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Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes

My son, I carry on as if I should never die. I replied: And I carry on as
if I was going to die any minute.
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True 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 their
own.

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

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

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I knew that no matter what door you knock on in a Cretan village, it will be opened for you. A meal will be served in your honor, and you will sleep between the best sheets in the house. In Crete, the stranger is still the unknown god. Before him, all doors and all hearts are opened.

— Nikos Kazantzakis

God hates a half-devil ten times more than an arch-devil!

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My 'Report to Greco' is not an autobiography.

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True teachers 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.

— Nikos Kazantzakis

If I were fire, I would burn; if I were a woodcutter, I would strike. But I am a heart, and I love.

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I felt deep within me that 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! - The Narrator.

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

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Confucius says: 'Many seek happiness higher than man; others beneath him. But happiness is the
same height as man.' That is true. So there must be a happiness to suit every man's stature.

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Today, any action anywhere on earth has an immediate repercussion on all five continents. News of a victory of the Eastern armies in Morocco or Shanghai travels instantly, thanks to modern means of communication, to all Eastern peoples and fills them with enthusiasm and faith. This phenomenon is, of course, unprecedented in the history of man.

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Inexperience loves to preach.

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Death's dry bones glowed with light in the erotic dark but he woke not nor felt the two warm bodies merge; the male worm then took heart and in his wife's ear whispered: With one sweet kiss, dear wife, we've conquered conquering Death!

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All roads lead to the earth; the abyss leads to God. Jump!

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Before me is the abyss. How can I leap across it? And if I do not leap, how shall I ever be able to reach God?

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