Quotes About Hermes

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Rick Riordan
“You weren't able to talk sense into him?"
Well, we kind of tried to kill each other in a duel to the death."
I see. You tried the diplomatic approach.”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius for inventing the internet-"
"You invented the internet?"
It was my idea, Martha said.
Rats are delicious, George said.
"It was my idea!" Hermes said. "I mean the internet, not the rats. But that's not the point.”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“Hermes smiled. "I knew a boy once ... oh, younger than you by far. A mere baby, really."
Here we go again, George said. Always talking about himself.
Quiet! Martha snapped. Do you want to get set on vibrate?
Hermes ignored them. "One night, when this boy's mother wasn't watching, he sneaked out of their cave and stole some cattle that belonged to Apollo."
"Did he get blasted to tiny pieces?" I asked.
"Hmm ... no. Actually, everything turned out quite well. To make up for his theft, the boy gave Apollo an instrument he'd invented-a lyre. Apollo was so enchanted with the music that he forgot all about being angry."
So what's the moral?"
"The moral?" Hermes asked. "Goodness, you act like it's a fable. It's a true story. Does truth have a moral?"
"Um ..."
"How about this: stealing is not always bad?"
"I don't think my mom would like that moral."
Rats are delicious, suggested George.
What does that have to do with the story? Martha demanded.
Nothing, George said. But I'm hungry.
"I've got it," Hermes said. "Young people don't always do what they're told, but if they can pull it off and do something wonderful, sometimes they escape punishment. How's that?”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“I gotta say"—Apollo broke the silence—"these kids did okay." He cleared his throat and began to recite: "Heroes win laurels—"

Um, yes, first class," Hermes interrupted, like he was anxious to avoid Apollo's poetry.”
Rick Riordan, The Titan's Curse

Rick Riordan
“George unhinged his jaw and coughed up a little plastic bottle filled with chewable vitamins.

"You're kidding," I said. "Are those Minotaur-shaped?"

Hermes picked up the bottle and rattled it. "The lemon ones, yes. The grape ones are Furies, I think. Or are they hydras? At any rate, these are potent."

Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“hermes has threatened me with slow mail. lousy Internet service and a horrible stock market if i publish this story. I hope he is just bluffing.”
Rick Riordan, The Demigod Diaries

Rick Riordan
“Hermes gazed up at the stars. "My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet-"
"You invented the Internet?"
It was my idea, Martha said.
Rats are delicious, George said.
"It was my idea!" Hermes said. "I mean the Internet, not the rats.”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“Hermes's eyes twinkled. "Martha, may I have the first package, please?"
Martha opened her mouth ... and kept opening it until it was as wide as my arm. She belched out a stainless steel canister-an old-fashioned lunch box thermos with a black plastic top. The sides of the thermos were enameled with red and yellow Ancient Greek scenes-a hero killing a lion; a hero lifting up Cerberus, the three-headed dog.
"That's Hercules," I said. "But how-"
"Never question a gift," Hermes chided. "This is a collector's item from Hercules Busts Heads. The first season."
"Hercules Busts Heads?"
"Great show." Hermes sighed. "Back before Hephaestus-TV was all reality programming. Of course, the thermos would be worth much more if I had the whole lunch box-”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“The jogger sighed. He pulled out his phone and my eyes got big, because it glowed with a bluish light. When he extended the antenna, two creatures began writhing around it-green snakes, no bigger than earthworms.

The jogger didn't seem to notice. He checked his LCD display and cursed. "I've got to take this. Just a sec ..." Then into the phone: "Hello?" He listened. The mini-snakes writhed up and down the antenna right next to his ear.

