Franz Kafka Quotes (148 quotes)
“Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.”
Aphorisms (1918). Sometimes misattributed to W. H. Auden.
The collected aphorisms (1994 edition)
“By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.”
Wedding preparations in the country: and other posthumous prose writings. With notes by Max Brod (1954 edition)
“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.”
The blue octavo notebooks (1991 edition)
“Someone must have traduced Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.”
The Trial Chapter 1 (1925) (translated by Willa and Edwin Muir)
Wedding preparations in the country: and other posthumous prose writings, Secker and Warburg, 1954
52, Im Kampf zwischen Dir und der Welt, sekundiere der Welt. - Aphorisms (1918)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFranz Kafka
Born: July 3, 1883
Died: June 3, 1924 (aged 40)
Bio: Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories, regarded as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like the ones in his writing.