April 21, 2018
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Franz Kafka

6 quotations found:
The true way goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon.

Source: The Great Wall of China, "Reflections"
Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgment by that name; in reality it is a summary court held in perpetual session.

Source: Letter (to?)
Writing letters is actually an intercourse with ghosts, and by no means just with the ghost of the addressee but also with one's own ghost, which secretly evolves inside the letter one is writing.

Source: In letter to Milena Jesenska, from "Letters to Milena", translated by Philip Boehm, copyright 1990
Someone must hast traduced Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.

Source: The Trial, opening line. Willa and Edwin Muir translation. Written in the 1910s; not published until 1930s
You do not even have to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, simply wait.
Do not even wait, be still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Date: 2001
I have powerfully assumed the negativity of my times.

Source: Diaries
Date: 2001
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