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02 June 2013

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.

— Franz Kafka
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17 May 2013
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By juliettetang 

By juliettetang 

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14 March 2013
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Book Is A Garden by JoyHey on Flickr.

Book Is A Garden by JoyHey on Flickr.

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13 September 2012
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There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it can’t do otherwise; in raptures it will writhe before you.

— Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks (translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins)
22 June 2012
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Faulkner was a postmaster, Kafka an insurance agent, Brontë a governess. The day jobs of famous authors.

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Faulkner was a postmaster, Kafka an insurance agent, Brontë a governess. The day jobs of famous authors.

22 June 2012
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29 April 2012
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Franz Kafka, The Basic Kafka

Franz Kafka, The Basic Kafka

11 March 2012
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A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.

— Franz Kafka (via divine-despair)
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24 February 2012
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I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.

— Franz Kafka (via kafkaesque-world)
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28 November 2011
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Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

— Franz Kafka
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10 October 2011
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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.

— Franz Kafka (via talkativolive)
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13 September 2011
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There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it can’t do otherwise; in raptures it will writhe before you.

— Franz Kafka, from the fourth of The Blue Octavo Notebooks, as translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. (via confusionis)
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