A puzzling misascription*

‘Wege enstehen dadurch, dass wir sie gehen.’ (Paths are made by walking them.)

This statement has been frequently attributed to Franz Kafka. Google it and you’ll see what I mean. Yet nowhere can I find its source in one of his own writings. I’d love to know just how such misconceptions come to be. Not that it’s likely to trigger an #amazonfail tsunami of viral outrage, of course.

*Misascription isn’t a word in any of my dictionaries, but I like it very much, and maybe I can start my own small ripple. Check back in a couple of years to see if Oxford adds it. (And yes, I do know that I could just as easily use misattribution, but then I wouldn’t have been able to write this post, would I?)

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