A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

Franz Kafka

A German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer of Jewish descent, Franz Kafka often used his writing to explore themes such as alienation, isolation, and the struggle for identity in a world that can be confusing and oppressive. This quote is pulled from a letter Kafka wrote in 1904, expressing his own struggles with writing and sharing his belief that literature should have a transformative impact on its readers.