Prometheus Quotes

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Rick Riordan
“This belonged to my sister-in-law," Prometheus explained. "Pandora."

A lump formed in my throat. "As in Pandora's box?"

Prometheus shook his head. "I don't know how this box business got started. It was never a box. It was a pithos, a storage jar. I suppose Pandora's pithos doesn't have the same ring to it.”
Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

“Childhood is bound like the Gordian knot with my memories of the Black Sea, and I still feel its waters welling up within me today. Sometimes these waters are leaden, as grey as the military ships that sail on their curved expanses, and sometimes they are blue as pigmented cobalt. Then would come dusk, when I would sit and watch the seabirds waver to shore, flitting from open waters to the quiet empty vastlands in darkening spaces behind me, the same birds Ovid once saw during his exile, perhaps; and the same waters the Argonauts crossed searching for the fleece of renewal.

And out in the distance, invisible, the towering heights of Caucasus, where once-bright memories of the fire-thief have transmuted into something weird and many-faceted, and beyond these, pitch-black Karabakh in dolorous Armenia.”
Paul Christensen, The Heretic Emperor

Jasper Fforde
“He was, after all, the ultimate rebel -- it takes a lot of cojones to stand up to Zeus.”
Jasper Fforde, The Big Over Easy

Isaac Asimov
“Any technological advance can be dangerous. Fire was dangerous from the start, and so (even more so) was speech - and both are still dangerous to this day - but human beings would not be human without them.”
Isaac Asimov

Brian Selznick
“Then you know Prometheus was rescued in the end. His chains were broken, and he was finally set free." The old man squinted one of his eyes and added, "How about that?”
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Aeschylus
“You are young and young your rule and you think that the tower in which you live is free from sorrow: from it have I not seen two tyrants thrown? The third, who now is king, I shall yet live to see him fall, of all three most suddenly, most dishonored.”
Aeschylus

Aeschylus
“A tyrant's trust dishonors those who earn it.”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

Zia Haider Rahman
“Is that not the Promethean fable, that the fire stolen from the gods will light men their way even while it burns their hands?”
Zia Haider Rahman

“Those who turn the instruments of science upon Nature will always be in danger of seeing more than they looked for. There is such a disaster as that of knowing too much, and at some time or another it may overtake each of us.”
E.G. Swain, The Stoneground Ghost Tales

Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Prometheus gave us fire and we use it to light cigarettes.”
Marty Rubin

Carolyn Hennesy
“Then Prometheus turned to Pandy, very obviously not looking at Douban.”
Carolyn Hennesy, Pandora Gets Frightened

Aeschylus
“Trust my folly then, since it is best
for a man truly wise to be thought a fool.”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

Aeschylus
“But concern not thou thyself vainly with matters that are of no advantage.”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes

Roberto Mangabeira Unger
“The power worship of the Promethean amounts to a travesty of the enhancement of life.”
Roberto Mangabeira Unger, The Religion of the Future

Aeschylus
“Time shell be the limit of my suffering.”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes

Bettany Hughes
“The stories abounded, both recounting these cross-continental journeys and perhaps inspiring them – how Hellenic Jason gathered his Argonauts together (including Augeas, whose vast stables Herakles would be forced to clean) for adventure and profit, how he stopped off along the Bosphorus and discovered the land of the rising sun before other Greek heroes headed to Asia in search of Helen, Troy and glory. In the Homeric epics we hear of Jason travelling east where he tangles with Medea of Colchis, her aunt Circe and the feisty Amazon tribe. Lured by the promise of gold (early and prodigious metalworking did indeed take place in the region – perhaps sparking the Greek idea that the East was ‘rich in gold’) and then detained by the potions and poisons of Princess Medea, Jason succeeded in penetrating the Caucasus – a land which, in the Greek mind, wept with both peril and promise. It was here that Prometheus was chained to a rock with iron rivets for daring to steal fire from the gods. Archaeology east of Istanbul demonstrates how myth grazes history.”
Bettany Hughes, Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Gérard de Nerval
“The name Prometheus has always caused me particular annoyance, for my breast still aches from the everlasting beak of the vulture from which Alcides set me free.”
Gérard de Nerval, Selected Writings

Aeschylus
“Thou beholdest a spectacle ill-sighted to the eye. (Vulcan)”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes

Aeschylus
“Thy tongue sounds in accordance with thy form. (Vulcan)”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes