I have no memory for things I have learned, nor things I have read, nor things experienced or heard, neither for people nor events; I feel that I have experienced nothing, learned nothing, that I actually know less than the average schoolboy, and that what I do know is superficial, and that every second question is beyond me. I am incapable of thinking deliberately; my thoughts run into a wall. I can grasp the essence of things in isolation, but I am quite incapable of coherent, unbroken thinking. I can’t even tell a story properly; in fact, I can scarcely talk…

Franz Kafka

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Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

Charles Dickens

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Unknown - Boris Olshansky

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A manuscript page of  Franz Kafka’s Diaries

I have a feeling that most of us are so touchy not because we get so easily offended for the sake of our own ego but because all we could think about is how absolutely unnecessary the small tiny insult is and how the rebirth of a global culture of understanding and kindness and communal spirit for the whole of humanity, for each and every human being, and how nurturing that culture would be for the genius inherent in every human soul, and how much civilisation would progress and benefit if every genius born into this world is nurtured naturally by society, (please don’t ‘even evil geniuses?’ me just let me have my moment) is being held up by all these stupid petty reactive insults and this is why we get touchy about small insults we are not stuck-up we just want the whole world to be thoughtful and kind

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#I didn't know so many of my followers were secret kafka enthusiasts you go kids  #but yes he is a top I think his writing is so insightful and beautiful and though they lack build-up and though they end in a strange manner  #I think those qualities of his writing reflect life quite poingnantly  #his writing reads like a dreamlike succesion of beautiful photographs  #each scene and each glimpse worth absorbing and taking in  #but as a plot they are quite haphazard  #which reflects life  #because reality doesn't unfold like a neat and organized plot  #they are so many variables  #and this poetic beauty to his work is what i love so much  #its so sparkling and magical and breathtaking  #we musn't expect so much structure  #or the satisfaction of a concluded plot that we might have grown used to in reading other stories  #what makes franz's work so haunting is that it is open-ended and thought provoking  #once you read it it sort of lives inside you  #a living story that asks to be concluded by the readers own imagination and lfie experiences  #and wow that is what i love about kafka so much he and his work is so fascinating  #personal  #okay i said 'though they lack build up' i should point out that I am reading the translated versions and not the original ones  #and I've read that he writes in a way that is /all about/ build up but which is unfortunately so difficult to preserve in translation  #so yes  #also gramar mistakes in tags pray forgive  #oh my god isnt that funny  #/GRAMAR/  #*grammar  

Baking with Kafka

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村田蓮爾 Range Murata

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I am a cage in search of a bird.

Franz Kafka, The Third Notebook

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So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.

Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka (right) with, from right, his secretary Julie Kaiser, his sister Ottla, their cousin Irma, and the maid Mařenka, near Zürau, Bohemia, 1917

did u know that Franz Kafka once read aloud one of his stories to his friends and came to a part where he laughed so much he had to stop reading

I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.

reading Franz Kafka is like reading your favorite fanfiction writer who writes brilliant, sparkling one-shots buT NEVER UPDATES HIS LONGER STORIES