As I watched the seagulls, I thought, That's the road to take; find the absolute rhythm and follow it with absolute trust.— Nikos Kazantzakis
The most impressive Nikos Kazantzakis quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.
The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
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.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
My soul comes from better worlds and I have an incurable homesickness of the stars.
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.
I was happy, I knew that. While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been.
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.
I am a weak, ephemeral creature made of mud and dream.
But I feel all the powers of the universe whirling within me.
I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.
The only way to save yourself is to endeavor to save others.
Everything in this world has a hidden meaning, I thought.
Men, animals, trees, stars, they are all hieroglyphics; woe to anyone who begins to decipher them and guess what they mean.... When you see them, you do not understand them. You think they are really men, animals, trees, stars. It is only years later, too late, that you understand.
In religions which have lost their creative spark, the gods eventually become no more than poetic motifs or ornaments for decorating human solitude and walls.
Everything in this world has a hidden meaning.
How simple and frugal a thing is happiness.
God changes his appearance every second.
Blessed is the man who can recognize him in all his disguises.
Be always restless, unsatisfied, unconforming.
Whenever a habit becomes convenient, smash it! The greatest sin of all is satisfaction.
What is truth? What is falsehood? Whatever gives wings to men, whatever produces great works and great souls and lifts up a man's height above the earth - that's true. Whatever clips off man's wings - that's false.
The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.
Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.
There is no harsher means of punishment, than to answer malice with kindness.
As long as there are flowers and children and birds in the world, have no fears: everything will be fine.
Truly, everything in this world depended on time.
Time ripened all. If you had time, you succeeded in working the human mud internally and turning it into spirit. Then you did not fear death. If you did not have time, you perished.
Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.
My principle anguish and the source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh.
If a woman sleeps alone it puts a shame on all men.
God has a very big heart, but there is one sin He will not forgive. If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go.
Man hurries, God does not. That is why man's works are uncertain and maimed, while God's are flawless and sure. My eyes welling with tears, I vowed never to transgress this eternal law again. Like a tree I would be blasted by wind, struck by sun and rain, and would wait with confidence; the long-desired hour of flowering and fruit would come.
The canary is like a man's soul. It sees bars around it, but instead of despairing, it sings.
All those who actually live the mysteries of life haven't the time to write, and all those who have the time don't live them! D'you see?
The ultimate, most holy form of theory is action.
We're going to start with small, easy things;
then, little by little we shall try our hand at the big things. And after that, after we finish the big things, we shall undertake the impossible.
When I encounter a sunrise, a painting, a woman, or an idea that makes my heart bound like a young calf, then I know I am standing in front of happiness.
Inexperience loves to preach.
A woman's body is a dark and monstrous mystery;
between her supple thighs a heavy whirlpool swirls, two rivers crash, and woe to him who slips and falls!
The masses do not see the Sirens. They do not hear songs in the air. Blind, deaf, stooping, they pull at their oars in the hold of the earth. But the more select, the captains, harken to a Siren within them...and royally squander their lives with her.
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.
I know now: I do not hope for anything.
I do not fear anything, I have freed myself from both the mind and the heart, I have mounted much higher, I am free .
Each man must have his own special route to lead him to God.
The doors of heaven and hell are adjacent and identical.
For I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature.
We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.
All the political, social, and economic improvements, all the technical progress cannot have any regenerating significance, so long as our inner life remains as it is at present. The more the intelligence unveils and violates the secrets of Nature, the more the danger increases and the heart shrinks.
Throughout my life, my greatest benefactors have been my dreams and my travels;
very few men, living or dead, have helped me in my struggle.
Free yourself from one passion to be dominated by another and nobler one.
But is not that, too, a form of slavery? To sacrifice oneself to an idea, to a race, to God? Or does it mean that the higher the model the longer the longer the tether of our slavery?
Freedom was my first great desire. The second, which remains hidden within me to this day, tormenting me, was the desire for sanctity. Hero together with saint: such is mankind's supreme model.
I say one thing, you write another, and those who read you understand still something else! I say: cross, death, kingdom of heaven, God...and what do you understand? Each of you attaches his own suffering, interests and desires to each of these sacred words, and my words disappear, my soul is lost. I can't stand it any longer!
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.
The human soul is heavy, clumsy, held in the mud of the flesh.
Its perceptions are still coarse and brutish. It can divine nothing clearly, nothing with certainty.
We are not men, to have need of another, an eternal life;
we are women, and for us one moment with man we love is everlasting Paradise, one moment far from the man we love is everlasting hell. It is here on earth that we women love out eternity
Every obstacle in his journey became a milestone, an occasion for further triumph. We have a model in front of us now, a model who blazes our trail and gives us strength.