41 Important Athena Quotes From Classic Literature

Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom.

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Athena is a member of the Greek Gods of Olympus and the daughter of Zeus.

Born to such powerful parents, she is a master of many arts and is immortal. She became the patron God of the city of Athens after defeating Poseidon.

Athena is also the sister of Ares, Artemis, Aphrodite, and more famous deities. She is the daughter of the Titan Metis, and she is one of the characters in 'The Odyssey'. She stands for wisdom, war, and courage. She excels in war strategy and crafting. She has invented many things and devised many more plans to help those who have had the chance to have her look over them. The Goddess possesses both physical powers like her mom and the king of the Olympian gods, and sharp acumen. She had fallen in love with Hephaestus and was the mother of Erichthonius. She killed Ares in the battle of Troy. Her temple still stands in the Acropolis of Athens and is something you can definitely consider visiting with your family. The olive tree was a symbol of Athens because Athena offered that as a gift to the people living there.

If you find our content interesting, why not look at 'The Odyssey' quotes or 'Iliad' quotes.

Quotes About The Goddess Of Wisdom From 'The Odyssey'

The 'Odyssey' mentions the Goddess Athena many times.

Goddess Athena is referenced multiple times in the 'The Odyssey'. Here are a few Athena quotations in the Odyssey and quotes about the Goddess from Olympus.

1. "And now am I come, for of a truth men said that he, your father, was among his people; but look, the Gods are frustrating him of his return."

- Athena.

2. "They made libation to the gods,

the undying, the ever-new, most of all to the grey-eyed daughter of Zeus.

And the prow sheared through the night into the dawn."

- Homer.

3. "The rose Dawn might have found them weeping still had not grey-eyed Athena slowed the night when night was most profound, and held the Dawn under the Ocean of the East."

- Homer.

4. "Surely, then, no nameless lineage have the Gods appointed for you in time to come, seeing that Penelope bore you such as you are."

- Athena.

5. "[Athena] gave no all-out turning of the tide, not yet, she kept on testing Odysseus and his gallant son, putting their force and fighting heart to proof."

- Homer.

6. "Stop me now no longer, when I am eager to be gone, and whatever gift your heart orders you give me, give it when I come back, to bear to my home, choosing a right beautiful one; it shall bring you its worth in return."

- Athena.

7. "Come, weave us a scheme so I can pay them back! Stand beside me, Athena, fire me with daring, fierce as the day we ripped Troy's glittering crown of towers down."

- Homer.

8. "Stand by me - furious now as then, my bright-eyed one -and I would fight three hundred men, great goddess, with you to brace me, comrade-in-arms in battle!"

- Homer.

9. "The Goddess thus the imperial car ascends; Shook by her arm the mighty javelin bends, Ponderous and huge; that when her fury burns, Proud tyrants humbles, and whole hosts overturns."

- Homer.

Quotes About The Goddess Athena By Famous Characters And Personalities

From being written about in the 'Percy Jackson' series with her daughter eating pizza like a normal girl to even being Percy's girlfriend, from having the modern high school experience that a teen girl would have, and mentioned in a book, Athena can be found everywhere even today.  Here are more of the best quotes about her including her most famous quote!

10. "Then Prometheus, in his perplexity as to what preservation he could devise, stole from Hephaestus and Athena wisdom in the arts together with fire -- since by no means without fire could it be acquired or helpfully used by any -- and he handed it there and then as a gift to man."

- Plato.

11. "Whenever I asked, she'd say, "You had no father. I'm your father. You sprang full-blown from my forehead, like Athena.'"

- Janet Fitch.

12. "They went to university because someone, at a time when universities seemed important, said that in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree. And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors, and writers."

- Paulo Coelho.

13. "Wisdom's daughter walks alone. The mark of Athena burns through Rome."

- Rick Riordan.

14. "Athena always, always has a plan."

- Rick Riordan.

15. "Athena: You wish to be called righteous rather than act right. [...] I say, wrong must not win by technicalities."

- Aeschylus.

16. "When Athena falls in love, it's purely intellectual. It's a meeting of minds. The purest kind of love."

- Rick Riordan.

17. "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 least the ancient Greeks were being honest."

- Chuck Palahniuk.

18. "If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff?"

- Rick Riordan.

19. "'I am Zeus's favourite child.' Her smile beamed. Apollo's blue eyes rolled."

- Jennifer L. Armentrout, 'Sentinel: The Fifth Covenant Novel'.

