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

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis

Profession: Author
Nationality: Greek

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We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life.

My principal anguish, and the wellspring of all my joys and sorrows, has been the incessant merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh.

That part of Christ's nature which was profoundly human helps us to understand him and love him and to pursue his Passion as though it were our own. If he had not within him this warm human element, he would never be able to touch our hearts with such assurance and tenderness; he would not be able to become a model for our lives.

One of man's greatest obligations is anger.

I expect nothing. I fear no one. I am free.

May God forgive me, but the letters of the alphabet frighten me terribly. They are sly, shameless demons - and dangerous! You open the inkwell, release them; they run off - and how will you ever get control of them again!

My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.