Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. That is not the sort of belief that indicates real faith.
Ich glaube, mann sollte u« berhaupt nur solche Bu« cher lesen, die einen beiÞen und stechen. I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.Franz Kafka
Es ist oft besser, in Ketten als frei zu sein. It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.Franz Kafka
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous insect.Franz Kafka
All human errors are impatience, the premature breaking off of what is methodical, an apparent fencing in of the apparent thing.Franz Kafka
Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.Franz Kafka
Man cannot live without a permanent trust in something indestructible in himself, though both the indestructible element and the trust may remain permanently hidden from him. One of the ways in which this hiddenness can express itself is through faith in a personal god.Franz Kafka
In the struggle between yourself and the world, second the world.Franz Kafka
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. One can disintegrate the world by means of very strong light. For weak eyes the world becomes solid, for still weaker eyes it seems to develop fists, for eyes weaker still it becomes shamefaced and smashes anyone who dares to gaze upon it.Franz Kafka
I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.Franz Kafka
"Don't you want to join us?" I was recently asked by an acquaintance when he ran across me alone after midnight in a coffeehouse that was already almost deserted. "No, I don't," I said.Franz Kafka
Anyone who believes cannot experience miracles. By day one does not see any stars. Anyone who does miracles says: I cannot let go of the earth.Franz Kafka
"You asking me the way?" "Yes," I said, "since I can't find it myself." "Give it up! Give it up!" said he, and turned with a sudden jerk, like someone who wants to be alone with his laughter.Franz Kafka
By believing passionately in something which still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.Franz Kafka
Kafka described with wonderful imaginative power the future concentration camps, the future instability of the law, the future absolutism of the state Apparat .Franz Kafka
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