifying emptiness, the hollowness, at the heart of every man, a sense of alienation she felt compelled to explore in her fiction. As her next hero, she would take an architect, 'a young man whose authority is art and therefore himself,' who when he murders, 'feels no guilt or even fear when he thinks of legal retribution'. The more she read of Kafka the more she felt afraid as she came to realise, 'I am so similar to him.”

Tags : Abyss Alienation Art Authority Autism Belief Emptiness Explore Fear Fiction Gog Government Guilt Heart Hollowness Individual Kafka Material Murder Pessimist Retribution Self Spiritual System Terrifying
Author : Andrew Wilson
Source : Patricia Highsmith, Ζωή στο σκοτάδι

3. “Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

4. “This brings me back to the image of Kafka standing before a fish in the Berlin aquarium, a fish on which his gaze fell in a newly found peace after he decided not to eat animals. Kafka recognized that fish as a member of his invisible family- not as his equal, of course, but as another being that was his concern.”

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Source : Eating Animals

5. “He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

6. “Of course he was there, a removed audience of my redemption songs from beyond the grave,the way Kafka and his father continued to shadow-box,long after they quit staring at each otherat the dinner table.”

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Author : Thabo Jijana
Source : Failing Maths and My Other Crimes

7. “I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it.”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

8. “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”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : The Castle

9. “But sleep? On a night like this? What an idea! Just think of how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

10. “Self-control is something for which I do not strive. Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

11. “I carry the bars within me.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

12. “Do you realize that people don't know how to read Kafka simply because they want to decipher him? Instead of letting themselves be carried away by his unequaled imagination, they look for allegories — and come up with nothing but clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), God is beyond reach (or within reach), etc. You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.”

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Author : Milan Kundera

13. “But what if all the tranquility, all the comfort, all the contentment were now to come to a horrifying end?”

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Author : Franz Kafka

14. “The three of them knew it. She was Kafka’s mistress. Kafka had dreamt her. The three of them knew it. He was Kafka’s friend. Kafka had dreamt him. The three of them knew it. The woman said to the friend, Tonight I want you to have me. The three of them knew it. The man replied: If we sin, Kafka will stop dreaming us. One of them knew it. There was no longer anyone on earth. Kafka said to himself Now the two of them have gone, I’m left alone. I’ll stop dreaming myself.”

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15. “No writer in our time has been more isolated than Kafka, and yet few have achieved communication as well as he did.”

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16. “If, in the Judaic perception, the language of the Adamic was that of love, the grammars of fallen man are those of the legal code.”

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17. “When the little mouse, which was loved as none other was in the mouse-world, got into a trap one night and with a shrill scream forfeited its life for the sight of the bacon, all the mice in the district, in their holes were overcome by trembling and shaking; with eyes blinking uncontrollably they gazed at each other one by one, while their tails scraped the ground busily and senselessly. Then they came out, hesitantly, pushing one another, all drawn towards the scene of death. There it lay, the dear little mouse, its neck caught in the deadly iron, the little pink legs drawn up, and now stiff the feeble body that would so well have deserved a scrap of bacon.The parents stood beside it and eyed their child's remains.”

Tags : Death Dying Kafka Mice Mouse
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Blue Octavo Notebooks

18. “If anything in Kafka's theology can be called Jewish, it is his virtual lack of any concept of 'Nature'. There is in a sense no 'Nature' in Genesis either, since the world is created for man. There may, however, be more modern reasons for the absence of this concept in Kafka's case. His position here resembles that of Heidegger, whose Existential philosophy represents an attack on Naturalism (while adopting its atheistic presuppositions) and therefore finds no place for nature as such, but only for the world in so far as the world exists 'for human existence', i.e., as 'material'. Heidegger and Kafka are radically original in that aspect of their thought which does away with the natural and the supernatural at the same time. In Kafka the absence of Nature is due to the fact that for him what might be termed the 'institutionalization' of the world is total, indeed totalitarian. There is no room in it for that unoccupied and unused space beyond the sphere of human needs which we are in the habit of revering or enjoying as 'Nature'. Yet there is truth in Kafka's omission of Nature from his world, to the extent that the mechanized civilization of to-day may be described as appropriating and exploiting everything there is as raw material or fuel, and destroying whatever cannot be exploited—even human beings.”

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Source : Franz Kafka

19. “Yet even if I manage that, one single slip, and a slip cannot be avoided, will stop the whole process, easy and painful alike, and I will have to shrink back into my own circle again.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

20. “san otkriva stvarnost za kojom predstava zaostaje.strashno potiche od zhivota – potresno od umetnosti.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

21. “Yo he escrito también algunos cuentos en los cuales traté ambiciosa e inultimente de ser Kafka”

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22. “Milena lütfen bana yardım edin! Söyleyebildiklerimden daha da fazlasını anlamaya çalışın.”

Tags : Aşk Kafka Letter Love Milena
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

23. “Of course, Kafka doesn't see himself as a sort of party. He doesn't even pretend to be revolutionary, whatever his socialist sympathies may be. He knows that all the lines link him to a literary machine of expression for which he is simultaneously the gears, the mechanic, the operator, and the victim. So how will he proceed in this bachelor machine that doesn't make use of, and can't make use of, social critique? How will he make a revolution?He will act on the German language such as it is in Czechoslovakia. Since it is a deterritorialized language in many ways, he will push the deterritorialization farther, not through intensities, reversals and thickenings of the language but through a sobriety that makes language take flight on a straight line, anticipates or produces its segmentations. Expression must sweep up content; the same process must happen to form... It is not a politics of pessimism, nor a literary caricature or a form of science fiction.”

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24. “Not everything written on Kafka is Kafkology. How then to define Kafkology? By a tautology: Kafkology is discourse for Kafkologizing Kafka. For replacing Kafka with the Kafkologized Kafka.”

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Author : Milan Kundera
Source : Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts

25. “Uykusuzluğum beni nereye götürdü? Çok iyi anlatılamayan hiçbir şeye. Eminim...”

Tags : Aşk Kafka Letter Love Milena Sevgi Sleep Uyku
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

26. “Şimdi ise , yüreğine ve aklına aynı şekilde etki eden bir sesle Milena seni çağırıyor. Tabii ki Milena seni tanımıyor, duyduğu bir kaç hikaye ve yazılan bazı mektuplar gözünü kör etmiş. Milena bir deniz gibi, içinde çok fazla su barındıran bir deniz kadar güçlü, tüm gücüyle patlayan fakat bazen yanlış yola girip ölümü ya da uzaktaki ayı takip eden. O seni tanımıyor, gelmeni istemesi gerçeği anlamak istemesinden başka bir şey değil. Senin mevcut halini gördükten sonra gözlerinin açılacağından emin olabilirsin. Bundan çekindiğin için mi gitmek istemiyorsun hassas ruh, korktuğun tam olarak bu değil mi?”

Tags : Aşk Kafka Korku Letter Love Mektup Milena
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

27. “Milena birisi yüzünüzü iki elinin arasına sıkıştırıp , doğruca gözlerinizin içine bakmalı ki bu kişinin gözlerinde kendinizi gördükten sonra bir daha yazdığınız şeyleri aklınızadan bile geçiremeyeceksiniz.”

Tags : Aşk Kafka Letter Love Milena
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

28. “İki saatlik yaşam iki sayfalık bir yazıdan daha iyidir diye emin olmayın. Yazı yoksuldur ama daha temizdir.”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

29. “I'm alone inside the world of the story, my favorite feeling in the world.”

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Source : Kafka on the Shore

30. “...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.”

