Quotes About Greece – 101 Quotes To Inspire Your Greek Vacation

Ancient Greece has inspired hundreds of quotes! Here are 100+1 quotes about Greece, to get you in the mood before you visit!

What makes quotes about Greece so inspiring?

People all around the world like reading inspirational quotes. These short phrases can remind us of the possibilities that life has to offer. Or they can remind us of the power of words – a few carefully chosen words can have a profound impact on someone’s life.

Quotes can also be inspiring because they offer a different perspective on familiar topics. They often show how other people have dealt with difficult situations.

Ultimately, whether or not a quote is inspiring depends on the individual, and what resonates with them.

There are dozens of quotes for Greek culture, quotes for Greece and the Greek isles, and quotes relevant to Ancient Greece and Greek mythology. Here are some of the best Greece quotes!

Famous Greece quotes - Knowledge creates happiness - Plato

Quotes about the beauty of Greece

Greece is an amazingly beautiful country! The diverse landscapes, golden sand beaches, rocky mountains and ancient sites are really picture-perfect. Here are a few quotes celebrating Greece’s beauty:

Greece – The feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of inconjecturable magic.

– Patrick Leigh Fermor, English writer and scholar

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

– Joe Bonamassa, American guitarist

The problem with Greece is that she’s just too beautiful.

– Dimitra Tzanos, Greek artist

Greece is a good place to look at the moon, isn’t it.

– Kari Hesthamar, Norwegian author

The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being.

– Henry Miller, American writer and artist

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

– Jennifer Hyman, American entrepreneur

Today, to walk along the pebbled pathways of a traditional Greek mountain village or the marbled streets of an ancient acropolis is to step back in time. To meander at a leisurely pace through these island chains by boat is to be captivated by the same dramatic landscapes and enchanted islets that make the myths of ancient Greece so compelling. To witness the Mediterranean sun setting on the turquoise sea is to receive one of life’s greatest blessings.

– Laura Brooks, American writer

Greece is a good place for rebirths.

– Judith Martin, American author and columnist

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

– Henry Miller

Quotes about Greece - The less you want, the richer you are - Yianni

Also read: Greek Words To Learn

Quotes about Athens and the Parthenon

Athens, the Greek capital, is known for its long history, the Acropolis, the Parthenon. Here are a few quotes about Athens:

Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence, native to famous wits.

– John Milton, English poet and intellectual

I want to see the Parthenon by moonlight.

– Daphne Du Maurier, English novelist and playwright

How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.

– Alexander the Great, King of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon

In the world over, the very name of our country is immediately associated with the Parthenon.

Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and politician

Earth proudly wears the Parthenon as the best gem upon her zone.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher and lecturer

The Greeks had invented democracy, built the Acropolis and called it a day.

– David Sedaris, American comedian and author

There are no such things as the Elgin Marbles.

– Melina Mercouri

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

– Socrates, Ancient Greek philosopher

Quotes about Greece - Greece is the home of the Gods - Henry Miller

Quotes about the Greek islands

The Greek islands, famous for their white-and-blue houses, have inspired many quotes about Greece. Here are a few:

My God, how much blue you spend so we cannot see you!

– Odysseus Elytis, Greek poet awarded with the Nobel prize

In every island of the Aegean Sea are found abundant traces of a vast prehistoric empire.

– James Theodore Bent

The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece! Where burning Sappho loved and sung, Where grew the arts of war and peace, Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung! Eternal summer gilds them yet, But all, except their sun, is set.

– Lord Byron, English poet

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

– Gerald Durrell, British naturalist and writer

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, English actress

Quotes about Mykonos and Santorini

Mykonos and Santorini are two of the most famous Greek islands. Here are some quotes about them:

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, Swiss-French pioneer of modern architecture

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

She perched on her windowsill, gazing at the lurid sun soaking into the Caldera, trying to appreciate it even though she couldn’t have it. Why did she always feel she had to do something in the face of beauty?

