Holding back from suffering

Kafka
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“You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is somthing you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.”

[Franz Kafka, “Betrachtungen über Sünde, Leid, Hoffnung und den wahren Weg” Excerpt from “Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer” (written 1917/18, published 1931)]

 

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