I. Anyone intending to embark on a major work should be lenient with himself and, having completed a stint, deny himself nothing that will not prejudice the next.
Even if Kafka did not pray — and this we do not know — he still possessed in the highest degree what Malebranche called ‘the natural prayer of the soul:’ attentiveness. And in this attentiveness he included all living creatures, as saints include them in their prayers.
I’d like to write something that comes from things the way wine comes from grapes.
All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation. Walter Benjamin