In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.Nikos Kazantzakis
I said to the almond tree: "Speak to me of God." and the almond tree blossomed.Nikos Kazantzakis
Who holds a sword is tempted, who has youth must play, he who does not fear death on earth does not fear God.Nikos Kazantzakis
Every village has its simpleton, and if one does not exist they invent one to pass the time.Nikos Kazantzakis
Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels.Nikos Kazantzakis
The major and almost only theme of all my work is the struggle of man with "God": the unyielding, inextinguishable struggle of the naked worm called "man" against the terrifying power and darkness of the forces within him and around him.Nikos Kazantzakis
High up where the poor sat, the people quaked with fear: they saw the soul stretched on the ground, a votive beast beaten by the conflicting powers of light and dark, and their minds shook, nor knew now what great god to choose, for comfort's road dropped to the right, the rough ascent rose to the left, and both roads seemed to lead to God, while at the crossroads stood the human heart, and swayed.Nikos Kazantzakis
Death gestured with his hands and bade the king thrice welcome.Nikos Kazantzakis
Cursed be all those on land and sea who eat their fill, cursed be all those who starve yet raise no hand in protest, cursed be all the bread, the wine, the meat which day by day descends deep in the entrails of the exploited man and turns not into freedom's cry, the murderer's ruthless knife!Nikos Kazantzakis
Fools, art is a heavy task, more heavy than gold crowns; it's far more difficult to match firm words than armies, they're disciplined troops, unconquered, to be placed in rhythm, the mind's most mighty foe, and not disperse in air. I'd give, believe me, a whole land for one good song, for I know well that only words, that words alone, like the high mountains, have no fear of age or death.Nikos Kazantzakis
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.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
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