Franz Kafka: 8 Quotes from Author on Birthday

Franz Kafka’s birthday is Thursday, July 3, and here’s a few quotes from the famed 20th century author. Kafka was born in Prague in 1883 and died in 1924.

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

“Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.”

“You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.”

“By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.”

“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

“Love is, that you are the knife which I plunge into myself.”

“A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.”

“The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.”