Nikos Kazantzakis

1883 - 1957

A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on people and place

Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on answers, earth, questions, stars, and trees

With the passage of days in this godly isolation [desert], my heart grew calm.  It seemed to fill with answers. I did not ask questions any more; I was certain.  Everything - where we came from, where we are going, what our purpose is on earth - struck me as extremely sure and simple in this God-trodden isolation.  Little by little my blood took on the godly rhythm.  Matins, Divine Liturgy, vespers, psalmodies, the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening, the constellations suspended like chandeliers each night over the monastery: all came and went, came and went in obedience to eternal laws, and drew the blood of man into the same placid rhythm.  I saw the world as a tree, a gigantic poplar, and myself as a green leaf clinging to a branch with my slender stalk.  When God's wind blew, I hopped and danced, together with the entire tree.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: The Wonders of Solitude

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on madness, cut the rope, and free kazantzakis

A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on mystery

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Within this arena, which grows more stable night after day, generations work and love and hope and vanish.  New generations tread on the corpses of their fathers, continue the work above the abyss and struggle to tame the dread mystery.  How?  By cultivating a single field, by kissing a woman, by studying a stone, an animal, an idea.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: Zorba the Greek

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on circle, light, mystery, and spirit

We have seen the highest circle of spiraling powers.  We have named this circle God.  We might have given it any other name we wished: Abyss, Mystery, Absolute Darkness, Absolute Light, Matter, Spirit, Ultimate Hope, Ultimate Despair, Silence.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: The Rock Garden: A Novel

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on body, landscape, music, nature, place, and soul

The landscape affects the human psyche - the soul, the body and the innermost contemplations - like music. Every time you feel nature deeper you resonate better with her, finding new elements of balance and freedom...

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: Traveling: O Morias

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on reality and change

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes that see reality.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis

I expect nothing.  I fear nothing.  I am free.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on god

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God changes appearances every second. Blessed is the man who can recognize him in all his disguises. One moment he is a glass of fresh water, the next, your son bouncing on your knees or an enchanting woman, or perhaps merely a morning walk.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on madness and freedom

You have everything but one thing: madness.  A man needs a little madness or else - he never dares cut the rope and be free.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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