A writer’s solitude: Kafka’s words

The following paragraph was quoted in Susan Cain’s recently published book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

You once said that you would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen, in that
case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing oneself to excess;
that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when
involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which,
therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind… That is
why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be
enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.

—Franz Kafka (1883–1924)

Photo of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingQuiet is a wonderful and reassuring book for those of us who are happiest when we have plenty of time for reading, writing, and reflection. Cain presents the latest research in the fields of neurobiology and psychology as she discusses why the ways in which  introverts think and work are just as essential to modern society as the heavily-promoted outgoing, action-based styles of extroverts.

This book will give people confidence to choose a career that will help them achieve their potential and find happiness and fulfillment. Other readers may re-evaluate their choices and make life-changing decisions.

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