Kafkaesque Quotes

7 Quotes by Kafka for Winning at Work and Life

Abhishek Verma
8 min readApr 18, 2020


Franz Kafka, the creator of the bizarre, writing at the confluence of reality and imagination. His imagination superseded the bounds of reality to put us into situations you would never imagine. His works are still revered as a must-read for book aficionados. He has got his own word in the Oxford dictionary, Kafkaesque. His achievements cross the barrier of time and space, much like his own writing that the superseded the meaning of existence for the protagonist of his own novels. Well, you would never want to wake in a big bug someday right!

People die, their words don’t.

So, let’s explore some pearls of wisdom dropped by this nonconformist novelist.

What are we if not rigid with our beliefs, our thoughts and our own being because it took so much time to build them, right? But, rather razing them, you can raise them, on a deeper level. We like being constant, despite knowing that change is the only constant.

Books are the gateway to a better and brilliant YOU. Through books will trickle down little pearlesque chunks of knowledge that will chisel your brain into a beautiful sculpture.

Anything that shatter the present fabric of knowledge inside you, makes you stronger. When you read ideas that go against what you have thought until now, you are forced to re-evaluate yourself, your ideas, your values, your morals and your very existence. This strengthens your belief system or betters it. It will be a great boost to your confidence. The more knowledge you have, the more confident you are to achieve success. It’s a win-win situation for you.

If you are not reading, then you are frozen mentally, books will thaw this frozen state of yours and send you Godspeed to the heights of what you can be.

Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.

Did I read that right? 😕