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Friday, October 22, 2021

Nikos Kazantzakis and duty

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) was a Greek philosopher. Philosopher Daniel Dombrowski said,


"Like Teresa of Avila, Kazantzakis indicates that behind all appearances lies a struggling divine essence (the 'invisible') that is striving to merge with our hearts just as the mystic is striving to merge with God's." (Kazantzakis and God, 1997)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Kazantzakis.




"Our profound human duty is not to interpret or to cast light on the rhythm of God's arch, but to adjust, as much as we can, the rhythm of our small and fleeting life to his." (The Saviors of God, 1923)


"Blessed are those eyes that have seen more water than any man! Blessed be that haughty mind that aimed at the greatest hope!" (The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, 1938)


"Free yourself from race also; fight to live through the whole struggle of man." (The Saviors of God, 1923)


"Even the most humble insect and the most insignificant idea are the military encampments of God. Within them, all of God is arranged in fighting position for a critical battle. Even in the most meaningless particle of earth and sky I hear God crying out: Help me!" (The Saviors of God, 1923)


"As I watched the seagulls, I thought: That's the road to take; find the absolute rhythm and follow it with absolute trust." (Zorba the Greek, 1946)