The Metamorphosis Quotes

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I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.

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As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

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Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light.

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He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone.

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What's happened to me,' he thought. It was no dream.

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How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense",

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Calm —indeed the calmest— reflection might be better than the most confused decisions

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I only fear danger where I want to fear it.

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One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous bug…

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The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred.

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If they were shocked, then Gregor had no further responsibility and could be calm. But if they took everything calmly, he he, too, had no reason to get excited and could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight o'clock.

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His growing lack of concern for the others hardly surprised him, whereas previously he had prided himself on being considerate.

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His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked.

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A picture of my existence... would show a useless wooden stake covered in snow... stuck loosely at a slant in the ground in a ploughed field on the edge of a vast open plain on a dark winter night.

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Then his head sank to the floor of its own accord and from his nostrils came the last faint flicker of his breath.

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However, Gregor had become much calmer. All right, people did not understand his words any more, although they seemed clear enough to him, clearer than previously, perhaps because had gotten used to them

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We can't carry on like this. Maybe you can't see it, but I can. I don't want to call this monster my brother, all I can say is: we have to try and get rid of it.

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He remembered his family with deep feelings of love.

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For now he must lie low and try, through patience and the greatest consideration, to help his family bear the inconvenience he was bound to cause them in his present condition.

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Was he an animal if music could captivate him so? It seemed to him that he was being shown the way to the unknown nourishment he had been yearning for.

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It was half past six and the hands were quietly moving forwards.

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I hope it is nothing serious. On the other hand, I must also say that we business people, luckily or unluckily, however one looks at it, very often simply have to overcome a slight indisposition for business reasons.

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But what now if all the peace, the comfort, the contentment were to come to a horrible end?

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Was he an animal if music could captivate him so?

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He had indeed been so close to forgetting that only the voice of the mother, so long unheard, brought him to his senses.

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calm consideration was much better than rushing to desperate conclusions.

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The door could not be heard closing; they must have left it open as is usual in houses visited by great misfortune.

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Now, quite apart from the fact that the doors were locked, should he really call out for help? In spite of all his distress, he was unable to suppress a smile at this idea.

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Gregor converted his success at work straight into cash that he could lay on the table at home for the benefit of his astonished and delighted family.

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And for a little while he lay still, breathing lightly as if he expected total repose would restore everything to its normal and unquestionable state.

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way--as her hands reached to the back of his father's head and she begged him to spare Gregor's life.

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Why was Gregor the only one condemned to work in a firm where, at the slightest lapse, someone immediately attracted the greatest suspicion?

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Was he a beast if music could move him so?

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