Keep the keyhole clean — my wishes to you in Franz Kafka’s penetrating words


These days, as the new academic year begins, please allow me to wish you – drawing on Franz Kafka’s penetrating and subtle words – to keep the keyhole clean, to perceive your intellectual journey more than one can see and then to make the invisible visible to others.

Life is as infinitely great and profound as the immensity of the stars above us. One can only look at it through the narrow keyhole of one’s own personal experience. But through it one perceives more than one can see. So above all one must keep the keyhole clean.
— Franz Kafka

Janouch, Gustav. 1971.  Conversations with Kafka. New Directions Publishing. (p. 191)

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