„Tu as beau encourager autant que tu le veux quelqu’un qui a les yeux bandés à regarder à travers son bandeau, il ne verra jamais quoi que ce soit! Il ne commencera à voir que du moment où on déliera le bandeau!“

—  Franz Kafka, livre Le Château

Du kannst jemanden, der die Augen verbunden hat, noch so sehr aufmuntern, durch das Tuch zu starren, er wird doch niemals etwas sehen; erst wenn man ihm das Tuch abnimmt, kann er sehen.
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Le Château

„I am a cage, in search of a bird.“

—  Franz Kafka, livre The Zürau Aphorisms

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The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918)
Variante: A cage went in search of a bird.

„A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.“

—  Franz Kafka

Letter to Oskar Pollak http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001062.php (27 January 1904)
Variant translations:
If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us.
What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Variante: A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Contexte: I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?... we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

„You are the knife I turn inside myself; that is love. That, my dear, is love.“

—  Franz Kafka, livre Letters to Milena

Source: Letters to Milena

„the blend of absurd, surreal and mundane which gave rise to the adjective "kafkaesque“

—  Franz Kafka, livre La Métamorphose

Source: The Metamorphosis

„Written kisses don't reach their destination, rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts.“

—  Franz Kafka, livre Letters to Milena

Source: Letters to Milena

„You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart; imagine my heartbeat when you are in this state.“

—  Franz Kafka, livre Letters to Felice

Variante: You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart.
Source: Letters to Felice‎

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