30+ quotes from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Quotes from The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka ·  201 pages

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“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“He thought back on his family with deep emotion and love. His conviction that he would have to disappear was, if possible, even firmer than his sister's. He remained in this state of empty and peaceful reflection until the tower clock struck three in the morning. He still saw that outside the window everything was beginning to grow light. Then, without his consent, his head sank down to the floor, and from his nostrils streamed his last weak breath.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense",”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“What's happened to me,' he thought. It was no dream.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“The sister played so beautifully. Her face was tilted to one side and she followed the notes with soulful and probing eyes. Gregor advanced a little, keeping his eyes low so that they might possibly meet hers. Was he a beast if music could move him so?”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“What a fate: to be condemned to work for a firm where the slightest negligence at once gave rise to the gravest suspicion! Were all the employees nothing but a bunch of scoundrels, was there not among them one single loyal devoted man who, had he wasted only an hour or so of the firm's time in the morning, was so tormented by conscience as to be driven out of his mind and actually incapable of leaving his bed?”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“the blend of absurd, surreal and mundane which gave rise to the adjective "kafkaesque”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“Calm —indeed the calmest— reflection might be better than the most confused decisions”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“But Gregor understood easily that it was not only consideration for him which prevented their moving, for he could easily have been transported in a suitable crate with a few air holes; what mainly prevented the family from moving was their complete hopelessness and the thought that they had been struck by a misfortune as none of their relatives and acquaintances had ever been hit.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous bug…”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“I only fear danger where I want to fear it.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“If I didn't have my parents to think about I'd have given in my notice a long time ago, I'd have gone up to the boss and told him just what I think, tell him everything I would, let him know just what I feel. He'd fall right off his desk! And it's a funny sort of business to be sitting up there at your desk, talking down at your subordinates from up there, especially when you have to go right up close because the boss is hard of hearing.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“إننا نحتاج إلى تلك الكتب التي تنزل علينا كالصاعقة التي تؤلمنا، كموت من نحبه أكثر مما نحب أنفسنا، التي تجعلنا نشعر وكأننا قد طردنا إلى الغابات بعيدًا عن الناس " .
كافكا كان يكتب ليعري الإنسانية ، لتتجلي في أبشع صورها الحقيقة .”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“انه النسيان الالف للحلم الذي ترائي الف مره , و تم نسيانه الف مره”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“If they were shocked, then Gregor had no further responsibility and could be calm. But if they took everything calmly, he he, too, had no reason to get excited and could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight o'clock.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“However, Gregor had become much calmer. All right, people did not understand his words any more, although they seemed clear enough to him, clearer than previously, perhaps because had gotten used to them”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“فان فكره من الافكار لا يمكن ان تنقرض مهما كانت متطفله ,ما دامت قد وجدت ذات مره ,او انها لا يمكنها علي الاقل ان تنقرض دون صراع رهيب ,و دون ان تتمكن من تحقيق لنفسها دفاعا فعلا ينجح في ان يثبت طويلا”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“Then his head sank to the floor of its own accord and from his nostrils came the last faint flicker of his breath.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“He had always believed that his father had not been able to save a penny from the business, at least his father had never told him anything to the contrary, and Gregor, for his part, had never asked him any questions. In those days Gregor's sole concern had been to do everything in his power to make the family forget as quickly as possible the business disaster which had plunged everyone into a state of total despair. And so he had begun to work with special ardor and had risen almost overnight from stock clerk to traveling salesman, which of course had opened up very different money-making possibilities, and in no time his successes on the job were transformed, by means of commissions, into hard cash that could be plunked down on the table at home in front of his astonished and delighted family. Those had been the wonderful times, and they had never returned, at least not with the same glory, although later on Gregor earned enough money to meet the expenses of the entire family and actually did so. They had just gotten used to it, the family as well as Gregor, the money was received with thanks and given with pleasure, but no special feeling of warmth went with it any more. ”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“Gregor’s serious wound, from which he suffered for over a month - the apple remained imbedded in his flesh as a visible souvenir since no one dared to remove it - seemed to have reminded even his father that Gregor was a member of the family, in spite of his present pathetic and repulsive shape, who could not be treated as an enemy; that, on the contrary, it was the commandment of the family duty to swallow their disgust and endure him, endure him and nothing more.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“He slid back again into his earlier position. "This getting up early," he thought, "makes a man quite idiotic. A man must have his sleep. Other travelling salesmen live like harem women. For instance, when I come back to the inn during the course of the morning to write up the necessary orders, these gentlemen are just sitting down to breakfast. If I were to try that with my boss, I'd be thrown out on the spot. Still, who knows whether that mightn't be really good for me? If I didn't hold back for my parents' sake, I'd have quit ages ago. I would've gone to the boss and told him just what I think from the bottom of my heart. He would've fallen right off his desk! How weird it is to sit up at that desk and talk down to the employee from way up there. The boss has trouble hearing, so the employee has to step up quite close to him. Anyway, I haven't completely given up that hope yet. Once I've got together the money to pay off my parents' debt to him—that should take another five or six years—I'll do it for sure. Then I'll make the big break. In any case, right now I have to get up. My train leaves at five o'clock”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“و لا شك ان ابائنا الاولين عندما اخطأوا , لم يكونوا قد توهموا علي الاغلب ادني وهم بان خطائهم ذاك كان خطأ لا نهايه له . فلقد كان ما يزال في وسعهم ان يروا بالفعل مفترق الطرق . و لقد كان سهلا ظان يتراجعوا متي شاؤوا ذلك . فأذ كانوا ترددوا في التراجع . فلقد كان ذلك فقط لأنهم رغبوا في ان يتمتعوا بحياه الكلاب لفتره قصيره اخري .ان حياتهم لم تكن بعد قد اصبحت حياه الكلب الحقيقيه . الا انها بدت في اعينهم وقتها حياه جميله جميله ساحره الصوره فماذا يمكنها ان تكون غير ذلك
انهم لم يدركوا ما الذي يسعنا ان نظنه الان متاملين مجري التاريخ ...بان ذلك التغير قد بدأ في الروح قبل ان يبتدي في وجوده الملموس”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


“But perhaps the enthusiastic sensibility of young women of her age also played a role. This feeling sought release at every opportunity, and with it Grete now felt tempted to want to make Gregor's situation even more terrifying, so that then she would be able to do even more for him than now.”
― Franz Kafka, quote from The Metamorphosis


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Franz Kafka
Born place: in Prague, Austria-Hungary
Born date July 3, 1883
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