Tags : Freud Kafka Thomas Mann Woolf
Author : Peter Watson
Source : A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

31. “4 December. 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.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

32. “Un libro dev'essere un'ascia per il mare ghiacciato che è dentro di noi.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

33. “To je zabluda. Knjiga ne može da zameni svet. To je nemogućno. U životu sve ima svoj smisao i svoj zadatak koji ne mogu bez ostatka biti ispunjeni nečim drugim. Nije mogućno, na primer, proživeti nešto posredstvom nekog zamenika. Tako je i sa svetom i knjigom. Pokušavamo da život zatvorimo u knjige kao pticu pevačicu u kavez. Ali, u tome ne uspevamo. Naprotiv! Čovek od knjiških apstrakcija ne izgrađuje ništa drugo nego sistem u vidu kaveza za sebe.”

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34. “At the same time all the houses round about promptly took part in this silence, and so did the darkness above them, reaching as far as the stars. And the footsteps of invisible passers-by, whose course I had no wish to guess at, the wind that kept on driving against the other side of the street, the gramophone singing behind closed windows in some room - they made themselves heard in this silence, as if they had owned it for ever and ever.”

Tags : Contemplation Kafka Meditation Silence
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Contemplation

35. “Comparison is the most abused intellectual tool of all. We compare men and women, man and God, good and bad, equal and unequal, forgetting that this sin only results in a punishment so severe that we can't even trace it back to its origins. All we're left with in the end is ambiguity, uncertainty, lethargy and and Kafka!”

Tags : Comparison Intelligence Kafka Logic Men And Women
Author : Raheel Farooq

36. “Leo en Dostoievski el pasaje que tanto se asemeja a ser desdichado”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1913

37. “İşte bütün bunlar K.’ya kendisiyle bütün bağların koparıldığı, şimdi doğal olarak her zamankinden daha özgür olduğu ve ona başka zaman yasak olan bu yerde istediği kadar bekleyebileceği hissini verdi; sanki özgürlüğünü kimsenin yapamayacağı bir mücadeleyle elde etmişti ve kimse ona dokunamazdı, onu kovamazdı, hatta onunla konuşamazdı bile; ama bu inanç öylesine güçlüydü ki, sanki aynı zamanda bu özgürlükten, bu bekleyişten, bu dokunulmazlıktan daha anlamsız ve çaresiz bir şey yoktu.”

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Author : Franz Kafka

38. “About some books we feel that our reluctance to return to them is the true measure of our admiration. It is hard to suppose that many people go back, from a spontaneous desire, to reread 1984: there is neither reason nor need to, no one forgets it. The usual distinctions between forgotten details and a vivid general impression mean nothing here, for the book is written out of one passionate breath, each word is bent to a severe discipline of meaning, everything is stripped to the bareness of terror. Kafka's The Trial is also a book of terror, but it is a paradigm and to some extent a puzzle, so that one may lose oneself in the rhythm of the paradigm and play with the parts of the puzzle. Kafka's novel persuades us that life is inescapably hazardous and problematic, but the very 'universality' of this idea helps soften its impact: to apprehend the terrible on the plane of metaphysics is to lend it an almost soothing aura.”

Tags : 1984 Franz Kafka George Orwell Kafka Literary Criticism Metaphysics Novel Novels Orwell Paradigm The Trial
Author : Irving Howe
Source : Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Text, Sources, Criticism

39. “Like dreams, his texts combine precise "realistic" detail with absurdity, careful observation and reasoning on the part of the protagonists with inexplicable obliviousness and carelessness.”

Tags : Franz Kafka Kafka Subconsciousm Surrealism

40. “Der Sinn für die Darstellung meines traumhaften innern Lebens hat alles andere ins Nebensächliche gerückt, und es ist in einer schrecklichen Weise verkümmert und hört nicht auf, zu verkümmern. Nichts anderes kann mich jemals zufriedenstellen. Nun ist aber meine Kraft für jene Darstellung ganz unberechenbar, vielleicht ist sie schon für immer verschwunden, vielleicht kommt sie doch noch einmal über mich, meine Lebensumstände sind ihr allerdings nicht günstig. So schwanke ich also, fliege unaufhörlich zur Spitze des Berges, kann mich aber kaum einen Augenblick oben erhalten. Andere schwanken auch, aber in untern Gegenden, mit stärkeren Kräften; drohen sie zu fallen, so fängt sie der Verwandte auf, der zu diesem Zweck neben ihnen geht. Ich aber schwanke dort oben, es ist leider kein Tod, aber die ewigen Qualen des Sterbens.”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Tagebücher 1910-1923

