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Nikos Kazantzakis Best Quotes

As a very small honor to this great man, philosopher, writer, traveller ... Nikos Kazantzakis

About life …
“I expect nothing.  I fear nothing.  I am free.

About people, place …
“Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels.”

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

About mystery … 
“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.”

About light …
“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.”

About body, music, 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.”

About reality, change …
“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes that see reality.”

About god …
“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.”

About madness, 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.”

About happiness …
“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.”

About heart, joy, mind …
“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.”

About colors, paradise …
“You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go.”

About students, 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.”

About animals, meaning …
“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.”

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

About despair, goodness, heroism, knowledge …
“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!”

... and don't miss to visit the Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis at Mirtia or Varvaroi Village.

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