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Greece Quotes

We did a long road trip around Greece, exploring iconic Greece landmarks, eating delicious Greek food and learning facts about Greece Culture. Now we added to it selections of Greece Quotes.

And while on a quotation roll, here are links to my collection of beautiful quotations about adventure, Good morning quotes, hiking, rainbows and rain – do check them all out and enjoy some new angles on our beautiful world.

Quotes about Greece
Quotes about Greece

Best Greece Quote

Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.

– Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
Quotes about Greece
Quotes about Greece

Best Quotes About Greece

“It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.” – Henry Miller

“I like reading, free diving and hiking. But my favorite thing to do is travel anywhere in Greece. I love everything about that place.” – Max Irons

“If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three – wine, food, and art – as a way of enhancing life.” Robert Mondavi

“Greece – The feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of in conjecturable magic.” Patrick Leigh Fermor

“The only sounds: – when ‘gan the West to burn, and red sun upon the seas to ride, I stood upon the soil of Greece at last!” — Oscar Wilde

“Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing.” Christopher Hitchens

Funny Greek Quotes

“Give me a word, any word, and I’ll show you that the root of that word is Greek.”   Unknown

“You can’t swing a cat in Ancient Greece without hitting one of Zeus’s ex-girlfriends.” Rick Riordan

“In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong.” Rick Riordan

“Most British newspapers now have more columns than the Acropolis.” — Ian Jack

“There are two kinds of people. Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.” My big fat Greek wedding

“It’s all Greek to me!” — Unknown

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Quotes about Greece

Inspiring Greece Quotes

Greece is good place for rebirths.” – Judith Martin

“I know that each one of us travels to love alone, alone to faith and to death. I know it. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t help. Let me come with you.” Giannis Ritsos

“Greece was a muse. It inspired creativity in magical ways that I can’t even begin to understand or explain.” Joe Bonamassa

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.”— Aristotle Onassis

Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing. Christopher Hitchens

“Greece is the most magical place on Earth.” Kylie Bax

“On a summer night, I have sat on the balcony drinking Ouzo, watching the ghosts of Greek Heroes sailing past, listening to the rustle of their sail cloths and the gentle lapping of their oars.” Phil Simpkin

I want to have an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ experience where I drop off the face of the planet and move to Greece. Jennifer Hyman

Greece Quotes
Greece Quotes

Quotes about Athens, Acropolis and Parthenon

Acropolis and Parthenon are not only the most famous landmarks in Greece but one of the iconic European Landmarks. We have visited it while exploring Athens with kids.

“I want to see the Parthenon by moonlight.”– Daphne Du Maurier

“How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.” Alexander the Great

“We approached Athens from the north in early twilight, climbing a hill. When we reached its peak, we were dazzled to look down and see the Acropolis struck by one beam of the settling sun, as if posing for a picture.” – Donald Hall

“Maid of Athens, ere we part. Give, oh give me back my heart.” — Lord Byron

“My sister and I were fortunate to travel through Asia and Europe at very young ages. We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India.” – Mary Chapin Carpenter

“At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.” — Alcuin

“Athens – a city which is very great and very famous for its wisdom and power. Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?” – Plato, Greek Philosopher

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“Let there be light! Said Liberty, and like sunrise from the sea, Athens arose!”— Percy Bysshe Shelley

“We’ve come full circle but the best remains the heart of the city, the greatest center of the greatest city, our Acropolis, where our Christmas tree is lighted.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“I want Rome and the Coliseum, the Acropolis, Athens; I want beauty, and the flame of life.” Eleanora Duse

“Musically I try to connect a common bridge between such exhilarating feelings as performing at the Acropolis, to the emotions each and every one of us feel everyday. In the end, a good melody will always stand the test of time.” – Bradley Joseph

“The Greeks had invented democracy, built the Acropolis and called it a day.” David Sedaris

“We have the ability to be the Athens of modern times as opposed to the militaristic Sparta. I remind you that the Athenians wrote poetry. The Spartans did not.” — Rita Mae Brown

“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence, native to famous wits.” John Milton

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Quotes by Nikos Kazantzakis

I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die – Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Reach what you cannot – Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else. – Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. – Nikos Kazantzakis

