Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer who is renowned for his novels, travelogues and plays. He is regarded as one of the greatest literary personalities in Modern Greek literature. Kazantzakis attended the University of Athens, where he studied law and then went on to study at the famous Sorbonne in Paris, from where he was awarded his doctorate in philosophy in 1909. However, it was as a novelist that he became a global star and according to many; he was deeply influenced by the work of Freidrich Nietzche. Some of his most well-known works include, ‘Zorba the Greek’, ‘Captain Michalis’, ‘Christ Recrucified’, ‘Report to Greco’, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ and ‘The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel’ among others. Jesus Christ became a recurring theme in many of his works. Kazantzakis’ work was widely translated and his writings were nominated for the ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’ a staggering 9 times but he did not win the big prize. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes and thoughts that have been excerpted from his novels, books, plays and writings. Here is a collection of some of the best quotes from Nikos Kazantzakis’s life and works.
Ideal 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 bridges of their own.
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.
Happy the youth who believes that his duty is to remake the world and bring it more in accord with virtue and justice, more in accord with his own heart. Woe to whoever commences his life without lunacy.
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.