Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes & Wallpapers

Nikos Kazantzakis
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In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Nikos Kazantzakis

To think things out properly and fairly, a fellow's got to be calm and old and toothless: When you're an old gaffer with no teeth, it's easy to say: 'Damn it, boys, you mustn't bite!' But, when you've got all thirty-two teeth... Nikos Kazantzakis

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

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. Nikos Kazantzakis

There is no harsher means of punishment, than to answer malice with kindness. Nikos Kazantzakis

When everyone drowns and I'm the only one to escape, God is protecting me. When everyone else is saved and I'm the only one to drown, God is protecting me then too. Nikos Kazantzakis

We're going to start with small, easy things; then, little by little we shall try our hand at the big things. And after that, after we finish the big things, we shall undertake the impossible. Nikos Kazantzakis

I said to the almond tree: Speak to me of God. and the almond tree blossomed. Nikos Kazantzakis

Where are we going? Do not ask! Ascend, descend. There is no beginning and no end. Only this present moment exists, full of bitterness, full of sweetness, and I rejoice in it all. Nikos Kazantzakis

One power descends and wants to scatter, to come to a standstill, to die. The other power ascends and strives for freedom, for immortality. These two armies, the dark and the light, the armies of life and of death, collide eternally. Nikos Kazantzakis

Speak straight and clear! I only hear that manly prayer which like a huge fist breaks my head against the stones. Nikos Kazantzakis

To cleave that sea 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

We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life. Nikos Kazantzakis

Monarch of earth, I shall confess my secret craft: I've always fought to purify wild flame to light, and kindle whatever light I found to burst in flame. Nikos Kazantzakis

Everything in this world has a hidden meaning. Nikos Kazantzakis

Every man has his folly, but the greatest folly of all ... is not to have one. Nikos Kazantzakis

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

A woman's body is a dark and monstrous mystery; between her supple thighs a heavy whirlpool swirls, two rivers crash, and woe to him who slips and falls! Nikos Kazantzakis

Three kinds of souls, three prayers: 1) I am a bow in your hands, Lord. Draw me, lest I rot. 2) Do not overdraw me, Lord. I shall break. 3) Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break. Nikos Kazantzakis

Life's true face is the skull. Nikos Kazantzakis

The truth is that we all are one, that all of us together create god, that god is not man's ancestor, but his descendant. Nikos Kazantzakis

The sole way to save oneself is to save others. Or to struggle to save others -even that is sufficient. Nikos Kazantzakis

Every village has its simpleton, and if one does not exist they invent one to pass the time. 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

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

I say one thing, you write another, and those who read you understand still something else! I say: cross, death, kingdom of heaven, God...and what do you understand? Each of you attaches his own suffering, interests and desires to each of these sacred words, and my words disappear, my soul is lost. I can't stand it any longer! Nikos Kazantzakis

Every obstacle in his journey became a milestone, an occasion for further triumph. We have a model in front of us now, a model who blazes our trail and gives us strength. Nikos Kazantzakis

Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels. Nikos Kazantzakis

Never acknowledge the limitations of man. Smash all boundaries! Deny whatever your eyes see. Die every moment, but say: Death does not exist. Nikos Kazantzakis

We do not only free God by battling and subduing the visible world about us; we also create God. Open your eyes, God shouts; I want to see! Prick up your ears, I want to hear! March in the front ranks: you are my head! Nikos Kazantzakis

If you are a man of learning, fight in the skull, kill ideas and create new ones. God hides in every idea as in every cell of flesh. Smash the idea, set him free! Give him another, a more spacious idea in which to dwell. Nikos Kazantzakis

The rosy mountain peaks laughed like high lustrous thoughts, and Helen, speechless, raised her pale hands toward the sun and joyed to feel its warm rays falling on her frozen palms. Nikos Kazantzakis

Her green eyes fluttered swiftly twice or thrice, then glazed, her mouth gaped open, bleating, then her jaws hung loose and retched up all her soul in lumps of clotting blood. Nikos Kazantzakis

May he be cursed on earth who gives his trust to virtue, that bankrupt crone who takes our life's pure gold and gives but bad receipts for payment in the lower world. Ah, passers-by that stroll, travelers that come and go, all that I had, I placed on virtue, and lost the game! Nikos Kazantzakis