– Ann Brashares, American novelist – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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

Her dress sparkled like the stars that blanketed the Mykonos night sky.

– Anthea Syrokou, Australian author

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… and lain alongside Pythagoras watching him study the myriad of triangles in the constellations twinkling above us. Whether it was Crete, the heat, the Ouzo, or a combination, it is unequalled anywhere other than Santorini, in my humble opinion.

– Phil Simpkin, English author

Greece quotes - A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free - Nikos Kazantzakis

Greece quotes about happiness

Happiness is what everyone is striving for! Here are a few inspirational quotes:

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

– Epicurus, ancient Greek philosopher

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, Greek author – Zorba the Greek

Knowledge creates happiness.

– Plato, ancient Greek philosopher

The less you want, the richer you are. The more you need in order to be happy, the more miserable you’ll be.

– Yanni, Greek American composer

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

– Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher

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

– Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

– Aristotle

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

– Epicurus

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.

– John F. Kennedy, American President

Quotes Greece - Happiness depends upon ourselves - Aristotle

Quotes by famous Greek philosophers

Greece is well known for its long history, and the ancient Greek philosophers. Let’s have a look at some wonderful ancient Greek quotes by some of these wise men:

Everything flows.

– Heraclitus, ancient Greek philosopher

Nature does nothing without purpose or in vain.

– Aristotle

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.

– Epicurus

There is nothing permanent except change.

– Heraclitus

Man is the measure of all things.

– Protagoras, ancient Greek philosopher

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

– Aristotle

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

– Socrates, ancient Greek philosopher

For persuasion, reasoning is far stronger than gold.

– Democritus, ancient Greek philosopher

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

– Epictetus, ancient Greek philosopher

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

– Plato

The unexamined life is not worth living.

– Socrates

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

– Epicurus

Quotes by Greek philosophers - Everything flows - Heraclitus

Ancient Greek quotes about wisdom, education and knowledge

The ancient Greek philosophers had lots to say about wisdom, knowledge and education:

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

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

– Democritus

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

– Socrates

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

– Aristotle

I can’t teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.

– Socrates

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

– Aristotle

Wisdom begins in wonder.

– Socrates

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

– Aristotle

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.

– Aristotle

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

Ancient Greece Quotes

And now, let’s check a few contemporary quotes about Ancient Greece!

In many ways we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece.

– Nia Vardalos, Canadian actress, director, producer and screenwriter

We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romantic poet

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, American winemaker

Greece appears to be the fountain of knowledge; Rome of elegance.

– Samuel Johnson, English writer and biographer

The center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization.

– Stephen Gardiner, English bishop and politician

Quotes about Greece - Never start a job, a battle, or a relationship, if the fear of losing overshadows the prospect of success - Aristotle Onassis

Quotes on Greek studies and language

Greece is the birthplace of democracy, and not only. Ancient Greeks studied sciences such as philosophy, physics, astronomy, geometry, and many others. Let’s see a few more quotes about Ancient Greece and Greek studies:

Damned Greek, you found everything; philosophy, geometry, physics, astronomy… you left nothing for us.

– Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German playwright, poet, and philosopher

Without Greek studies there is no education.

– Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer

If in the library of your house you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers, then you live in a house with no light.

– George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic

I have never come across someone who could inspire more respect than the Greek philosophers.

– Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and cultural critic

What the mind and the heart is for a human being, Greece is for humanity.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, playwright and novelist

The language of the gods is the Greek language.

– Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher 

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

– Every Greek person, ever

It’s all Greek to me!

– Everyone who’s tried to learn Greek!

Greek quotes - As you set out for Ithaca, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery - Kavafis

Quotes for Greek culture and Greek people

Ah, the Greeks! Enthusiastic, passionate, heroic, warm-blooded. Let’s have a look at some famous quotes for Greek culture:

The Greek might admit that honesty is the best policy, but he tries everything else first.

