Quotes by Franz Kafka


Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
– Franz Kafka
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
– Franz Kafka
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
– Franz Kafka
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
– Franz Kafka
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
– Franz Kafka
All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
– Franz Kafka
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
– Franz Kafka
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
– Franz Kafka
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
– Franz Kafka
Evil is whatever distracts.
– Franz Kafka
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
– Franz Kafka
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
– Franz Kafka
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
– Franz Kafka
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
– Franz Kafka
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
– Franz Kafka
In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
– Franz Kafka
It is your people who make the ultimate difference. You put the investment into training the people and then, when you get invited to the party with the big boys, that is a unique selling point.
– Franz Kafka
Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.
– Franz Kafka
May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
– Franz Kafka
My fear is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
– Franz Kafka