20. "'Trust me, I pick my generals well. Priapus doesn't stand a chance.'"

- Sarah A. Hoyt.

21. "Love simply is. That is the testament of Athena or Sherine or Hagia Sofia - love is. No definitions. Love and don't ask too many questions. Just love."

- Paulo Coehlo.

22. "Hers was a beauty so pure that it was nearly painful to behold--Athena heading out on a Friday night."

- Jim Butcher.

23. "I once warned you, Percy Jackson, that to save a friend you would destroy the world. Perhaps I was mistaken. You seemed to have saved both your friends and the world."

- Athena, 'Percy Jackson And The Olympians'.

24. People respond to political characters in archetypal ways. A fun game is to think of a politician and ask, "Which god is that? Are they like Aries? Are they like Athena?"

- Zephyr Teachout.

25. "Athena: There are two sides to this dispute. I've heard only one half the argument. (...) So you two parties, summon your witnesses, set out your proofs, with sworn evidence to back your stories.."

- Aeschylus.

26. "'It's one of my inventions-a shampoo,' Athena explained. 'Anyway, I didn't know it would do’-she gestured toward the snakes-‘that'."

- Joan Holub.

27. "Wisdom's daughter walks alone. That didn't just mean without other people, Annabeth realized. It meant without any special powers."

- Rick Riordan.

28. "Where's Grover?"

- Rick Riordan.

29. "I've been waiting a long time for a quest, seaweed brain," she said. "Athena is no fan of Poseidon, but if you're going to save the world, I'm the best person to keep you from messing up."

- Rick Riordan.

30. "The woman is Athena," Devon said. "According to myth, she invented the bridle and was the first ever to tame a horse."

- Lisa Kleypas.

Athena Quotes From 'The Iliad' That You Can Read With Your Friend

Athena plays a major role in Homer's 'The Iliad' by working as an architect planning

The Goddess supports the Achaeans with power and strategy in 'The Iliad' and fights for them in the Trojan War because of her mistrust caused by Paris, who was responsible for stealing Helen from Menelaus. She is a friend in need. As soon as she was asked by her father to help them, she immediately left Olympus for the ships to go give them a hand and teach the Trojans a lesson. One more reason written in the book is that the Greek Gods initially fought among each other, and eventually other characters and the city of Troy got involved because of a feud between the Gods. Here are some more examples of Athena quotes from Homer's writing.

31. "Athena winged a heron close to their path

And veering right. Neither man could see it

Scanning the night sky, they only heard its cry."

- Homer.

32. "Father of us all, you son of Cronus, high above all lords, if indeed this is now well-pleasing to the blessed Gods, that the wise Ulysses should return to his own home, let us send forth Hermes, the messenger, Argeiphontes, to the island Ogygia, that with all speed he may declare to the fair-tressed nymph our fixed decision, even the return of Ulysses of the constant heart, that he may come home."

- Athena.

34. "Among mortal men

you're far the best at tactics, spinning yarns,

and I am famous among the gods for wisdom,

cunning wiles, too."

- Athena.

35. "[In] silence you must bear a world of pain, subject yourself to the cruel abuse of men."

- Athena.

36. "But quickly, order Athena down to battle now, into the killing-ground of Trojans and Achaeans- and see that the Trojans break the sworn truce first and trample on the Argives in their triumph!"

- Homer.

Best Athena Quotes

Her being a good or a bad Goddess is up for debate, but she seemed to care and support the people who depended on her for strength, courage, and power. Here are some more of the best quotes on the Goddess who becomes the patron Goddess of Athens after Poseidon lost to her in a contest.

37. May the strength of Ares and wisdom of Athena see you through. (Eros) And may Hades roast your hoary soul. (Julian)

- Sherrilyn Kenyon.

38. "Attina- Ariel didn't spell out the sign; she moved her hand to suggest the robes of a goddess, the sign for Athena, for whom her sister was named."

- Liz Braswell.

39. "I could not bring myself to fight my Father's brother,

Poseidon, quaking with anger at you, still enraged."

- Athena, 'The Odyssey'.

40. "Be of good cheer, and let not these things distress your heart."

- Athena, 'The Odyssey'.

41. "Let them all die so, all who do such things.

But my heart breaks for Odysseus,

That seasoned veteran cursed by fate so long—

Far from his loved ones still, he suffers torments."

- Athena, 'The Odyssey'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Athena quotes then why not take a look at Greek quotes, or Achilles quotes.


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