Franz Kafka Biography and Quotes

Birthday: July 3rd, 1883
Commemoration: June 3rd, 1924
Nationality: German


Years Old

Famously known for

Franz is popularly known for his contributions to the world of literature. He is deemed to be one of the fascinating authors that ever-existed. His works revolved around realism and fantasy. 

Early Life

The fascinating author was born in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His father was Hermann Kafka, and a fourth child of Jakob Kafka. In 1889, Kafka joined a German boys’ elementary school, the Deutsche Knabenschule. Upon leaving the elementary school, Kafka entered Altstädter Deutsches Gymnasium, a secondary school within the Kinský Palace. 

German language was commonly used in the school, but the author knew and could speak in Czech, as well. He studied in secondary school for eight years and passed with flying colors. In 1901, the talented author joined Deutsche Karl-Ferdinands-Universität of Prague to pursue his degree in chemistry. However, the chemistry wasn’t his thing as he switched to doing law within two weeks he was in college. 

Personal Life

Despite his success in the writing career, Kafka wasn’t lucky when it came to relationships. According to his biographer, the popular author never married in his entire life. According to those close to him, Kafka was always tortured by sexual desires and spent most of his time in brothels and watching erotic films. 


In 1907, Kafka started working at an insurance company, the Assicurazioni Generali. He served in the company for almost a year. The author then joined the Worker’s Accident Insurance Institute, where he was tasked with researching and following up on personal injury cases. He loved the job, he would say that often. The cases involved situations such as lost fingers or limbs. 


In 1924, the author’s tuberculosis became worsened, and what saw him die on June 3rd of the same year.

Quotes by Franz Kafka