Nikos Kazantzakis

1883 - 1957

A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on happiness, heart, simplicity, and wine

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 (1883 - 1957)

Source: Zorba the Greek, 1946, ch. 7

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on heart, joy, mind, paradise, and seasons

To cleave that sea [the Aegean] in the gentle autumnal season, murmuring the name of each islet, is to my mind the joy most apt to transport the heart of man into paradise.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: Zorba the Greek, 1946, ch. 2

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on fear

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I expect nothing. I fear no one. I am free.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on madness and needs

A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on colors and paradise

You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on students and teachers

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 bridges of their own.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on animals, meaning, men, understanding, and world

Everything in the world has a hidden meaning. . . . Men, animals, trees, stars, they are all hieroglyphics. When you see them you do not understand them. You think they are really men, animals, trees, stars. It is only years later that you understand.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on thought and trust

As I watched the seagulls, I thought: "That's the road to take; find the absolute rhythm and follow it with absolute trust."

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: Zorba the Greek, 1946, ch. 21

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on despair, goodness, heroism, knowledge, sacred, victory, and virtue

The highest point a man can obtain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: Zorba the Greek, 1946, ch. 24

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