Yeah," the jogger said. "Listen-I know, but... I don't care if he is chained to a rock with vultures pecking at his liver, if he doesn't have a tracking number, we can't locate his package....A gift to humankind, great... You know how many of those we deliver-Oh, never mind. Listen, just refer him to Eris in customer service. I gotta go.”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“Percy Jackson," Hermes said, "because you have taken on the curse of Achilles, I must spare you. You are in the hands of the Fates now. But you will never speak to me like that again. You have no idea how much I have sacrificed, how much—"
His voice broke, and he shrank back to human size. "My son, my greatest pride . . . my poor May . . ."
He sounded so devastated I didn't know what to say. One minute he was ready to vaporize us. Now he looked like he needed a hug.”
Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

Rick Riordan
“Curse Hermes and his multi-vitamins!”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan
“He raised an eyebrow. "You claim not to know me? Of course I'm Thoth. Also called Djehuti. Also called--"
I [Sadie] stifled a laugh. "Ja-hooty?"
Thoth looked offended. "In Ancient Egyptian, it's a perfectly fine name. The Greeks called me Thoth. Then later they confused me with their god Hermes. Even had the nerve to rename my sacred city Hermopolis, though we're nothing alike. Believe me, if you've ever met Hermes--”
Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

Rick Riordan
“Hermes's shoulders sagged. "They'll try, Percy. Oh, we'll all try to keep our promise. And maybe for a while things will get better. But we gods have never been good at keeping oaths. You were born because of a broken promise, eh? Eventually we'll become forgetful. We always do."
"You can change."
Hermes laughed. "After three thousand years, you think the gods can change their nature?"
"Yeah," I said. "I do.”
Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

Molly Ringle
“Hermes visited him in the Underworld a few days before the spring equinox festival, cajoling Hades to come to it.

Hades wandered across the fields with him, Kerberos limping along at his side. “No one wants the god of death at their fertility festival.”

“Sure they do. I’ve heard plenty of girls sighing over your tasty darkness.”

“Tasty darkness. Really.”
Molly Ringle, Persephone's Orchard

Karl Kerényi
“Kerényi was as aware as anybody today of the territorial limits of Greek myths and of the non-importability of Hermes. He writes: “In his ‘such-ness,’ he is an historical fact that cannot, by strict and honest historical means, be reduced to something else: neither to a concept, to a ‘power,’ nor to a ‘spirit’ – a gravestone or signpost spirit – not even to an idea that would not contain in a nutshell everything that Hermes’ ‘such-ness’ constitutes.” …

Working more in Hermes’ own sleight of hand way, Kerényi is soon saying things like this: “If a god is ‘idea’ and ‘world,’ he remains nonetheless in connection with the world that contains all such ‘worlds’; he can only be an ‘aspect of the world,’ while the world of which he is an aspect possesses such idea-aspects.” Now, if you will let Kerényi get away with a statement like that – and I hope you will – you will end up owning the Brooklyn Bridge. … Kerényi’s Hermes is the only one that is going to rob you or enrich you, enlighten you or screw you. …

“Guide of Souls” is the usual translation given to the Hermes-epithet “Psychopompos” and it refers to his role as the god who leads souls into the underworld when they die. But πομπóς (still present in every French funeral store’s “Pompes funèbres” description of itself) is more than guide, and even more than guide to the underworld. It means to lead, but Hermes as leader is not quite right either. It means something more like to lead on. Hermes is the god who “leads you on.” … This means he is deceiving you, taking advantage of your gullibility, “taking you for a ride.” That, however, is how Hermes works, and how he gets your soul to move anywhere, how he gets you to budge even a hair off whatever you’re in … .

… Go ahead and buy the Brooklyn Bridge from this man. Be had. Be incorrect. Be foolish. You pay with your soul for this kind of reading. And Hermes does not take plastic.”
Karl Kerényi, Hermes: Guide of Souls

Molly Ringle
“Hermes, we love you," Hades said, "but you rarely do as you're told, and you always do as you wish, and I haven't the slightest idea what you'd do with an immortality fruit, but I'm sure it would be both creative and disastrous.”
Molly Ringle, Underworld's Daughter

Victor Grignard
“On the terrace of the Pepiniere, the 150 pupils of the Institut Chemique talk chemistry as they leave the auditoria and the laboratory. The echoes of the magnificent public garden of the city of Nancy make the words reverberate; coupling, condensation, grignardization. Moreover, their clothes stay impregnated with strong and characteristic odours; we follow the initiates of Hermes by their scent. In such an environment, how is it possible not to be productive?”
Victor Grignard

