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All Franz Kafka Quotes on Life, Love, Philosophy, And Metamorphosis

All Franz Kafka Quotes on Life, Love, Philosophy, And Metamorphosis

Discover Franz Kafka quotes and sayings, he is a German-speaking Prague writer Franz Kafka, considered one of the major writers of the 20th century.

Biography of Franz Kafka

1- Franz Kafka was born in Prague into a wealthy Jewish family.

2-He quickly became interested in literature and socialist ideas.

3-He devoted himself to writing while working in an insurance company.

4-At 26, he published his first prose essays in a journal and began writing his journal in 1910.

5-Being tormented, sickly, and depressed, he had difficult relationships with women. His work reflects his difficulty in living in an absurd and alienating world. Few of his works are published during his lifetime, some remain unfinished.

Which Franz Kafka book should I read?

The Best Books of Franz Kafka

  1. The Metamorphosis
  2. In the Penal Colony
  3. The Trial
  4. The Castle
  5. A Hunger Artist
  6. Letter to His Father
  7. The Complete Stories
  8. Amerika
  9. A Country Doctor
  10. Letters to Milena

What is Franz Kafka’s philosophy all about?


The most important thing to remember about Franz Kafka (1883–1924) is that he was not a philosopher. He was a novelist as well as a short story writer. He never referred to himself as a philosopher.

Kafka was a fantastic novelist, and many scholars consider him to be a major contributor to twentieth-century world literature. His novels are like bad dreams in that they combine realism and fantasy, such as a hero fighting alone against a bumbling villain.

His novels are regarded as Existential because they emphasize the individual’s inner life or subjective experience. His stories are also regarded as ultra-modern because they are Atheist in nature and explore the absurd side of life.

He is frequently referred to as a philosopher because his novels are so profound. However, he rarely mentioned philosophy or philosophers.

Even if you read all of his work, you won’t find anything better than what Wikipedia has:
“… His work, which combines elements of realism and fantasy, typically features isolated protagonists confronted with bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity…”

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The Beautiful Franz Kafka Quotes

Most of Franz Kafka quotes are a true tribute to literature. This writer is considered one of the most universal in history. It is not for nothing that he was voted Millennial Novelist in the Western Hemisphere.
Kafka has captured the spirit of a contemporary man like no other. His novels, and all of his writing in general, are marked with great honesty. His proverbial sensitivity makes his capacity for observation a masterpiece, which clearly reflects the human soul.
In the quotes from Franz Kafka, the psychological violence, loneliness, and distress that reside in human beings are clearly shown. Beyond his aesthetic value, which is very great, what makes this writer unique is his ability to describe sensations and realities. Read this article, and discover quotes from this great author.

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Franz Kafka quotes love


1-“I want in fact more of you. In my mind I am dressing you with light; I am wrapping you up in blankets of complete acceptance and then I give myself to you. I long for you; I who usually long without longing, as though I am unconscious and absorbed in neutrality and apathy, really, utterly long for every bit of you.”― Franz Kafka

2-“There’s no quiet place here on earth for our love, not in the village and not anywhere else, so I picture a grave, deep and narrow, in which we embrace as if clamped together, I bury my face against you, you yours against me, and no one will ever see us.”― Franz Kafka

3-“Love has as few problems as a motor car. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much but prove nothing.”― Franz Kafka

4-“The history of the world, as it is written and handed down by word of mouth, often fails us completely; but man’s intuitive capacity, though it often misleads, does lead, does not ever abandon one.”― Franz Kafka

5-“Anyone who loves his neighbor within the limits of the world is doing no more and no less injustice than someone who loves himself within the limits of the world.”― Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka quotes metamorphosis


6-“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

7-“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

8-“How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”,”― Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

9-“Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

10-“He thought back on his family with deep emotion and love. His conviction that he would have to disappear was, if possible, even firmer than his sister’s. He remained in this state of empty and peaceful reflection until the tower clock struck three in the morning. He still saw that outside the window everything was beginning to grow light. Then, without his consent, his head sank to the floor, and from his nostrils streamed his last weak breath.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

