Quotes by Nikos Kazantzakis

"I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else."

"I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free."

"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

"This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale."

"If a woman sleeps alone it puts a shame on all men. God has a very big heart, but there is one sin He will not forgive. If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go."

Books by Nikos Kazantzakis

  • Ο Ηγεμόνας
  • 275,085 ratings
  • December 2006 by Εκδόσεις Καζαντζάκη

    (first published 1532)

  • Zorba the Greek
  • 40,008 ratings
  • April 3rd 2000 by Faber and Faber

    (first published 1946)

  • Christ Recrucified
  • 6,369 ratings
  • January 1st 1962 by Faber and Faber Ltd

    (first published 1948)

  • Report to Greco
  • 3,146 ratings
  • August 1st 1975 by Touchstone Books

    (first published 1961)

  • Freedom or Death
  • 2,498 ratings
  • December 1st 1983 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster

    (first published 1953)

  • Saint Francis
  • 2,001 ratings
  • April 1st 2005 by Loyola Classics

    (first published 1956)

Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Nikos Kazantzakis

  • Date of birth: February 18, 1883
  • Died: October 26, 1957
  • Born: in Heraklion, Crete , Greece.

  • Description: Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης ) was a prolific Greek writer, whose works include essays, novels, poems, tragedies, travel books, and translations of such classics as Dante's The Divine Comedy and J.W. von Goethe's Faust. Like his hero, Odysseus, Kazantzakis lived most of his artistic life outside Greece-except for the years of World War II. "I am a mariner of Odysseus with heart of fire but with mind ruthless and clear," Kazantzakis wrote in TODA RABA (1934). Several of the author's novels deal with the history and culture of his own country, and the mystical relationship between man and God. In 1957 he lost the Nobel Prize by a single vote to the French writer Albert Camus.