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  • #1
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Thus my life is a flight and I lose everything and everything belongs to oblivion, or to him.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #2
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “The art of writing is mysterious, the opinions we hold are ephemeral....”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #3
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “A writer, or any man, must believe that whatever happens to him is an instrument; everything has been given for an end. This is even stronger in the case of the artist. Everything that happens, including humiliations, embarrassments, misfortunes, all has been given like clay, like material for one's art. One must accept it. ”
    Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Как ще повярват невярващите какви чудеса може да стори вярата?
    Те забравят, че душата на човека става всемогъща, когато бъде овладяна от една велика идея. Обхваща те страх, когато след горчив опит разбереш, че вътре в нас съществува една сила, която може да надвиши силите на човека; обхваща те страх, защото от онзи миг, в който разбереш, че тази сила съществува, вече не можеш да намериш оправдание за дребнавите си или малодушни постъпки, за пропиления си живот, за който хвърляш вината на другите; знаеш вече, че ти, не съдбата, не орисията, нито хората около теб, ти единствен носиш цялата отговорност, каквото и да правиш, какъвто и да станеш.
    И тогава се срамуваш да се смееш, срамуваш се да се присмиваш, ако някоя пламенна душа се стреми към невъзможното.
    И ти съзнаваш вече съвсем ясно, че ценността на човека се състои в това: да търси и да знае, че търси невъзможното; и да бъде убеден, че ще го постигне, защото знае, че ако не прояви малодушие, ако не послуша това, което му нашепва разумът, а стиска зъби и продължава да преследва невъзможното убедено, упорито, тогава става чудото, което безкрилият ум никога не би могъл да проумее: невъзможното става възможно.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #6
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #7
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “You can knock on a deaf man's door forever.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

  • #8
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “I said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

  • #9
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “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

  • #10
    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

  • #11
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “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

  • #12
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “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

  • #13
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Throughout my life my greatest benefactors have been my travels and my dreams. Very few men, living or dead, have helped me in my struggles.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #14
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #15
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Man is able, and has the duty, to reach the furthest point on the road he has chosen. Only by means of hope can we attain what is beyond hope.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

  • #16
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis
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  • #17
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Reach what you cannot”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

  • #18
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “When I encounter a sunrise, a painting, a woman, or an idea that makes my heart bound like a young calf, then I know I am standing in front of happiness.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #19
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #20
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Life's true face is the skull.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #21
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #22
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #23
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “He dejado de acordarme de lo que ayer ocurrió y de preguntarme qué ocurrirá mañana. Lo que ocurre hoy, en el minuto presente, es lo que me interesa. Yo digo: ¿Qué haces Zorba en este momento? Duermo. ¡Pues, entonces, duérmete bien! ¿Qué haces en este momento, Zorba? Trabajo. ¡Pues entonces, trabaja bien! ¿Y ahora qué haces, Zorba? Estoy besando a una mujer. ¡Pues entonces, bésala bien, Zorba, olvídate de todo, que en el mundo sólo existís ella y tú, hala!”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

  • #24
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “- Защо! Защо! - изрече пренебрежително. - Не може ли най - сетне човек да направи нещо и без защо? Ей тъй, за кеф.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  • #25
    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

  • #26
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

  • #27
    Carlos Castañeda
    “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
    Carlos Castaneda

  • #28
    Carlos Castañeda
    “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”
    Carlos Castaneda

  • #29
    Carlos Castañeda
    “Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.”
    Carlos Castaneda, Fire from Within

  • #30
    Peter De Vries
    “Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.”
    Peter De Vries, Reuben, Reuben



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