I hate everything that does not relate to literature, conversations bore me (even when they relate to literature), to visit people bores me, the joys and sorrows of my relatives bore me to my soul. Conversation takes the importance, the seriousness, the truth, out of everything I think.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Austrian

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Then his head sank to the floor of its own accord and from his nostrils came the last faint flicker of his breath.

Writers speak stench.

Deceptions are more frequent than changes.

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

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

The main thing holding the family back from a change in living quarters was far more their complete hopelessness and the idea that they had been struck by a misfortune like no one else in their entire circle of relatives and acquaintances.

Looking on oneself as something alien, forgetting the sight, remembering the gaze.

One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.

If ever that door offers itself to me again, I swore, I will go in out of this dust and heat, out of this dry glitter of vanity, out of these toilsome futilities. I will go and never return. This time I will stay... I swore it and when the time came — I DIDN'T GO.

What is love? After all, it is quite simple. Love is everything which enhances, widens, and enriches our life. In its heights and in its depths. Love has as few problems as a motor-car. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road.

I like to make use of what I know.

There is a destination but no way there; what we refer to as way is hesitation.

If he stayed at home and carried on with his normal life he would be a thousand times superior to these people and could get any of them out of his way just with a kick.

They linked arms with him in a way K. had never walked with anyone before.