You have to hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world: this is something you are free to do and is in accord with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid. - Franz Kafka (Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings Quotes)

You have to hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world: this is something you are free to do and is in accord with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid.[Du kannst dich zurückhalten von den Leiden der Welt, das ist dir freigestellt und entspricht deiner Natur, aber vielleicht ist gerade dieses Zurückhalten das einzige Leid, das du vermeiden könntest.]

Source:Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings (Schocken Books, ed. 1954), Chapter 2. Reflections on Sin, Suffering, Hope, and the True Way, Aphorisms 103, Page 47
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