"Beauty is that Medusa's head which men go armed to seek and sever, and dead will starve and sting forever."
- Archibald MacLeish
"...under Poseidon's blows, gale winds and tons of sea, few men can keep alive through a big serf to crawl."
- Homer, The Odyssey
"Humans had a saying: 'mess with the bull and get the horns'. Well, Harpies had a saying, too - mess with a Harpy and die."
- Gena Showalter
"If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur."
- Pablo Picasso
"Try an' get a straight answer out of a centaur. Ruddy stargazers. Not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon."
- J. K. Rowling
"She was usually pictured as a young woman dressed in white that roamed field bounds. She assailed folk working at noon causing heatstrokes and aches in the neck. Sometimes she even caused madness."
"Arachne had gotten into trouble because of pride. She'd bragged about her tapestries being better than Athena's, which had led to Mount Olympus's first reality TV punishment program: 'So You Think You Can Weave Better Than a Goddess?' Arachne had lost in a big way."
- Rick Riordan
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Mighty Atlas who holds aloft on his shoulders the heavenly firmament . . . Atlas who props the starry sky."
"The hunt of the unicorn. The evaluation of our souls."
Mark T. Smith
"...to slip beneath the surface and soar along the silent bottom of the sea, agile and shining in water honeycombed with light."
- Ellen Meloy
"She is Pele-honua-mea, Pele of the Sacred Land...the eater of land, when she devours the land with her flames. She who rules the volcanoes of Hawai'i, and Mankind has no power to resist her. When Pele is heard from, her word is the final word."
- Herb Kawainui Kane
"A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart."
"I'm like a phoenix. I rise from the ashes."
- Bess Myerson
"The Lammasu represent the zodiacs, parent-stars, or constellations, they encompass all life within them."
- Natalia Klimczak
"Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls his watery labyrinth, which whoso drinks forgets both joy and grief."
- John Milton
"With each stolid snip, our free will is stripped, as Fate's fluid flames are fanned. Life's thread is spun, measured, and snipped To weave the cold words of life's fickle script."
- Heather Ober, 'Three Fates'
"This self-existing energy is called 'wind horse' in the Shambhala teachings. The 'wind' principle is that the energy of basic goodness is strong and exuberant...But at the same time, basic goodness can be ridden, which is the principle of the horse. In some sense the horse is never tamed. But you can invoke and provoke the energy of basic goodness in your life."
- Chogyam Trungpa
"My men like satyrs grazing on the lawns, shall with their goat-feet dance an antic hay."
- Christopher Marlowe
"The blade itself gleamed like a beacon in the night.The sword was glowing from the intensity of its strength and power and knowledge that it was justice incarnate, and that after a slumber of uncounted years its time had again come."
"The Cyclopes do not concern themselves over Zeus of the aegis, nor any of the rest of the blessed gods, since we are far better than they."
"Thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees. In some melodious plot of beechen green, and shadows numberless. Singest of summer in full-throated ease.”"
- John Keats
"Perseus laid ambush for the sentinel eye of Phorcys, the ball of the sleepless eye of the Graiai, that passed from hand to hand, giving each her share under the wing of sleep in turn."