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Greek Mythology Quotes

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I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that
there is redemption through chaos.
I believe in that.
I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.
- Brendan Fraser

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology -
the richest king who gets everything he wants,
but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
- Martin Scorsese

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears.
And the Bible.
- Penelope Lively

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

 

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots
in Latin and Greek words.
A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.
- Maynard James Keenan

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art,
because to us it is false and visionary,
was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
- John Ruskin

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent,
whose only claim to fame is that its art director went
on to be the art director of Discover for many years.
- Jane Haddam

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about
the same as it was in ancient Greek republics:
Freedom for slave owners.
- Vladimir Lenin

My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek
class at Northwestern University.
- James Cronin

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind,
forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that
it begets more evil than it kills.'
- Immanuel Kant

In England only uneducated people show off their knowledge;
nobody quotes Latin or Greek authors in the course of conversation,
unless he has never read them.
- George Mikes

When I was a kid, I'd kneel down at the side of my
bed every night before I went to sleep,
and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.
- Olympia Dukakis

Read Churchill, he tells you how crucial was the Greek
role in your decisive desert victory over Rommel.
- Melina Mercouri

I thought that the chief thing to be done in order
to equal boys was to be learned and courageous.
So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots;
its business was to express the heroic saga,
the myths.
- Gilbert Murray

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence,
with bravery and mercy.
- Theodore White

I am an Epicurean.
I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus
as containing everything rational in moral philosophy
which Greek and Roman leave to us.
- Thomas Jefferson

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life,
and they can't do it.
I'm too happy.
- Curt Flood

England and Greece are friends.
English blood was shed on Greek soil in the war against fascism,
and Greeks gave their lives to protect English pilots.
- Melina Mercouri

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness,
just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond

Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin.
No good can come of it.
- C. P. Scott

Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in
this world that is not Greek in its origin.
- John Acton

And, of course, it must be asked: is it proper to transact
with the Turks for the most reassured of Greek possessions
when Greece is under Turkish invasion and subjugation?
- Melina Mercouri

The Greek sculptor - I don't think he was very different from any of us.
- Michael Tippett

No matter how thoroughly a person may have learned the Greek alphabet,
he will never be in a condition to repeat it backwards
without further training.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus

I have friends who read my books in Greek.
- Brian Lumley

I like to cook, but mostly Greek.
When I am confused or tired, I think about what I can cook.
It takes you away from everything, as you are thinking only of your dish.
- Nana Mouskouri

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense:
the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family.
- John Thorn

I don't buy into any of that hogwash.
They put that out to sell tickets.
It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama
formula of good versus evil,
and lots of fear.
- Margot Kidder

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

From that moment, I did not cease to pray to God that
by his grace it might one day be permitted to me to learn Greek.
- Heinrich Schliemann

Every human being has within him an ideal man,
just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state
a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the
Greek made of the god Apollo.
- Jose Marti

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

Movies are immortal art - the first new art since Greek drama.
- Eric Johnston

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate
person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
- Aleister Crowley

And though thou hadst small Latin, and less Greek.
- Ben Jonson

I've played American, Italian, Greek,
French.
I've been really lucky that way.
- Chita Rivera

Greek was very much a live language,
and a language still unconscious of grammar,
not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries.
- Gilbert Murray

For example, I like using strong Greek and Roman Renaissance
characters as part of my series.
- Frank Bruno

The word democracy comes from the Greek and means,
literally, government by the people.
- Robert Welch

Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it.
You've got everything except one thing: madness!
- the movie Zorba The Greek

My boyhood saw Greek islands floating over Harvard Square.
- Horace Gregory

If you look at the timing of many of the Greek dramas
from the theatrical point of view,
it's all off, and I think the reason for that is that
music played a very important part.
- John Eaton

You are about to have your first experience with a Greek lunch.
I will kill you if you pretend to like it.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused
by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word.
- Gilbert Murray

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama,
that is, modern opera as we know it.
- John Eaton

My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because
then you get stuff cheaper.
- Amy Sedaris

There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if
a quote giving advice comes from someone famous,
very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice.
- Bo Bennett

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

Knowing some Greek helped defuse forbidding words -
not that I counted much on using them.
You'll find only trace elements of this language in the poem.
- James Merrill

Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science,
but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language;
because it is necessary to use many Greek words to
which there are none corresponding in Latin.
- Marcus V. Pollio

Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke,
however imperfectly, and read in great quantities,
at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly
different from either Latin or Greek.
- Robert Fitzgerald

It has always seemed to me a pity that the young people
of our generation should grow up with such scant knowledge
of Greek and Latin literature,
its wealth and variety, its freshness and its imperishable quality.
- James Loeb

I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea,
which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course
of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization,
as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
- Simone Weil

The British system had requirements,
including Latin.
I'm not positive you ever had to know Greek,
but there are certainly kinds of curricula where you had to know Greek too.
I think in Britain there was the most mindless,
repetitive sort of learning.
- William Scott

There was reference made to a book written in Greek
by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity.
There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan.
Not even did Jews raise objections to that book.
- Julius Streicher

Italian cameramen grow up immersed in an awareness of light.
It is part of their mythology.
- Barbara Steele

I believe in mythology.
I guess I share Joseph Campbell's notion that a culture
or society without mythology would die,
and we're close to that.
- Robert Redford

But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential
part of ancient religion,
for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.
- William Robertson Smith

Most of the monsters...
are based on some sort of mythology.
Every culture and even some geographical areas have
monsters and mythology that is their own.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

Nobody in America, in the modern generation,
has read their mythology or legends.
- Kenneth Anger

In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success.
He who is successful is good.
In Latin countries, in Catholic countries,
a successful person is a sinner.
- Umberto Eco

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology,
then its myth is tragic.
- Ursula K. Le Guin


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