I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it. — Franz Kafka, Dearest Father: Stories And Other Writings. Translation by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Schocken Books; 1st edition (1954)
Desire for a deeper sleep that dissolves more. The metaphysical urge is only the urge towards death. — Franz Kafka, The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1910-23. (Schocken, October 30, 1988)
\ Too late. The sweetness of sorrow and of love. To be smiled at by her in the boat. That was most beautiful of all. Always only the desire to die and the not-yet-yielding; this alone is love. — Franz Kafka, \ Too late. The sweetness of sorrow and of love. To be smiled at… Continue reading Franz Kafka
There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe … but not for us. — Franz Kafka, Franz Kafka: A Biography (1937) by Max Brod, as translated by G. Humphreys Roberts and Richard Winston (1947; 1960)
I have now, and have had since this afternoon, a great yearning to write all of my anxiety entirely out of me. — Franz Kafka, The diaries of Franz Kafka 1910-1913. (Secker & Warburg 1948)
I can’t feel a thing; All mournful petal storms are dancing inside the very private spring of my head. — Franz Kafka, Letters To Milena. (Schocken; Rev Upd edition April 7, 1990)
There are possibilities for me, certainly, but under what stone do they lie? — Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka. (Schocken October 30, 1988) Originally published 1949.