When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours?

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Austrian


When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what.. Franz Kafka

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Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self.

Hold fast! then you too will see the unchangeable dark distance, out of which nothing can come except one day the chariot; it rolls up, gets bigger and bigger, fills the whole world at the moment it reaches you - and you sink into it like a child sinking into the upholstery of a carriage that drives through the storm and night.

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I am a very unhappy human being and you, dearest, simply had to be summoned to create an equilibrium for all this misery.

Don't concern yourself about anybody. Just do what you think is right.

I carry the bars within me.

He felt himself as much at liberty as is normally only felt in foreign parts when speaking with people of lower standing, keeping everything about himself to himself, speaking only casually about the interests of the other, able to raise him to a level above one's own, but also able, at will, to let him drop again.

It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable.

Utter despair, impossible to pull myself together; Only when I have become satisfied with my sufferings can I stop.

You can withdraw from the sufferings of the world — that possibility is open to you and accords with your nature — but perhaps that withdrawal is the only suffering you might be able to avoid.

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.