75 Incredibly Wanderlust-Fueling Quotes about Greece

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Looking for beautiful travel quotes about Greece? Here are the most wanderlust-fueling quotes about Athens, Greek islands like Santorini and Mykonos, Greek food, and more!


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

2. “The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being.” – Henry Miller

3. “I want to go to Italy and France; those are my two places. And I really want to go to Greece. I’ve seen so many pictures on Airbnb that make me think I should be living there. I could eat great salads and be on a boat.” – Mary Lambert

4. “If I could go anywhere, I’d love to visit Greece someday because it looks so beautiful.” – Laurie Hernandez

5. “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

6. “Greece is a good place for rebirths.” – Judith Martin

Greece quotes - Greece is a good place for rebirths

7. “The center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization.” – Stephen Gardiner

8. “Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. In South America, they throw flowers to you. In Greece, Greeks throw themselves.” – Melina Mercouri

9. “Student journeys which were important to me were Sicily, Greece, and Egypt, where I really saw these buildings, and that is where you’re able to grasp what things mean.” – Ben Nicholson

10. “Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.” – Tadao Ando

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

12. “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 vacation quotes - quote about moving to Greece

13. “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

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

15. “And then God said, let there be Greece.” – Unknown

16. “In Greece, we’re too poor to go to psychiatrists – we have friends instead.” – Melina Mercouri

17. “The problem with Greece is that she’s just too beautiful.” – Unknown

18. “Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

quote about sailing the Aegean Sea

19. “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

20. “Greece is a good place to look at the moon, isn’t it?” – Kari Hesthamar

21. “In Greece, people have a quality of life. People here live beautifully.” – Otto Rehhagel

22. “Greece appears to be the fountain of knowledge; Rome of elegance.” – Samuel Johnson

23. “The world is the expanding Greece and Greece is the shrinking world.” – Victor Hugo

24. “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

Greece quote by Odysseus Elytis

25. “The spirit of Greece, passing through and ascending above the world, hath so animated universal nature, that the very rocks and woods, the very torrents and wilds burst forth with it.” – Walter Savage Landor

26. “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

27. “The sea was sapphire colored, and the sky
Burned like a heated opal through the air;
We hoisted sail; the wind was blowing fair
For the blue lands that to the eastward lie.
From the steep prow I marked with quickening eye
Zakynthos, every olive grove and creek,
Ithaca’s cliff, Lycaon’s snowy peak,
And all the flower-strewn hills of Arcady.
The flapping of the sail against the mast,
The ripple of the water on the side,
The ripple of girls’ laughter at the stern,
The only sounds:- when ‘gan the West to burn,
And a red sun upon the seas to ride,
I stood upon the soil of Greece at last!” – Oscar Wilde

28. “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

Greece quote by Patrick Leigh Fermor

29. “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

30. “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

31. “I’m looking at the sea on the wall, and even though it’s a copy of a copy of the Aegean, I wish you would grab me and take me to Greece.” – Analicia Sotelo

32. “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

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

Greece quote by Henry Miller

34. “Contemporary travelers to the Greek Isles come for myriad reasons and find a dazzling array of unexpected delights, for each of the more than three thousand islands has its own particular character. From the larger, bustling islands of Crete, Rhodes, and the island nation of Cyprus to the quieter havens of Folegandros and Kárpathos, to the hundreds of tiny, uninhabited islets of the region, 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

35. “It is no wonder that historians trace the birth of Western civilization to these jewels of the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean seas. The Greek Isles are home to wide-ranging and far-reaching cultural traditions and mythic tales, not to mention the colorful history and unforgettable vistas that still draw thousands of tourists to the region every year.” – Laura Brooks

36. “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

Greece quote by Laura Brooks


37. “In the world over, the very name of our country is immediately associated with the Parthenon.” – Melina Mercouri

38. “Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence.” – John Milton

39. “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

40. “Let there be light! Said Liberty, And like sunrise from the sea, Athens arose!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

42. “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 setting sun, as if posing for a picture.” – Donald Hall