– Will Durant, American writer, historian, and philosopher

Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. In South America, they throw flowers to you. In Greece, Greeks throw themselves.

– Melina Mercouri

The world is the expanding Greece and Greece is the shrinking world.

– Victor Hugo, French writer

Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks!

– Winston Churchill, British statesman

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.

– George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist

 There are two kinds of people. Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.

– My big fat Greek wedding

You know, it is said that we Greeks are a fervent and warm-blooded breed. Well, let me tell you something – it is true.

– Melina Mercouri

Get ready for wine, raki, and getting hand-fed by strangers.

– Anthony Bourdain, American celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian

In Greece, people have a quality of life. People here live beautifully.

– Otto Rehhagel, German football coach and player

If Greece is destroyed completely, an olive tree, a vine, and a boat will remain. That is enough to rebuild her from the beginning.

– Odysseus Elytis

Famous Greek quotes - I hope nothing - I fear nothing - I am free - Nikos Kazantzakis

Quotes about the Greek Gods and ancient Greek culture

Ancient Greeks believed in the 12 Gods of Mount Olympus, like Zeus, Athena, Apollo and Poseidon. They built luxurious temples to worship them, and organized various athletic and artistic events. Here are a few quotes about the Greek Gods:

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, American author

Greece is the home of the gods; they may have died but their presence still makes itself felt. The gods were of human proportion: they were created out of the human spirit.

– Henry Miller

If I’d been born in ancient Greece, I’d worship Zeus and Aphrodite.

– Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist and author

I descended from the top of Olympus, and, a God in a human shape, I surveyed the earth. ’Twere an endless task to enumerate how great an amount of guilt was everywhere discovered.

– Henry Thomas Riley, English translator and lexicographer

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

– Rick Riordan

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, American journalist and novelist

Greek quotes about travel

Travel, adventure, wanderlust… It’s not just Odysseus who liked to travel. Here are a few Greek sayings about travel:

I know that each one of us travels to love alone, alone to faith and to death.

– Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet 

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.

– Lawrence Durrell

Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.

– Euripides, Ancient Greek tragedian

As you set out for Ithaca, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.

– Konstantinos Kavafis, Greek poet

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.

– Aristotle Onassis, Greek tycoon

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

Inspirational Greek quotes - My God, how much blue you spend so we cannot see you! - Odysseus Elytis

Greek quotes about fear, passion and freedom

Is fear holding you back from doing the things you want? Have a look at these inspirational quotes, and you may see things under a different light!

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

– Nikos Kazantzakis

Never start a job, a battle, or a relationship, if the fear of losing overshadows the prospect of success.

– Aristotle Onassis

A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.

– Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you’ll create the talent.

– Yanni

Reach what you cannot.

– Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

Various quotes about Greece

Finally, here are a few more quotes about Greece:

I sometimes think that only being torn to pieces can keep us whole.

– Yiannis Ritsos

Alors, c’ est la guerre! (Well, then it’s war). 

– Ioannis Metaxas, Greek Prime Minister – Here is more information about this historic phrase: OXI day in Greece

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

– Nikos Kazantzakis

The best things in life, the very best things happen unexpectedly.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – A fun musical, one of the many movies about Greece

FAQs about famous Greek quotes

Here are some popular questions about quotes of Greece:

What is a famous Greek quote?

Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, famously said: Everything flows.

What is Greece known for?

Greece is known for its long history, its famous philosophers, the ancient temples and its beautiful islands. It’s also known as the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy.

What is a quote about the Parthenon?

Melina Mercouri, the famous Greek actress and politician, said: In the world over, the very name of our country is immediately associated with the Parthenon.

Why is Greece so special?

Greece offers a unique combination of long history, beautiful landscapes, lovely beaches, warm people and great food.

What is a quote by Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher?

One of the best quotes by Aristotle is: Happiness depends upon ourselves.

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