Nikos Kazantzakis Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nikos kazantzakis quotes, nikos kazantzakis sayings, and nikos kazantzakis proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Nikos Kazantzakis

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Nikos Kazantzakis

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

Every word is an adamantine shell which encloses a great explosive force. To discover its meaning you must let it burst inside you like a bomb and in this way liberate the soul which it imprisons.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

You can knock on a deaf man's door forever.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

True 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 their own.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

Be always restless, unsatisfied, unconforming. Whenever a habit becomes convenient, smash it! The greatest sin of all is satisfaction.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Nikos Kazantzakis

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.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Nikos Kazantzakis

Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

There is no harsher means of punishment, than to answer malice with kindness.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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.     

Nikos Kazantzakis