Franz Kafka

This little woman, then, is very ill-pleased with me, she always finds something objectionable in me, I am always doing the wrong thing to her. I annoy her at every step; if a life could be cut into the smallest of small pieces and every scrap of it could be seperately assessed, every scrap of my life would certainly be an offense to her.

from A Little Woman.

Whatever they need, they take. You cannot call it taking it by force. They grab at something and you simply stand aside and leave them to it.

from An Old Manuscript.

"No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."

from Before the Law.