• A magical portal opened inside my mind and conducted me into an astonishing world. [...] Before this moment I had divined but had never known with such positiveness that the world is extremely large and that suffering and toil are the companions and fellow warriors not only of Cretan, but of every man. [...] That by means of poetry all this suffering and effort could be transformed into dream; no matter how much of the ephemeral existed, poetry could immortalize it by turning it into song.

    "Report to Greco". Book by Nikos Kazantzakis, transl. by P. A. Bien, Faber and Faber Limited, "Naxos", Ch. 11, p. 96, 1973.