A selection of quotes by Franz Kafka:
The meaning of life is that it stops.
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
Theoretically there is a perfect possibility of happiness: believing in the indestructible element in oneself and not striving towards 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.
A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself.
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.
Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
It's often safer to be in chains than to be free.
You are free and that is why you are lost.
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.
Religions get lost as people do.
In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world.
Writers speak a stench.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.