41. “Der Sinn für die Darstellung meines traumhaften innern Lebens hat alles andere ins Nebensächliche gerückt, und es ist in einer schrecklichen Weise verkümmert und hört nicht auf, zu verkümmern. Nichts anderes kann mich jemals zufriedenstellen.”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Tagebücher 1910-1923

42. “Alguém certamente havia caluniado Josef K, pois uma manhã ele foi detido sem ter feito mal algum”

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Author : Franz Kafka

43. “My conception of a novel is that it ought to be a personal struggle, a direct and total engagement with the author's story of his or her own life. This conception, again, I take from Kafka, who, although he was never transformed into an insect, and although he never had a piece of food (an apple from his family's table!) lodged in his flesh and rotting there, devoted his whole life as a writer to describing his personal struggle with his family, with women, with moral law, with his Jewish heritage, with his Unconscious, with his sense of guilt, and with the modern world. Kafka's work, which grows out of the nighttime dreamworld in Kafka's brain, is *more* autobiographical than any realistic retelling of his daytime experiences at the office or with his family or with a prostitute could have been. What is fiction, after all, if not a kind of purposeful dreaming? The writer works to create a dream that is vivid and has meaning, so that the reader can then vividly dream it and experience meaning. And work like Kafka's, which seems to proceed directly from dream, is therefore an exceptionally pure form of autobiography. There's an important paradox here that I would like to stress: the greater the autobiographical content of a fiction writer's work, the *smaller* its superficial resemblance to the writer's actual life. The deeper the writer digs for meaning, the more the random particulars of the writer's life become *impediments* to deliberate dreaming.”

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Source : Farther Away

44. “The books we need are of the kind that act upon us like a misfortune,that makes 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,lost in a forest remote from all human habitation”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : The Trial

45. “You are the knife I turn inside myself; that is love. That, my dear, is love.”

Tags : Kafka Letters Love
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

46. “-Ma Kafka parla della tua vita! - disse Avery. - Senza nulla togliere alla tua ammirazione per Rilke, devo dirti che Kafka c'entra con la tua vita molto più di Rilke. Kafka era come noi. Tutti questi scrittori erano esseri umani che cercavano di trovare un senso alla propria vita. E Kafka più di tutti! Kafka aveva paura della morte, aveva problemi con il sesso, aveva problemi con le donne, aveva problemi con il lavoro, aveva problemi con i genitori. E scriveva narrativa per cercare di capirci qualcosa.”

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47. “Un libro dev'essere un'ascia per il mare ghiacciato che è dentro di noi.(da una lettera a Oskar Pollak, novembre 1903).”

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Author : Franz Kafka

48. “An information bureau of the human condition, Theodor Adorno called Kafka.”

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Author : David Markson

49. “Tom prilikom Kafka mi reče: "Vi opisujete pesnika kao nekog čudesno velikog čoveka čije noge su na zemlji dok mu glava nestaje u oblacima. To je, prirodno, sasvim uobičajena slika u okviru malograđanskih konvencionalnih predstava. To je iluzija, proizišla iz skrivenih želja, a koja nema ničeg zajedničkog sa stvarnošću. U stvarnosti je pesnik uvek manji i slabiji od društvenog proseka. Otuda on oseća teret zemaljskog postojanja intenzivnije i jače nego drugi ljudi. Njegova pesma je za njega samo krik. Umetnost je za umetnika patnja putem koje on sebe oslobađa za novu patnju. On nije nikakav div, nego je tek više ili manje živopisna ptica u kavezu svoje egzistencije.”

