Quotes from book
Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek
Nikos KazantzakisOriginal title Βίος και Πολιτεία του Αλέξη Ζορμπά (Greek, 1946)

Zorba the Greek is a novel written by the Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis, first published in 1946. It is the tale of a young Greek intellectual who ventures to escape his bookish life with the aid of the boisterous and mysterious Alexis Zorba. The novel was adapted into a successful 1964 film of the same name by Michael Cacoyannis as well as a 1968 musical, Zorba and a two-part BBC Classic Serial in 1993 starring Robert Stephens as Zorba and Michael Maloney.


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„Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it we do suddenly realize — sometimes with astonishment — how happy we had been.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, book Zorba the Greek

Source: Zorba the Greek (1946), Ch. 6
Context: While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it we do suddenly realize — sometimes with astonishment — how happy we had been.

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„Every man has his folly, but the greatest folly of all … is not to have one.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, book Zorba the Greek

Variant: Every man has his folly, but the greatest folly of all, in my view, is not to have one.
Source: Zorba the Greek

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Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo
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Nikos Kazantzakis photo
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Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo

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

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, book Zorba the Greek

As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 412
Variant: You have everything but one thing: madness. A man needs a little madness or else - he never dares cut the rope and be free.
Source: Zorba the Greek

Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo

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

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, book Zorba the Greek

Source: Zorba the Greek

Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo
Nikos Kazantzakis photo

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