Quotes of the Day for 3 July 2012 – Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka was born at Prague, Bohemia on this day in 1883. His middle-class Jewish family was part of the German-speaking minority, his father was a successful shopkeeper. Kafka did well in the German high school at Prague and went on to get a law degree in 1907 which allowed him a comfortable income in the insurance business. He contracted tuberculosis in 1917, retired in 1922, and died in a sanitarium in 1924. None of his novels and few of his stories were published before his death, and his will specified that all his writing should be destroyed when he died. Because those instructions were ignored, he became one of the most important writers of the century.
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Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.
I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
Paths are made by walking.
They say ignorance is bliss.... They're wrong.
All from Franz Kafka, 1883 - 1924
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