Diaries

by Franz Kafka
Austria
3 Jul 1883 // 3 Jun 1924
Writer

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Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair. Just when everything seems over with, new forces come marching up, and precisely that means that you are alive. And if they don't, then everything is over with here, once and for all.

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My job is unbearable to me because it conflicts with my only desire and my only calling, which is literature. Since I am nothing but literature and can and want to be nothing else, my job will never take possession of me, it may, however, shatter me completely, and this is by no means a remote possibility.

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I ought to be able to invent words capable of blowing the odor of corpses in a direction other than straight into mine and the reader's face.

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My condition is not unhappiness, but it is also not happiness, not indifference, not weakness, not fatigue, not another interest � so what is it then?

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Forget everything. Open the windows. Clear the room. The wind blows through it. You see only its emptiness, you search in every corner and don�t find yourself.

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Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only superficially) and is ready to release what lies deeper. When I am willfully alone, a slight ordering of my interior begins to take place and I need nothing more.

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My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do not see the word at all, I invent it.

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Should I be grateful or should I curse the fact that despite all misfortune I can still feel love, an unearthly love but still for earthly objects.

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This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.

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Franz Kafka

 

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