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“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
own.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“God changes his appearance every second. Blessed is the man who can recognize him in all his disguises.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“If a woman sleeps alone it puts a shame on all men. God has a very big heart, but there is one sin He will not forgive. If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“A man needs a little madness, or else... he never dares cut the rope and be free.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“You can knock on a deaf man's door forever.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“I was happy, I knew that. While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“I said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco
“Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint the paradise, then in you go.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“Look, one day I had gone to a little village. An old grandfather of ninety was busy planting an almond tree. ‘What, grandfather!’ I exclaimed. ‘Planting an almond tree?’ And he, bent as he was, turned around and said: ‘My son, I carry on as if I should never die.’ I replied: ‘And I carry on as if I was going to die any minute.’

Which of us was right, boss?”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“When everything goes wrong, what a joy to test your soul and see if it has endurance and courage! An invisible and all-powerful enemy—some call him God, others the Devil, seem to rush upon us to destroy us; but we are not destroyed.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel-to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily according to their pleasure, until time passes them at last through its fine sieve, straining the quintessence out of all the joys and sorrows.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco
“Every man has his folly, but the greatest folly of all … is not to have one.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“قلت لشجرة اللوز:
حدثيني عن الله ,
فأزهرت شجرة اللوز”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Saint Francis
“For I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“the highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“All those who actually live the mysteries of life haven't the time to write, and all those who have the time don't live them! D'you see?”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“You will, Judas, my brother. God will give you the strength, as much as you lack, because it is necessary—it is necessary for me to be killed and for you to betray me. We two must save the world. Help me."

Judas bowed his head. After a moment he asked, "If you had to betray your master, would you do it?"

Jesus reflected for a long time. Finally he said, "No, I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to. That is why God pitied me and gave me the easier task: to be crucified.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ
“Reach what you cannot”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco
“Free yourself from one passion to be dominated by another and nobler one. But is not that, too, a form of slavery? To sacrifice oneself to an idea, to a race, to God? Or does it mean that the higher the model the longer the longer the tether of our slavery?”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
“We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
“عليك أن تموت كل يوم، و أن تولد كل يوم، وان ترفض ما عندك كل يوم
فالفضيلة الكبرى ليست في أن تكون حرا، و انما في ان تناضل من أجل الحرية
لا تتواضع و تتسائل "هل سننتصر؟ هن سنهزم؟" بل حارب
وفي كل لحظة من حياتك أجعل من مغامرة العالم مغامرتك”
Nikos Kazantzakis, The Saviors of God
“When an almond tree became covered with blossoms in the heart of winter, all the trees around it began to jeer. 'What vanity,' they screamed, 'what insolence! Just think, it believes it can bring spring in this way!' The flowers of the almond tree blushed for shame. 'Forgive me, my sisters,' said the tree. 'I swear I did not want to blossom, but suddenly I felt a warm springtime breeze in my heart.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Saint Francis

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