Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes

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In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. -Nikos Kazantzakis
I said to the almond tree, 'Friend, speak to me of God,' and the almond tree blossomed. -Nikos Kazantzakis
Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive. -Nikos Kazantzakis
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality. -Nikos Kazantzakis
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. -Nikos Kazantzakis
Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels. -Nikos Kazantzakis
A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free -Nikos Kazantzakis
There is only one woman in the world. One woman, with many faces. -Nikos Kazantzakis
The canary is like a man's soul. It sees bars around it, but instead of despairing, it sings. -Nikos Kazantzakis
My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry. -Nikos Kazantzakis
The doors of heaven and hell are adjacent and identical. -Nikos Kazantzakis
Yes, there is weeping, even in heaven, but it is for those who are still crawling on the earth. -Nikos Kazantzakis
Discipline is the highest of all virtues. Only so may strength and desire be counterbalanced and the endeavors of man bear fruit. -Nikos Kazantzakis
Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble. -Nikos Kazantzakis
It's possible to save oneself from Satan, Father Francis, but from men-never! -Nikos Kazantzakis
Beauty always had a purpose: to be of service to life. -Nikos Kazantzakis
But how can anyone put a bridle on man's vanity and arrogance? But how can Purity walk the earth without covering her feet with mud? -Nikos Kazantzakis
Madness, Brother Masseo, is the salt which prevents good sense from rotting. -Nikos Kazantzakis
My route, Sior Francis-and don't be surprised when you hear it-my route when I set out to find God... was... laziness. Yes, laziness. If I wasn't lazy I would have gone the way of respectable, upstanding people. Like everyone else I would have studied a trade-cabinet-maker, weaver, mason-and opened a shop; I would have worked all day long, and where then would I have found time to search for God? I might as well be looking for a needle in a haystack: that's what I would have said to myself. All my mind and thoughts would have been occupied with how to earn my living, feed my children, how to keep the upper hand over my wife. With such worries, curse them, how could I have the time, or inclination, or the pure heart needed to think about the Almighty? But by the grace of God I was born lazy. To work, get married, have children, and make problems for myself were all too much trouble. I simply sat in the sun during winter and in the shade during summer, while at night, stretched out on my back on the roof of my house, I watched the moon and the stars. And when you watch the moon and the stars how can you expect your mind not to dwell on God? I couldn't sleep any more. Who made all that? I asked myself. And why? Who made me, and why? Where can I find God so that I may ask Him? Piety requires laziness, you know. It requires leisure-and don't listen to what others say. The laborer who lives from hand to mouth returns home each night exhausted and famished. He assaults his dinner, bolts his food, then quarrels with his wife, beats his children without rhyme or reason simply because he's tired and irritated, and afterwards he clenches his fists and sleeps. Waking up for a moment he finds his wife at his side, couples with her, clenches his fists once more, and plunges back into sleep... Where can he find time for God? But the man who is without work, children, and wife thinks about God, at first just out of curiosity, but later with anguish.

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