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Franz Kafka
July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924
Nationality: Austrian
Category: Poet
Subcategory: Austrian Poet

The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.


A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.


Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.


One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.


There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.


May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.


In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.


Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.


Writers speak stench.


It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.


Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.


Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.


If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.


The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.


It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical.


Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.


Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.


By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.


Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.


My "fear" is my substance, and probably the best part of me.


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