11-“He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

12-“What’s happened to me,’ he thought. It was no dream.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

13-“I only fear danger where I want to fear it.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

14-“The sister played so beautifully. Her face was tilted to one side and she followed the notes with soulful and probing eyes. Gregor advanced a little, keeping his eyes low so that they might meet hers. Was he a beast if music could move him so?”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

15-“Calm —indeed the calmest— reflection might be better than the most confused decisions”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

16-“What a fate: to be condemned to work for a firm where the slightest negligence at once gave rise to the gravest suspicion! Were all the employees nothing but a bunch of scoundrels, was there not among them one single loyal devoted man who had he wasted only an hour or so of the firm’s time in the morning, was so tormented by conscience as to be driven out of his mind and actually incapable of leaving his bed?”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

17-“The blend of absurd, surreal and mundane which gave rise to the adjective “Kafkaesque”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

18-“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous bug…”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

19-“But Gregor understood easily that it was not the only consideration for him which prevented their moving, for he could easily have been transported in a suitable crate with a few air holes; what mainly prevented the family from moving was their complete hopelessness and the thought that they had been struck by a misfortune as none of their relatives and acquaintances had ever been hit.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

20-“The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

21-“If I didn’t have my parents to think about I’d have given in my notice a long time ago, I’d have gone up to the boss and told him just what I think, tell him everything I would, let him know just what I feel. He’d fall right off his desk! And it’s a funny sort of business to be sitting up there at your desk, talking down at your subordinates from up there, especially when you have to go right up close because the boss is hard of hearing.” ― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

22-“Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

23-“His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked.”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

24-“If they were shocked, then Gregor had no further responsibility and could be calm. But if they took everything calmly, hehe, too, had no reason to get excited and could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight o’clock.”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

25-“However, Gregor had become much calmer. All right, people did not understand his words any more, although they seemed clear enough to him, clearer than previously, perhaps because had gotten used to them”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

26-“Then his head sank to the floor of its own accord and from his nostrils came the last faint flicker of his breath.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

27-“Gregor’s serious wound, from which he suffered for over a month – the apple remained imbedded in his flesh as a visible souvenir since no one dared to remove it – seemed to have reminded even his father that Gregor was a member of the family, despite his present pathetic and repulsive shape, who could not be treated as an enemy; that, on the contrary, it was the commandment of the family duty to swallow their disgust and endure him, endure him and nothing more.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

28-“Was he an animal if music could captivate him so? It seemed to him that he was being shown the way to the unknown nourishment he had been yearning for.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

29-“A picture of my existence… would show a useless wooden stake covered in snow… stuck loosely at a slant in the ground in a plowed field on the edge of a vast open plain on a dark winter night.”― Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis
30-“He had always believed that his father had not been able to save a penny from the business, at least his father had never told him anything to the contrary, and Gregor, for his part, had never asked him any questions. In those days Gregor’s sole concern had been to do everything in his power to make the family forget as quickly as possible the business disaster which had plunged everyone into a state of total despair. And so he had begun to work with special ardor and had risen almost overnight from stock clerk to traveling salesman, which of course had opened up very different money-making possibilities, and in no time his successes on the job were transformed, using commissions, into hard cash that could be plunked down on the table at home in front of his astonished and delighted family. Those had been the wonderful times, and they had never returned, at least not with the same glory, although later on Gregor earned enough money to meet the expenses of the entire family and actually did so. They had just gotten used to it, the family as well as Gregor, the money was received with thanks and given with pleasure, but no special feeling of warmth went with it anymore. ”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

31-“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

32-“A man might find for a moment that he was unable to work, but that’s exactly the right time to remember his past accomplishments and to consider that later on when the obstacles have been removed, he’s bound to work all the harder and more efficiently.”― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

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