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Quotations From FRANZ KAFKA

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  • 91.
    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 (1883-1924), German novelist, short-story writer. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, entry for October 18, 1921, ed. Max Brod (1948).

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  • 92.
    The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, January 19, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).

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  • 93.
    My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech novelist, short-story writer. (Originally published 1919). The officer, in In The Penal Settlement, Metamorphosis and Other Stories (1961).

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  • 94.
    The animal wrests the whip from its master and whips itself in order to become a master, not knowing that this is only a fantasy produced by a new knot in the master's whiplash.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 21, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).

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  • 95.
    Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, October 18, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).

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  • 96.
    They were given the choice of becoming kings or the kings' messengers. As it is with children, they all wanted to be messengers.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 30, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).

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  • 97.
    The man in ecstasy and the man drowning—both throw up their arms. The first does it to signify harmony, the second to signify strife with the elements.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 24, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).
  • 98.
    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 (1883-1924), German novelist, shortstory writer. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, entry for Oct. 19, 1921, ed. Max Brod (1948).

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  • 99.
    Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech novelist, short-story writer. Journal entry, July 21, 1913. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, ed. Max Brod (1948).

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  • 100.
    Letting the head that is filled with disgust and hate droop on the breast. Certainly, but what if someone is throttling you?
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 26, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).

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