We started reading Czech author Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in English last week and I am still trying to understand what I am supposed to make of this book. On its surface it’s quite simple – if one allows for all suspension of disbelief – a salesman goes to sleep a normal human being and wakes up a bug and seriously what kind of life did Kafka live to have such a wild imagination. I realize we are dealing with deeper issues like an existential crisis – but still what an imagination. I decided to find interesting quotes by Kafka for this week’s Sunday Seven.
- A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
- In man’s struggle against the world, bet on the world.
- Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.
- I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.
- They say ignorance is bliss….they’re wrong.
- God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
- Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
And my favorite:
- How about I sleep a little longer and forget all this nonsense.