A man needs a little madness, or else… he never dares cut the rope and be free – Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality. – Nikos Kazantzakis


“There is a kind of flame in Crete – let us call it “soul” – something more powerful than either life or death. There is pride, obstinacy, valor, and together with these something else inexpressible and imponderable, something which makes you rejoice that you are human being, and at the same time tremble. ” ― N. Kazantzakis

Quotes about Greece

Quotes by Greek Philosophers 

“The ancient Oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.” – Socrates

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance” – Socrates

“Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“For the wise is easy to go anywhere. Because the whole world is home for a good soul.”– Democritus

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Quotes about Greece

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates

Beautiful Rainbow Seen from one of the Greek Beaches

Quotes about Beautiful Greek Islands

“Greece has got something like 1,400 islands. There is so much of Greece you can’t know even if you’re Greek. It’s sprinkled out all around the edge of the Aegean, all over the place. It’s already a secret place wherever you go, even if it’s somewhere huge like Athens or Corinth. The place enchanted me.” – Joanna Lumley

“I wonder if Socrates and Plato took a house on Crete during the summer.” – Woody Allen

“According to some theories, the legendary Atlantis said to have sunk beneath the sea in a great cataclysm, is in actuality the Greek Island of Santorini.” – Laura Brooks

“Santorini Island, Greece Greeks are like the current, They push you over and then Try to suck you in.” – Beryl Dov

“…even God cannot match the cruelty of his creation. For every Santorini, there are a hundred massacres of innocents. And that is the work of man–more particularly, the work of politics, of groups of men organized to gain and exercise power.” – Charles Krauthammer

Santorini is one of the blue cities in the world

Santorini is calling and I must go.” – Anonymous

“Santorini’s boutique hotels and fine dining make it one of the classier (and pricier) Greek islands, but this is balanced by the down-to-earth hospitality and tradition for which Greece is renowned.” – Mike Gerrard

Gradually the magic of the island [Corfu] settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen. – Gerald Durrell

My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood. – Gerald Durrell

“Her dress sparkled like the stars that blanketed the Mykonos night sky” – Anthea Syrokou

“Unless you have seen the houses of Mykonos, you can’t pretend to be an architect. Whatever architecture has to say, it is said here.” – Le Corbusier

Quotes about Greek Islands

“The beauty in front of her interrupted her thoughts. She took a deep breath, staring at the shores of Mykonos with the scenic coves and the golden sand beaches.” – Angel Sefer

“Located in the Cyclades and surrounded by the blue-green water of the Aegean sits whitewashed, windmill-strewn Mykonos, the island of the winds.” – Lizy Manola

“In every island of the Aegean Sea are found abundant traces of a vast prehistoric empire.” – James Theodore Bent

“Some places, such as Paris, have a magic best experienced for brief periods so the romantic feeling doesn’t become tainted by a day to day reality. But Mykonos was different in that respect. Mykonos made you long for the restful, happy day to day reality of life on the Greek island, and it was the brief visits that tortured the soul. Paris was a romantic respite from life, Mykonos was life itself, and living.” – Bobby Underwood

“This was Mykonos, a seaside sanctuary so timeless that I half expected to glimpse Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings walking along the dock as we disembarked from the ferry.” – Bobby Underwood

“The Greek Isles present a collage of diverse landscapes and customs. Mykonos is fun-loving, with lively tavernas and populated beaches. Delos is stoic, protecting the ruins of its ancient sanctuaries in solemn dignity. Milos is magical, with its volcanic rock formations and stunning village vistas.” – Laura Brooks

Quotes about Greek Culture

If you want to learn more about Greece Culture read our Facts about Greece.

“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece.” Percy Bysshe Shelley

“In many ways we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece.” – Nia Vardalos

In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you’re walking away from a bus that’s just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it’s raining on top of everything else, most people might think that’s just really bad luck; when you’re a half-blood, you understand that some divine force is really trying to mess up your day. – Rick Riordan

“Greece gave democracy to the rest of the world.” – Alexis Tsipras

“Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love. Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will. At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.” – Chuck Palahniuk

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