Franz Kafka


Martin Kippenberger - 'The Happy End of Franz Kafka's Amerika'.
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"Wherever I turn, the black wave rushes down on me."
— Franz Kafka, from Diaries 
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in a parallel universe…
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"But when I want to draw close to someone, and fully commit myself, then my misery is assured. Then I am nothing, and what can I do with nothingness? I must admit that your letter this morning (by the afternoon it had changed) arrived at just the right moment; I was in need of those very words."
— Franz Kafka, Letters to Felice‎
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"I can’t think of anything to write about, I’m just walking around here between the lines, under the light of your eyes, in the breadth of your mouth as in a beautiful happy day, which remains beautiful and happy, even when the head is sick and tired."
— Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
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"As happiness recedes into dreams, the passion ended where it began: in sleepness."
— Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
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"If something good has lost its way into you, it will make its escape overnight. I know you."
— Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka
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"Utter despair, impossible to pull myself together; only when I have become satisfied with my sufferings can I stop."
— Franz Kafka, from Diaries  
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"If I could drown in sleep as I drown in fear I would be no longer alive."
— Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
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