Literary Birthday - 3 July - Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was born 3 July 1883, and died 3 June 1924


  1. A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.
  2. I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
  3. All language is but a poor translation.
  4. We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.
  5. I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
  6. Books are a narcotic.
  7. I need solitude for my writing; not ‘like a hermit’ - that wouldn’t be enough - but like a dead man.
  8. Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
  9. The person I am in the company of my sisters has been entirely different from the person I am in the company of other people. Fearless, powerful, surprising, moved as I otherwise am only when I write.
  10. Writing is prayer.

Kafka was a German writer of novels and short stories. Virtually unknown during his lifetime, the works of Kafka have since been recognized as symbolizing modern man’s anxiety-ridden and grotesque alienation in an unintelligible, hostile, or indifferent world. The MetamorphosisThe TrialThe Castle, are filled with the themes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.

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