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

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis

Profession: Author
Nationality: Greek

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

The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

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

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.

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.

I fight to embrace the entire circle of human activity to the full extent of my ability.

A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.

When everything goes wrong, what a joy to test your soul and see if it has endurance and courage. An invisible and all-powerful enemy - some call him God, others the Devil, seem to rush upon us to destroy us; but we are not destroyed.

The ultimate most holy form of theory is action.

I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.

In order to mount to the Cross, the summit of sacrifice, and to God, the summit of immateriality, Christ passed through all the stages which the man who struggles passes through.

There is only one woman in the world. One woman, with many faces.

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

Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.