Sleepers Awake

As someone said to me—I can’t remember now who it was—it is really remarkable that when you wake up in the morning you nearly always find awakeeverything in exactly the same place as the evening before. For when asleep and dreaming you are, apparently at least, in an essentially different state from that of wakefulness; and therefore, as that man truly said, it requires enormous presence of mind or rather quickness of wit, when opening your eyes to seize hold as it were of everything in the room at exactly the same place where you had let it go on the previous evening. That was why, he said, the moment of waking up was the riskiest moment of the day. Once that was well over without deflecting you from your orbit, you could take heart of grace for the rest of the day.

—Franz Kafka

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2 Responses to “Sleepers Awake”


  1. 1 sally July 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Is there enough time to read a bunch of Vidal and a bunch of Kafka and still work at writing the third all -American-novel that no one will ever read.. Choices, choices! xoxox

  2. 2 bluenred August 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Best choice is to sing your own song. My view.


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