"An innocent child, yes, that you were, truly, but still more truly have you been a devilish human being !".
The Judgment. Father speaking to son.
Kafka was Two-year old. Almost thirty years later Kafka sent this picture to his fiancée, Felice Bauer, with the comment:
"I enclose picture of myself when I was perhaps five years old. At that time, that angry face was just for fun, but now I think of it as the secret truth... I probably wasn't really five in this photograph more like Two-but you, as someone who likes children, would be a better judge of that than I. When there are children around I prefer to keep my eyes shut."
Franz Kafka as a boy.
“A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.”
"I have often thought that the best mode of life for me would be to sit in the innermost room of a spacious locked cellar with my writing things and a lamp.... And how I would write! From what depths I would drag it up!
Without effort! For extreme concentration known no effort. The trouble is that I might not be able to keep it up for long, and at the first failure... would be bound to end in a grandiose fit of madness."Kafka in front of the Oppelt House,
the apartment building where his
family lived. Prague, the Altstadter Ring (Old Town Square), around the time that Kafka was working on The Castle 1922
Bronze statue of writer Franz Kafka (Prague)