“A Book Must Be The Axe For The Frozen Sea Inside Us”… -Franz Kafka

20 Jan
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.

If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?

…we need the books that affect us like a disaster,

that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves,

like being banished into forests far from everyone,

like a suicide.

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

-Franz Kafka

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4 Responses to ““A Book Must Be The Axe For The Frozen Sea Inside Us”… -Franz Kafka”

  1. theotherwatson January 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM #

    Fantastic quote, I love it! Says a lot about some of Kafka’s writing, too….

    • MYSOULSONICE January 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

      Thanks for your response.

      I really agree with Kafka here.
      We need books to cause a revolution in our lives, to inspire us and to teach us- to wake us up from our sleep.
      Those are the ones you remember and keep re-reading.

      In essence, those revolutionary, inspirational and educational books become a part of our psyche, our ethos and our way of seeing life.

  2. Loren November 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM #

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    • MYSOULSONICE... December 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Kindest Regards.

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