The Trial

by Franz Kafka
Austria
3 Jul 1883 // 3 Jun 1924
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It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.

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I see, these books are probably law books, and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance.

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The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other.

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Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live.

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