Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes (95 quotes)
“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”
Report to Greco (1965). This quote is sometimes misattributed to Franz Kafka.
“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.”
As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 412
“Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.”
Report to Greco (1965)
Zorba the Greek (2012 edition), Simon and Schuster - ISBN: 9781439144664
Epitaph he had ordered to be engraved on his own tomb. From a letter he wrote to Anghelakis family on 7 December 1951. As quoted in: The Selected Letters of Nikos Kazantzakis (Princeton University Press, 2011), p. 727
The Last Temptation of Christ (2012 edition), Simon and Schuster - ISBN: 9781439144589
“I am a mariner of Odysseus with heart of fire but with mind ruthless and clear.”
Toda Raba (1934)
“God, what is all this talk put out by the popes? Paradise is here, my good man. God, give me no other paradise!”
Freedom and Death (1956)
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Born: February 18, 1883
Died: October 26, 1957 (aged 74)
Occupation: Writer, poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, playwright
Bio: Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael Cacoyannis film Zorba the Greek, based on the novel. He gained renewed fame with the 1988 Martin Scorsese adaptation of his book The Last Temptation of Christ.
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