Odysseas Elytis quotes

  • If you deconstruct Greece, you will in the end see an olive tree, a grapevine, and a boat remain. That is, with as much, you reconstruct her.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Tree #Olives #Boat

  • If a seperate personal Paradise exists for each of us mine must irreparably be planted with trees of words which the wind silvers like poplars, by people who see their confiscated justice given back, and by birds that even in the midst of the truth of death insist on singing in Greek and saying, eros, eros, eros.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Love #Wind #Justice

  • You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Depth #Study #Deals

  • We need a legal code that develops like our skin during our growing years. Something both youthful and strong... So what we humans birth might surpass without oppressing us.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Strong #Years #Law

  • Fantastic truths perish slower... Sappho's moon will survive the moon of Armstrong. Different computations are necessary.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Truth #Moon #Different

  • Know that, as in life, there is much that many have looked upon but few have seen because, as my father told me and his father told him, you will come to learn a great deal if you study the insignificant in depth.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Father #Depth #Study

  • Bliss is not subtractbale.
    -- Odysseas Elytis


  • The purpose that you were created Man is exactly this: to prove, you too, with your life and with your work that everything can and should be done without any purpose. To be accomplished as the entire creation is accomplished.
    -- Odysseas Elytis

    #Men #Purpose #Done

  • Listen ... With faint dry sound, Like steps of passing ghosts, The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break free from the trees And fall.

  • When I first made a grid I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees and then this grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence, and I still do, and so I painted it and then I was satisfied. I thought, this is my vision.

  • One of the biggest problems with young chefs is too much addition to the plate. You put cilantro and then tarragon and then olive oil and then walnut oil or whatever. It's too much.

  • I mostly eat peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and potato chips, peanut butter and olives, and peanut butter and marshmallow goo. So sue me, I like peanut butter.

  • The disciples were not losing time when they sat beside their Master, and held quiet converse with Him under the olives of Bethany or by the shores of Galilee. Those were their school-hours; those were their feeding times.

  • A boat can't have two captains.

  • For the ocean is big and my boat is small. Find the courage.

  • Don't try to behave as though you were essentially sane and naturally good. We're all demented sinners in the same cosmic boat - and the boat is perpetually sinking.

  • A sail boat that sails backwards can never see the sun rise.

  • There's a lot of people out there who go through hard times, and they feel alone. They feel like nobody is there. But I'm in the same boat.