When shall I at last retire into solitude alone, without companions, without joy and without sorrow, with only the sacred certainty that all is a dream? When, in my rags-without desires-shall I retire contented into the mountains? When, seeing that my body is merely sickness and crime, age and death, shall I-free, fearless, and blissful-retire to the forest? When? When, oh when? Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Alas for him who seeks salvation in good only! Balanced on God's strong shoulders, Good and Evil flap together like two mighty wings and lift him high. Nikos Kazantzakis

Freedom was my first great desire. The second, which remains hidden within me to this day, tormenting me, was the desire for sanctity. Hero together with saint: such is mankind's supreme model. Nikos Kazantzakis

Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea. Nikos Kazantzakis

The more devils we have within us, the more chance we have to form angels. Nikos Kazantzakis

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality," says one of my favorite Byzantine mystics. I did this when a child; I do it now as well in the most creative moments of my life. Nikos Kazantzakis

As you walk, you cut open and create that riverbed into which the stream of your descendants shall enter and flow. Nikos Kazantzakis

What is truth? What is falsehood? Whatever gives wings to men, whatever produces great works and great souls and lifts up a man's height above the earth - that's true. Whatever clips off man's wings - that's false. Nikos Kazantzakis

What, then is our duty? It is to carefully distinguish the historic moment in which we live and to consciously assign our small energies to a specific battlefield. The more we are in phase with the current which leads the way, the more we aid man in his difficult, uncertain, danger-fraught ascent toward salvation. Nikos Kazantzakis

I've stopped thinking all the time of what happened yesterday. And stopped asking what's going to happen tomorrow. What's happening today, this minute, is what I care about. Nikos Kazantzakis

I collect my tools: sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, intellect. Night has fallen... Nikos Kazantzakis

By believing passionately in something that does not yet exist, we create it. Nikos Kazantzakis

All the political, social, and economic improvements, all the technical progress cannot have any regenerating significance, so long as our inner life remains as it is at present. The more the intelligence unveils and violates the secrets of Nature, the more the danger increases and the heart shrinks. Nikos Kazantzakis

Be sure to live up to your reputation for honesty and goodness, because many souls who believe you to be honest and good have placed themselves in your hands. Nikos Kazantzakis

Go as far as you can. Go further than you can! Nikos Kazantzakis

Lord, bend me, or I shall rot. Lord do not bend me too much, for I shall break. Lord bend me too much, who cares if I break! Nikos Kazantzakis

Behind all appearances, I divine a struggling essence. I want to merge with it. I feel that behind appearances this struggling essence is also striving to merge with my heart. But the body stands between us and separates us. The mind stands between us and separates us. Nikos Kazantzakis

I am a mariner of Odysseus with heart of fire but with mind ruthless and clear. Nikos Kazantzakis

Profound and incommensurable is the worth of this flowing world: God clings to it and ascends, God feeds upon it and increases. Nikos Kazantzakis

Death gestured with his hands and bade the king thrice welcome. Nikos Kazantzakis

While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it we do suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been. Nikos Kazantzakis

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

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

I said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed. Nikos Kazantzakis

My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry. Nikos Kazantzakis

Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble. 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

I know now: I do not hope for anything. I do not fear anything, I have freed myself from both the mind and the heart, I have mounted much higher, I am free . Nikos Kazantzakis

A magical portal opened inside my mind and conducted me into an astonishing world. ... Before this moment I had divined but had never known with such positiveness that the world is extremely large and that suffering and toil are the companions and fellow warriors not only of Cretan, but of every man. ... that by means of poetry all this suffering and effort could be transformed into dream; no matter how much of the ephemeral existed, poetry could immortalize it by turning it into song. Nikos Kazantzakis

Whoever climbed the Lord's mountain had to possess clean hands and an innocent heart; otherwise the Summit would kill him. Today the doorway is deserted. Soiled hands and sinful hearts are able to pass by without fear, for the Summit kills no longer. Nikos Kazantzakis

I said only one word, brought only one message: Love. Love - nothing else. Nikos Kazantzakis

Beauty always had a purpose: to be of service to life. Nikos Kazantzakis

As long as our souls remain strong, that is all that matters; as long as they don't decline. Because with the fall of certain souls in this world, the world itself will collapse. These are the pillars which support it. They are few, but enough. Nikos Kazantzakis

What is love? It is not simply compassion, not simply kindness. In compassion there are two: the one who suffers and the one who feels compassion. In kindness there are two: the one who gives and the one who receives. But in love there is only one; the two join, unite, become inseparable. The I and the you vanish. To love means to lose oneself in the beloved. 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

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