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Source : Conversations with Kafka

50. “Die schwere Verwundung Gregors, an der er über einen Monat litt -- derApfel blieb, da ihn niemand zu entfernen wagte, als sichtbares Andenkenim Fleische sitzen --, schien selbst den Vater daran erinnert zu haben,daß Gregor trotz seiner gegenwärtigen traurigen und ekelhaften Gestaltein Familienglied war, das man nicht wie einen Feind behandeln durfte,sondern dem gegenüber es das Gebot der Familienpflicht war, denWiderwillen hinunterzuschlucken und zu dulden, nichts als dulden.”

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Author : Franz Kafka
Source : The Metamorphosis

51. “Svako živi iza rešetaka koje nosi sa sobom. Zato se sada tako mnogo piše o životinjama. To je izraz čežnje za slobodnim, prirodnim životom. No, prirodni život za čoveka jeste ljudski život. To se, ipak, ne vidi. Nećemo da vidimo. Ljudska egzistencija je odveć tegobna, zato bismo da je se otarasimo, barem u fantaziji. [...] Vraćamo se životinji. To je znatno prostije od ljudske egzistencije. Dobro ušuškani usred stada, marširamo ulicama gradova na posao, na valove i u zadovoljstva. To je život strogo kao u kancelariji. Nema čuda, nego jedino uputstva za upotrebu, obrasci i propisi. Bojimo se slobode i odgovornosti. Stoga se radije gušimo iza rešetaka koje čak i sami popravljamo." (Kafka o "Preobražaju")”

Tags : Kafka Life Metamorphosis Preobražaj
Source : Conversations with Kafka

52. “É bom quando nossa consciência sofre grandes ferimentos, pois isso a torna mais sensível a cada estímulo. Penso que devemos ler apenas livros que nos ferem, que nos afligem. Se o livro que estamos lendo não nos desperta como um soco no crânio, por que perder tempo lendo-o? Para que ele nos torne felizes, como você diz? Oh Deus, nós seríamos felizes do mesmo modo se esses livros não existissem. Livros que nos fazem felizes poderíamos escrever nós mesmos num piscar de olhos. Precisamos de livros que nos atinjam como a mais dolorosa desventura, que nos assolem profundamente – como a morte de alguém que amávamos mais do que a nós mesmos –, que nos façam sentir que fomos banidos para o ermo, para longe de qualquer presença humana – como um suicídio. Um livro deve ser um machado para o mar congelado que há dentro de nós”

Tags : Conscience Kafka Metamorforphosis
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : The Metamorphosis

53. “sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless manthe most guilty.”

Tags : Kafka Man Sleep
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letters to Milena

54. “Annesi korkunç bir akşam pencerenin önünde Amerika yolculuğunu haber verdiğinde, asla mektup yazmamaya geri dönülmez biçimde yemin etmişti etmesine, ama deneyimsiz bir gencin ettiği böyle bir yemin buradaki yeni koşullarda kaç yazardı! O zamanlar, Amerika'da iki ay kaldıktan sonra Amerikan ordusunda general olacağına da yemin etse olurdu; gerçekteyse New York dışında bir otelde; tavan arasında bir odada iki serseriyle beraberdi, ayrıca burada gerçekten yerini bulmuş olduğunu da itiraf etmeliydi.”

Tags : Amerika Kafka
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Amerika

55. “Zavallı küçük bir göçmen olarak karaya ayak basmış olsaydı, nerede kalırdı acaba? Evet, belki de onu -göçmen yasaları konusundaki bilgisine dayanarak bunu çok olası buluyordu dayı- Birleşik Devletler'e almazlardı bile, artık bir yurdu olmadığını umursamadan eve yollarlardı. Çünkü burada kimse kimseye acımazdı, Karl'ın bu açıdan Amerika hakkında okumuş olduğu şeyler de çok doğruydu; yalnızca şanslı olanlar çevrelerindeki kaygısız yüzler arasında şanslarının gerçekten tadını çıkarıyor gibiydiler.”

