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enthymesis · 2 days ago
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Franz Kafka, from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
Text ID: January 14. Dim, weak, impatient.
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philosophybits · a year ago
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The man in ecstasy and the man drowning — both throw up their arms.
Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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philosophyquotes · 8 months ago
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October 19. The inner world can only be experienced, not described.
Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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philosophybitmaps · 5 months ago
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“Evil is whatever distracts.” – Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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watchoutforintellect · 2 years ago
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The main thing, when a sword cuts into one's soul, is to keep a calm gaze, lose no blood, accept the coldness of the sword with the coldness of a stone. By means of the stab, after the stab, become invulnerable.
Franz Kafka, from a diary entry, featured in The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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adrasteiax · 3 years ago
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The main thing, when a sword cuts into one’s soul, is to keep a calm gaze, lose no blood, accept the coldness of the sword with the coldness of a stone. By means of the stab, after the stab, become invulnerable.
Franz Kafka, from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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virgin-martyr · 3 years ago
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A belief like a guillotine–as heavy, as light.
Franz Kafka, excerpt from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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honeyfleshing · 3 years ago
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"I feel too tightly constricted in everything that signifies Myself: even the eternity that I am is too tight."
– Franz Kafka, from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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Looking on oneself as something alien, forgetting the sight, remembering the gaze.
Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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thought-pudding · a year ago
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“There was once a community of scoundrels. That is to say, they were not scoundrels but ordinary people”.
- Kafka
The Blue Octavo Notebooks (1954)
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philosophybits · a year ago
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The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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metamorphesque · 11 months ago
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philosophybitmaps · 11 months ago
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“Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.” – Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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korean-langblr · 4 years ago
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2017.06.19
This is my reading material for the month of July. I bought them when amazon prime had its big sale. If you bought more than $15 dollars worth of books you got $5 dollars off. 
I got a late start, but I plan to annotate and analyze all of them. I already read Franny and Zooey, but it was just so good I had to buy it for myself. 
I am sooo behind the wave when it comes to The Catcher in the Rye, but I’ve been meaning to read it for a while so I bought it too. 
The last book I bought is The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka. I read Metamorphosis in high school (like everyone else) and fell in love with Kafka. I’ve also been meaning to buy this for a while!
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adrasteiax · 3 years ago
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(...) I myself have torn myself to shreds.
Franz Kafka, from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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virgin-martyr · 3 years ago
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We were expelled from Paradise, but it was not destroyed. The expulsion from Paradise was in one sense a piece of good fortune, for if we had not been expelled, Paradise would have had to be destroyed.
Franz Kafka, excerpt from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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honeyfleshing · 3 years ago
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"The main thing, when a sword cuts into one's soul, is to keep a calm gaze, lose no blood, accept the coldness of the sword with the coldness of a stone. By means of the stab, after the stab, become invulnerable."
– Franz Kafka, from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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arbitraryabyss · 8 months ago
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"One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die."
- Franz Kafka, Blue Octavo Notebooks
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watchoutforintellect · 4 years ago
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February 4th. Lying for a long time, sleeplessness, becoming conscious of the struggle.
Franz Kafka, from The Blue Octavo Notebooks
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