Looking to travel to beautiful Greece? These Greece quotes may add some inspiration and spur on a sense of wanderlust for this beautiful country on your next vacation to Europe!
I have to say, our first-ever trip to Greece blew us away. It far exceeded all our expectations and I still dream of returning back soon! From gorgeous historic Athens, we embarked on a Greece island-hopping adventure where we visited Mykonos, Naxos, and then gorgeous Santorini, all over a 3 week period in total. It was idyllic, to say the least.
I often reminisce about the amazing holiday we spent in the Greek isles and often recommend anyone interested to plan a trip there, to absolutely do so. If you too, want to explore this incredible country, then read on and consider these 34 quotes about Greece, which will no doubt inspire you to book your trip asap!
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- Lastly, don’t forget about travel insurance for your trip!
Pssst…Before you jet off to idyllic Greece, be sure you have all your essentials packed by reading our European packing guide.
Quotes About Greece’s Beauty
If you have ever wanted to know more about Greece, from some of the most beautiful Greek landmarks to the stunning beaches of Crete or Rhodes to Greek Mythology, here are some of the most inspiring quotes about Greece that are sure to have you packing your bags.
“The problem with Greece is that she’s just too beautiful.” – Unknown
“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
“It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.” – Henry Miller
“When God was handing out the lands on earth he called the representatives of all tribes to meet at noon on a certain date. After a night of revelry, the Greeks showed up late only to find out God had already allocated each tribe its land. As usual, the Greeks grumbled, so finally, God conceded. “There are no more lots available except one I had kept for myself“ – and he gave them Greece. Truth or fiction, this is truly a blessed land.” – Unknown
“You know you’re in Greece when you feel a unique, indescribable, out of this world euphoria being there and a deep sadness when you’re leaving.” – Unknown
“Greece is a good place to look at the moon, isn’t it.” – Kari Hesthamar
“I want to have an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ experience where I drop off the face of the planet and move to Greece.” – Jennifer Hyman
“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence, native to famous wits.” – John Milton
“Greece was a muse. It inspired creativity in magical ways that I can’t even begin to understand or explain.” – Joe Bonamassa
“The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being.” – Henry Miller
“One of the purest joys that man can afford in this world is to visit the Aegean Sea in the spring, with a breath of light breeze; I have never been able to imagine paradise in any other way. This joy grows right upside down, but God does not allow it to escalate so that the beloved visible world does not disappear with it, on the contrary, the invisible world becomes visible, and what we call God and eternal life and bliss join us on the ship and accompany us on the voyage. In the bitter hour of your death, close your eyes, and you will see Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
“Greece is a good place for rebirths.” – Judith Martin
Tempting Santorini Quotes
Here are some of our top reasons why you should visit Santorini, Greece. Attesting to its romantic air, these quotes about Santorini beautifully capture the essence of this magical place.
“On a summers 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 unequaled anywhere other than Santorini, in my humble opinion.” – Phil Simpkin
“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
“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
Inspiring Athens Quotes
Athens is known for its incredible history, delicious cuisine, and fascinating sights such as the Acropolis. On our trip to Greece, we opted to spend 2 days in Athens, and it was the perfect amount of time for us to skim over all the major attractions around the city, although I would love to return and explore more!
With so many top things to see and do in Athens, Greece, it’s no wonder that the city has acted as a muse and inspiration for so many. Here are some interesting quotes about Athens!
“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.” – John Milton
“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
“Of the many smells of Athens two seem to me the most characteristic – that of garlic, bold and deadly like acetylene gas. and that of dust, soft and warm and caressing like tweed.” – Evelyn Waugh
“Let there be light! Said Liberty, and like sunrise from the sea, Athens arose!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
“In the world over, the very name of our country is immediately associated with the Parthenon.” – Melina Mercouri
Quotes About Greek Culture
Greek culture is unlike any other. Characterized by literature, arts, wine, and of course, food, Greece is a cultural haven as these quotes about Greeks will surely attest to.
“Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. In South America, they throw flowers to you. In Greece, Greeks throw themselves.” – Melina Mercouri
“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
“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
“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
“In Greece, people have a quality of life. People here live beautifully.” – Otto Rehhagel
“There are two kinds of people – Greeks, and everyone else who wish they were Greek.” – My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Quotes About Ancient Greece
As is with its culture, Greece is known for its elaborate and interesting history. Ancient Greece is largely responsible for the wonders of mathematics, philosophy, religion, astronomy, democracy and mythology. Read these wonderful Greece quotes!
“In many ways we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece.” – Nia Vardalos
“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
“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
“You can’t swing a cat in Ancient Greece without hitting one of Zeus’s ex-girlfriends.” – Rick Riordan
Quotes About Greek Mythology
From Zeus to Poseidon, and Aphrodite to Athena, the Greeks are known for their strong beliefs in gods, goddesses and heroes. It’s no wonder then that so many quotes on Greece include these mythical gods!
“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
“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
“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