Franz Kafka
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"Franz Kafka"; ; in Czech he was sometimes called "František Kafka" (); English pronunciation: (Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary: [ "Kafka"]).}} (Jewish name: ?????, "Anschel"; 3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German language/German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential 20th century in literature/authors of the 20th century. Most of his works, such as "" ("The Metamorphosis"), (The Trial), and (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of bureaucracy, and mystical transformations.

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There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

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

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.

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

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

You are free, and that is why you are lost.

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.

Who has the gift to recognize beauty, will not live long.

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.

Now the sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... someone might have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never.

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

The meaning of life is that it stops.

There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise, it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return.

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

You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.