43. “You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest symbol of excellence. They are a tribute to the democratic philosophy. They are our aspirations and our name. They are the essence of Greekness.” – Melina Mercouri

44. “Earth proudly wears the Parthenon as the best gem upon her zone.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote about the Parthenon


45. “I knew that no matter what door you knock on in a Cretan village, it will be opened for you. A meal will be served in your honor, and you will sleep between the best sheets in the house. In Crete, the stranger is still the unknown god. Before him, all doors and all hearts are opened.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

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

47. “My favorite place to write is at my desk in my house in the mountains of Crete. I produce more there because one big distraction is missing: the Internet.” – Neal Asher

48. “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 a human being, and at the same time tremble.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

Quote about Crete

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49. “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

50. “I truly enjoyed Greece – Santorini. That’s somewhere that I always want to be.” – Kendall Jenner

51. “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

52. “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

Quote about Santorini


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

54. “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

55. “We’re often wrong at predicting who or what will transform us. Encountering certain people, books, music, places, or ideas … at just the right time can immediately make our lives happier, richer, more beautiful, resonant, or meaningful. When it happens, we feel a kind of instant love for them, both deep and abiding. Now and then it can be something as trifling as a children’s book, a returned telephone call, or a night at a seaside bar in Mykonos.” – Jonathan Carroll

56. “I felt like a pilgrim upon a rare and spiritual planet landing the soil of Mykonos, I ensured it could give me a high inspiration for a next new epic, which was machining inside my inner brains.” – Nithin Purple

57. “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

quote about Mykonos

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58. “Part of why I love Greek food so much is that it is simple, but it’s unpretentious. It’s authentic.” – Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark

59. Greeks use food for everyday gatherings. Cooking is a big part of our lives. We want to show people our hospitality.” – Ioanna Hawkins

60. “My Mom always cooked healthy. Greek food lends itself to cooking healthy.” – Cat Cora

61. “My favorite power food is Greek yogurt and honey.” – Misty May Treanor

62. “I love Greek food in the summer.” – Antoni Porowski

63. “I’ve got my huge Greek family. I mean, I don’t know how many cousins I have – I can’t even keep track. There are just so many of us, and we love all Greek food – we have Greek night every Sunday night.” – Elena Kampouris

64. “Right now I’d love to be sitting on a Greek island somewhere because of being Greek American, eating great octopus salad, and some fantastic lamb. Or sipping a little ouzo. I think the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest… Lots of nuts, vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, lean meats, yogurt.” – Cat Cora

65. “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

quote about Greeks


66. “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

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

68. “When you set sail for Ithaca,
wish for the road to be long,
full of adventures, full of knowledge.” – C.P. Cavafy

69. “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

70. “Greek is a musical and prolific language, that gives a soul to the objects of sense, and a body to the abstractions of philosophy.” – Edward Gibbon

quote about Greek language

71. “The Greek language seems different than other languages. I’m not the only person to think this. Usually, I come up with some kind of dopey metaphor for why it’s different. But it seems, somehow, more original, more like being in the morning of language.” – Anne Carson

72. “The Greek language has the best mathematical structure and it will be used for new generation of most sophisticated computers, because only in Greek language there are no limits.” – Bill Gates

73. “Get ready for wine, raki, and getting hand-fed by strangers.” – Anthony Bourdain

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

75. “There are two kinds of people – Greeks, and everyone else who wish they were Greek.” – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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About Or Amir

Hey, I'm Or! I'm a passionate traveler with a severe coffee, chocolate, and pastry addiction (or any other carb for that matter). Obsessed with anything Spain-related, I'm always planning my next trip (and the excitement alone can bring tears to my eyes, not that it's difficult to make me cry).

2 thoughts on “75 Incredibly Wanderlust-Fueling Quotes about Greece”

  1. I have never been to Greece, but have been dreaming of island hopping and eating all the Greek foods someday! Reading through some of these quotes and seeing the pictures makes the itch to visit even stronger!


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