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Franz Kafka Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Franz Kafka
  1. #1
    “Forgive me, all of you,” the starvation artist whispered.
  2. #2
    “He was prepared to joke with them, to tell them stories from his journeyman years, and in turn to listen to their stories, anything just so as to keep them awake, to be able to show them again and again that he had nothing edible in the cage, and that he starved in a way that not one of them could.”
  3. #3
    ″[…] he felt no limits to his ability to starve.”
  4. #4
    “Experience had proven that for about forty days, through gradually intensified publicity, you could go on stimulating a city’s interest, but beyond that time there was no audience.”
  5. #5
    “No one had any reason to be dissatisfied with what he had seen – no one, that is, except for the starvation artist, he alone, always.”
  6. #6
    ″[…] the starvation artist did not lose sight of reality and accepted it as perfectly natural that he, with his cage, should not be placed as, let us say, a showstopper in the center ring but installed outside at a quite easily accessible spot, close to the animal sheds.”
  1. #7
    “Who knew where they would tuck him away if he tried to make them aware of his existence, and therefore also of the fact that, strictly speaking, he has nothing more than an obstacle on the way to the animal sheds.”
  2. #8
    “Into the cage they put a young panther […] he did not even seem to miss his freedom; this noble body, equipped just short of bursting with everything it needed, seemed to carry its freedom around with it.”
  3. #9
    “Try to explain the art of starving to someone! Those who have no feel for it can never be made to understand.”
  4. #10
    “Why did the crowd, which pretended to admire him so much, have so little patience with him?”
  5. #11
    “And so he lived […] in apparent glory, honored by the world, but for all that usually in a melancholy mood, which grew increasingly so because no one was able to take it seriously.”
  6. #12
    “No one, not even the starvation artist himself knew how great his achievement really was, and his heart grew heavy.”

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  1. #13
    “There were also permanent watchmen, chosen by the public – oddly enough, usually butchers – whose job it was, always three at a time, to watch the starvation artist day and night.”
  2. #14
    ″[…] the starvation artist might respond with an outbreak of rage and, to everyone’s horror, begin to rattle the bars of his cage like an animal.”
  3. #15
    “For he alone, and no other initiate, knew how easy it was to starve. It was the easiest thing in the world. He did not keep this fact a secret, but no one believed him.”
  4. #16
    “I could not find the food I liked. If I had found it, believe me, I would not have caused a sensation, and I would have stuffed myself just like you and all the others.”
  5. #17
    “Sometimes during the hours of the watch, overcoming his weakness, he sang for as long as he could so as to show these people how unjust their suspicions were […] they were merely amazed at his dexterity in managing to eat even while singing.”
  6. #18
    “The prospect of those visiting hours, for which the starvation artist naturally yearned, since they were the meaning of his life, also made him shudder.”
  7. #19
    “Then again, he shrank completely into himself once more, concerned with no one.”
  8. #20
    “Only he could also be the perfectly assured spectator of his fast.”
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