6 Mar 2011

Quotes: Zorba the Greek

First time I ever heard the name Zorba was from Osho.  There's a book in his name with the title Zorba the Buddha.  I searched the web to find out who Zorba was and I found out the book, and the movie.  This was all a few years ago.  I saw the movie once then and liked it.  Today I thought I'd watch it again, and here's a collection of some dialogues I liked:
  • You think too much, that is your trouble.  Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything.
  • "Well, Zorba, God bless."  "And... the devil, too, boss."
  • "I don't want any trouble."  "Boss, life is trouble, only death is not.  To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble."
  • 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.
  • I have done things for my country, that would make your hair stand.  I have killed, burned villages, raped women.  And why?  Because they were Turks or Bulgarians!  That's the rotten damn fool I was.  Now I look at a man, any man, and I say he is good, he is bad.  What do I care if he's Greek or Turk?  As I get older, I swear by the bread I eat, I even stop asking that.  Good or bad?  What is the difference?  We all end up the same way: food for worms.
  • PS: I forgot to tell you.  Her name is Lola.
  • I spit on their agony. (This one is my all-time favourite.)
  • "You've got everything, except one thing: madness.  A man needs a little madness, or else..."  "Or else?"  "he never dares to cut the rope and be free."


  1. My favorite book. Pure genius. Every line is a poem. Thanks for sharing these. The last one is especially true. We must be a little mad or this world will eat us a piece at a time.

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    1. No, I have only watched the movie. Will try to read the book as well. Thanks for the recommendation.