The Agony of Man

Alexis Zorba: Why do the young die? Why does anybody die? Tell me.

Basil: I don’t know.

Alexis: What’s the use of all your damn books? If they don’t tell you that, what the hell do they tell you?

Basil: They tell me about the agony of men who can’t answer questions like yours.

Alexis: I spit on this agony!

From Zorba the Greek (1964), screenplay written by Mihalis Kakogiannis based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.


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