One has either to take people as they are, or leave them as they are. One cannot change them, one can merely disturb their balance. A human being, after all, is not made up of single pieces, from which a single piece can be taken out and replaced by something else.

— Franz Kafka

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Knowledge must seep into your blood, into your self, not just into your head, you must live it.

— Franz Kafka

Anyone who has no feeling for it cannot be made to understand it.

— Franz Kafka

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It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves.

— Franz Kafka

To fight against this lack of understanding, against a whole world of non-understanding, was impossible.

— Franz Kafka

It will strike if you let it. It will strike if you understand and accept that it may come from the most unexpected of places.

— Franz Kafka

He was weak the way noble, beautiful people are.

— Milena Jesenská; about Franz Kafka

Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.

— Franz Kafka

People talk loud and long, in order to say as little as possible. The really true and interesting things are the intrigues in the background, about which not a word is mentioned.

— Franz Kafka

October 19: The inner world can only be experienced, not described.

— Franz Kafka