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Franz Kafka on Writing

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“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.”
“I wanted to escape the unrest, to shut out the voices around me and within me, so I write.”
“Writing is a deeper sleep than death. Just as one wouldn't pull a corpse from its grave, I can't be dragged from my desk at night.”
“Each of us has his own way of emerging from the underworld, mine is by writing. That's why the only way I can keep going, if at all, is by writing, not through rest and sleep. I am far more likely to achieve peace of mind through writing than the capacity to write through peace.”
“I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
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