3 June : Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883–June 3, 1924)

Franz Kafka A Philosopher and German language writer, who got fame after his death. Reading even these snippets would leave you spellbound. His vision for life can be seen in all his writings. These are a drop in the sea as Kafka finished none of his full-length novels and burned around 90 percent of his work before he died today in 1924. Rest were ordered by Kafka, to be destroyed by his friend Max Brod, who nonetheless ignored his friend’s direction and published them after Kafka’s death.

“I need solitude for my writing; not ‘like a hermit’ – that wouldn’t be enough – but like a dead man.”

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Franz Kafka on love
What is love? After all, it is quite simple. Love is everything which enhances, widens, and enriches our life. In its heights and in its depths. Love has as few problems as a motor-car. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road.

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Few lines of Franz Kafka’s love letter
“I belong to you… But for this very reason I don’t want to know what you are wearing; it confuses me so much that I cannot deal with life.”

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Franz Kafka on patience
“Patience is the master key to every situation. One must have sympathy for everything, surrender to everything, but at the same time remain patient and forbearing.”

Kafka’s Letter to his Father 
Dearest Father,
You asked me recently why I maintain that I am afraid of you. As usual, I was unable to think of any answer to your question, partly for the very reason that I am afraid of you, and partly because an explanation of the grounds for this fear would mean going into far more details than I could even approximately keep in mind while talking. And if I now try to give you an answer in writing, it will still be very incomplete, because, even in writing, this fear and its consequences hamper me in relation to you and because the magnitude of the subject goes far beyond the scope of my memory and power of reasoning.

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First page of Franz Kafka’s letter to his father

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Franz Kafka on books
Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle.
Franz Kafka on what reading does to human soul
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But 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. That is my belief.

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Kafkaesque
Kafka's writing has inspired the term "Kafkaesque", used to describe concepts and situations reminiscent of his work, particularly Der Process (The Trial) and "Die Verwandlung" (The Metamorphosis).