Tags : Amerika Kafka
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Amerika

56. “Karl, belki de yurdunda hiç hissetmediği kadar güçlü ve aklı başında hissediyordu kendini gerçekten. Onun yabancı ülkede saygın kişiliklerin karşısında iyi uğruna nasıl savaştığını ve daha zafere ulaşamamış olsa da, son kuşatma için nasıl tam anlamıyla hazır olduğunu annesiyle babası görebilseydi keşke! Onunla ilgili görüşlerini tekrar gözden geçirirler miydi? Onu aralarına oturtup överler miydi? Onlara böylesine sadık olan gözlerinin içine bir kez, bir kez olsun bakarlar mıydı?”

Tags : Amerika Kafka
Author : Franz Kafka

57. “Every single day, each time I see her face, see her, it's utterly precious.”

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Source : Kafka on the Shore

58. “Il sut immédiatement que cet univers ralenti, marqué par la honte, où les êtres se croisent dans un vide sidéral, sans qu'aucun rapport entre eux n'apparaisse jamais possible, correspondait exactement à son univers mental.”

Tags : Houellebecq Kafka Particules
Source : The Elementary Particles

59. “Ja sam kraj ili početak.”

Tags : Book Quotes Kafka Letter To His Father
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Letter to His Father

60. “Personazhet e Kafkës na trubullojnë edhe sot e kësaj dite, ngaqë ata janë siç kemi qenë ne dikur, heronj të dorëzuar. Brenga jonë si lexues rritet edhe më, teksa mëvetësohemi e ndjejmë se, edhe si personazhë, jemi përshkruar krejt tjetër: ngrirë si njerëz, rrëgjuar mendërisht, vyshkur ndjesisht, pa reagime. Nuk na shfaqën si qenie njerëzore, dhe kurrë krijesa fiziologjike. Problemet tona, hallet si heronj të asaj letërsie, thjesht të qenieve politike, zgjidhjet e tyre një herë e mirë të parashikueshme. Ekonomi letrare e planifikuar. Aq sa sot dyshojmë nëse vërtetë kemi qenë. A quhet art letërsia që i vidhej njeriut. Më thua dot, a mund të ketë letërsi në Korenë e Veriut sot?!”

Tags : Hero Kafka Komunizmi Letërsia Lexues
Author : Faruk Myrtaj
Source : Atdhe tjetër

61. “Everything begins when you understand that you, and you above all, are Max Brod: this, for W., is the founding principle. That you (whoever you are) are Max Brod, and everyone else (whoever that might be) is Franz Kafka. Which is to say, you will never understand anyone else and are endlessly guilty before them, and that even with the greatest effort of loyalty, you will betray them at every turn.”

Tags : Humor Inspirational Kafka
Author : Lars Iyer

62. “Unsichere Fragen und ungeeignetster Augenblick, sie zu stellen!”

Tags : Fragen Kafka
Author : Kafka, Franz

63. “josef k.ya birileri iftira atmış olmalıydı”

Tags : Dava Josef K Kafka
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : Der Prozess

64. “Decía Kafka que hay que escribir como si estuvieras muerto y hace tiempo que me he quedado sin papel y ya siento cómo el frío va sustituyendo mi alma”

Tags : Kafka Writing From The Heart
Source : Gornú

65. “Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.”

Tags : Kafka Murakami Samsa In Love

66. “Wherever I turn, the black wave rushes down on me.”

Tags : Black Wave Kafka
Author : Franz Kafka

67. “Kafka said, A bookmust be an axefor the frozen sea inside us, which sounds great, but what good is an axe against a frozen sea?Perhaps this is whyhe said, while dying,Destroy everything.”

Tags : Kafka

68. “Nothing expresses Kafka’s innermost sense of self more profoundly than his lapidary definition of “writing as a form of prayer”: he was a writer. Not a man who wrote, but one to whom writing was the only form of being, the only means of defying death in life.”

Tags : Death Kafka Life Writers Writing
Author : Ernst Pawel
Source : The Nightmare of Reason: A Life of Franz Kafka

69. “Une âme solitaire errant le long d’un rivage absurde battu par les flots. C’est peut-être la signification de ce nom : Kafka.”

Tags : Kafka
Source : Kafka on the Shore