Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis

Profession: Author
Nationality: Greek

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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.

I said to the almond tree, 'Friend, speak to me of God,' and the almond tree blossomed.

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.

Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to unfasten your belt and look for a fight.

One of man's greatest obligations is anger.

My 'Report to Greco' is not an autobiography.

Let your youth have free reign. It won't come again, so be bold, and no repenting.

Behind each woman rises the austere, sacred and mysterious face of Aphrodite.

What a miracle life is and how alike are all souls when they send their roots down deep and meet and are one!

Nothing is nearer to us than heaven. The earth is beneath our feet, and we tread upon it, but heaven is within us.

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.

The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

Tell me what you do with the food you eat, and I'll tell you who you are. Some turn their food into fat and manure, some into work and good humour, and others, I'm told, into God. So there must be three sorts of men.

Life is a crusade in the service of God. Whether we wished to or not, we set out as crusaders to free - not the Holy Sepulcher - but that God buried in matter and in our souls.