Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Learn to be Quiet

Franz Kafka

You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait,
just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.


  1. I'm still learning how to sit and be quiet.

  2. Do they have a course on this subject, I need one.

  3. I have never read this Kafka quote. I LOVE Kafka. One of my favorite quotes is this: “...the books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of a person we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation--a book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.” (I like books. Intense books.)

  4. I really liked this - thank you for posting it!

  5. Love the quote...I hope to make that level of quiet at least once before moving on the the next plane!

  6. this is a challenge for me every day...but I am working on it. Lovely image to accompany this timeless quote.

  7. pretty deep.