Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes

Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes: Once more I realized to what an extent earthly happiness is made to the measure of man. It is not a rare bird which we must pursue at one moment in heaven, at the next in our minds. Happiness is a domestic bird found in our own courtyards.
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Nikos Kazantzakis Quote: 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
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Quotes about Nikos Kazantzakis: The struggle between God and man breaks out in everyone, together with the longing for reconciliation. Most often this struggle is unconscious and short-lived. A weak soul does not have the endurance to resist the flesh for very long. It grows heavy, becomes flesh itself, and the contest ends. But among responsible men, men who keep their eyes riveted day and night upon the Supreme Duty, the conflict between flesh and spirit breaks out mercilessly and may last until death.
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Quote about Nikos Kazantzakis: May he be cursed on earth who gives his trust to virtue, that bankrupt crone who takes our life's pure gold and gives but bad receipts for payment in the lower world. Ah, passers-by that stroll, travelers that come and go, all that I had, I placed on virtue, and lost the game!
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Nikos Kazantzakis Sayings: 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.
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Nikos Kazantzakis Saying: You will, Judas, my brother. God will give you the strength, as much as you lack, because it is necessary
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Sayings about Nikos Kazantzakis: God, what is all this talk put out by the popes? Paradise is here, my good man. God, give me no other paradise!
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Saying about Nikos Kazantzakis: No! No! Never acknowledge the limitations of man. Smash all boundaries! Deny whatever your eyes see. Die every moment, but say: Death does not exist.'
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Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes: This book was not written because I wanted to offer a supreme model to the man who struggles; I wanted to show him that he must not fear pain, temptation or death - because all three can be conquered, all three have already been conquered. Christ suffered pain, and since then pain has been sanctified. Temptation fought until the very last moment to lead him astray, and Temptation was defeated. Christ died on the Cross, and at that instant death was vanquished forever.
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Nikos Kazantzakis Quote: What, then is our duty? It is to carefully distinguish the historic moment in which we live and to consciously assign our small energies to a specific battlefield. The more we are in phase with the current which leads the way, the more we aid man in his difficult, uncertain, danger-fraught ascent toward salvation.
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Quotes about Nikos Kazantzakis: The ultimate, most holy form of theory is action.
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Quote about Nikos Kazantzakis: Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality,
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Nikos Kazantzakis Sayings: I heard the bells from the future churches, the children playing and laughing in the schoolyards ... and here was an almond tree in bloom before me: I must reach out and cut a flowering branch. For, by believing passionately in something which still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired, whatever we have not irrigated with our blood to such a degree that it becomes strong enough to stride across the somber threshold of nonexistence.
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Nikos Kazantzakis Saying: Each man must have his own special route to lead him to God.
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Sayings about Nikos Kazantzakis: It was certainly not this mummified and outrageously painted old woman he was seeing before him, but the entire
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Saying about Nikos Kazantzakis: All my life I struggled to stretch my mind to the breaking point, until it began to creak, in order to create a great thought which might be able to give a new meaning to life, a new meaning to death, and to console mankind.
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Nikos Kazantzakis Quotes: You gave me your curse, holy Fathers. I give you a blessing: May you be as moral and religious as I am.
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Nikos Kazantzakis Quote: 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.
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