60 Franz Kafka Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

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Franz Kafka The Trial quotes

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  • “It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves.”
  • “It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable.”
  • “From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.”
  • “it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle.”
  • “Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live.”
  • “The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other.”
  • “But I’m not guilty,” said K. “there’s been a mistake. How is it even possible for someone to be guilty? We’re all human beings here, one like the other.” “That is true” said the priest “but that is how the guilty speak”
  • “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.”
  • “You must not pay too much attention to opinions. The written word is unalterable, and opinions are often only an expression of despair.”
  • “I like to make use of what I know”
  • “I see, these books are probably law books, and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance.”
  • “Like a dog!" he said, it was as if the shame of it should outlive him.”
  • “It's sometimes quite astonishing that a single, average life is enough to encompass so much that it's at all possible ever to have any success in one's work here.”
  • “The moonlight lay everywhere with the natural peace that is granted to no other light.”
  • “Judgement does not come suddenly; the proceedings gradually merge into the judgement.”

Franz Kafka The Castle quotes

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  • “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”
  • “You misinterpret everything, even the silence.” ― Franz Kafka, The Castle
  • “If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything.”
  • “One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom.”
  • “Since I met you, I've felt abandoned without your nearness; your nearness is all I ever dream of, the only thing.”
  • “Illusions are more common than changes in fortune”
  • “Deceptions are more frequent than changes”
  • “It isn’t easy to understand exactly what she is saying, for one doesn’t know whether she is speaking ironically or seriously, it’s mostly serious, but sounds ironic. - “Stop interpreting everything!” said K.”
  • “Other opportunities arise from time to time that almost don't accord with the overall situation, opportunities whereby a word, a glance, a sigh of trust may achieve more than a lifetime of exhausting endeavour.”
  • “Of course I'm ignorant, that remains true at all events and is extremely distressing for me, but it does have the advantage that the ignorant man dares more, so I shall gladly put up with ignorance and its undoubtedly dire consequences for a while, as long as my strength lasts.”
  • “those who are ignorant naturally consider everything possible.”
  • “to be sure, all that pointless standing about and waiting day after day always starting all over again without any prospect of change, will wear a man down and make him doubtful, and ultimately incapable of anything but that despairing standing about.”
  • “How suicidal happiness can be!”
  • “Hers was a nature made for intrigue, apparently working for no purpose, like the wind, according to strange and distant orders of which no one ever got a sight.”
  • “all [the authorities] did was to guard the distant and invisible interests of distant and invisible masters”

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