Monday, February 13, 2006

Nikos Kazantzakis Quote of the Day No. 4

[From Report to Greco, Faber and Faber, 1973, p174]


Would we moderns, I wondered, ever in our turn achieve the balance and the serene, heroic vision of the ancient Greeks? Every pilgrim, after he disengages himself from his Olympic dream, after he emerges through the museum door and faces the sun of our own day, surely, and with anguish, must pose this basic question to himself. For us Greeks, however, the despondency is twofold, because we consider ourselves descendants of the ancients. Thus, we give ourselves the duty to equal our great ancestors--and even beyond this, every son's duty to surpass his parents.

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