Jean Shinoda Bolen
“O pilar e o anel em forma de círculo representam os princípios masculino e feminino. Na Grécia antiga o pilar era o "hérnia" que ficava do lado de fora da casa representando Hermes, enquanto a lareira redonda no interior simbolizava Héstia. Na índia e em outras partes do leste, o pilar e o círculo ficam "copulados". O lingam, ou símbolo fálico, penetra o yoni ou anel feminino, o qual se estende sobre ele como num jogo infantil de arremesso de argolas. Lá o pilar e o círculo juntavam-se, enquanto os gregos e os romanos conservavam esses mesmos dois símbolos de Hermes e Héstia relacionados, mas à parte. Para enfatizar mais essa separação, Héstia é uma deusa virgem que nunca será penetrada, como também a mais velha deusa olímpica. Ela é tia solteirona de Hermes considerado como o mais jovem deus olímpico - uma união altamente improvável.
Desde os tempos gregos as culturas ocidentais têm enfatizado a dualidade, uma divisão ou diferenciação entre masculino e feminino, mente e corpo, logos e eros, ativo e receptivo, que depois se tornaram valores superiores e inferiores, respectivamente. Quando Héstia e Hermes eram ambos honrados nos lares e templos, os valores femininos de Héstia eram os mais importantes, e ela recebia as mais altas honras. Na época havia uma dualidade complementar. Héstia desde então foi desvalorizada e esquecida. Seus fogos sagrados não são mais cuidados e o que ela representa não é mais honrado.
Quando os valores femininos de Héstia são esquecidos e desonrados, a importância do santuário interior, interiorização para encontrar significado e paz, e da família como santuário e fonte de calor ficam diminuídos ou são perdidos. Além disso, o sentimento de uma ligação básica com os outros desaparece, como desaparece também a necessidade dos cidadãos de uma cidade, país ou da terra se ligarem por um elo espiritual comum.
Num nível místico, os arquétipos de Héstia e de Hermes se relacionam através da imagem do fogo sagrado no centro. Hermes-Mercúrio era o espírito alquímico Mercúrio, imaginado como fogo elementar. Tal fogo era considerado a fonte do conhecimento místico, simbolicamente localizado no centro da Terra.
Héstia e Hermes representam idéias arquetípicas do espírito e da alma. Hermes é o espírito que põe fogo na alma. Nesse contexto, Hermes é como o vento que sopra a brasa no centro da lareira, fazendo-a acender-se. Do mesmo modo, as idéias podem excitar sentimentos profundos, ou as palavras podem tornar consciente o que foi inarticuladamente conhecido e iluminado o que foi obscuramente percebido.”
Jean Shinoda Bolen, Goddesses in Everywoman

Dayna S. Rubin
“Take it all, all of it!" Greg cried out. "These things here...I've been making them better, fixing them. It doesn't matter...they don't matter. I've been here before." He paused to try to collect himself. "It's my past, my present...these things--" He lifted a hand out to the objects around him. "These things are me." Now whispering, "Can't you see me?”
Dayna S. Rubin, Running Parallel

Molly Ringle
“You're welcome to as much wine as you can drink, Ares."

...[Ares] watched two bare-breasted women stroll by. "Am I welcome to your worshippers as well?"

"If they'll have you. Force yourself on anyone, though, and the cat gets to gnaw on your anatomy." Dionysos nodded to Agria, who prowled around the crowd. "Those are the rules."

Ares smirked. ... "No problem there. I'm very persuasive."

Hermes shook his head at Dionysos and mouthed in comical exaggeration, *No, he's not.*”
Molly Ringle, Underworld's Daughter

Molly Ringle
“Hekate smacked the mirror down. "I'd never fancy you," she retorted to Hermes. "And if you ever try to kiss me, I'll--I'll keep a snake hidden in my clothes and make it bite you. On the lips. And on both ears."

"See, your threats are still age twelve," Hermes said. "I'll help you work on that.”
Molly Ringle, Underworld's Daughter

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