Underworld Quotes

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Rick Riordan
“Keep climbing,' he told himself.
'Cheeseburgers,' his stomach replied.
'Shut up,' he thought.
'With fries,' his stomach complained.”
Rick Riordan, The House of Hades

Rick Riordan
“Christmas in the Underworld was NOT my idea.
If I'd known what was coming, I would've called in sick. I could've avoided an army of demons, a fight with a Titan, and a trick that almost got my friends and me cast into eternal darkness.
But no, I had to take my stupid English exam.”
Rick Riordan, The Demigod Files

Rick Riordan
“The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
“Right," she said, "We're going to the Land of the Dead and I shouldn't think negative.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Aimee Carter
“This is the gate between the living and the dead", he said. "You are still living. The others on the grounds died very long time ago."

A chill ran through me. "And you?"

"Me?" The corner of his mouth twitched. "I rule the dead. I am not one of them”
Aimee Carter, The Goddess Test

Rick Riordan
That word didn’t make sense to Nico. The Underworld had no mercy. It only had justice.
‘You’re already dead,’ Nico said. ‘You’re a ghost with no tongue, no memory. You won’t be sharing any secrets.”
Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus

Meg Cabot
“Did you see him? I know the photo was grainy, but he looks like one of those death metal goth heads, or whatever they’re called. All dressed in black with long hair

I took umbrage at my mother describing my boyfriend this way. John was the Lord of the Underworld. How else was he supposed to dress?”
Meg Cabot, Underworld

Franz Kafka
“Each of us has his own way of emerging from the underworld, mine is by writing. That's why the only way I can keep going, if at all, is by writing, not through rest and sleep. I am far more likely to achieve peace of mind through writing than the capacity to write through peace.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Felice‎

Gena Showalter
“Aren’t all fairy tales based in fact? You yourself are supposed to be nothing more than a myth.
Pandora’s box is a story parents read to their children at night,” she countered. “That means life itself is a
fairy tale. Like the characters, we all live and love and search for a happily-ever-after.”
Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

Sukanya Venkatraghavan
“The mirror sighed and spoke in a tone tinged with melancholy. Its language was old and not of any of the worlds known or unknown.

What you dream, what you darkly desire,

Find it by trial or by fire.

Seek it high and seek it low,

Search the skies or the realms below.

Look everywhere but beware,

The deepest magic, the strongest spell

Will not change what the stars foretell.”
Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Dark Things

Cathy MacPhail
“It looks like a prisoner of war camp to me." Fiona threw her rucksack down in disgust. "I was expecting a five-star hotel at least.”
Cathy MacPhail, Missing

Sukanya Venkatraghavan
“What is the difference between a dream and its memory?”
Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Dark Things

Molly Ringle
“Enjoying your Christmas in the land of the dead? Fun and different, right?”
Molly Ringle, Immortal's Spring

Stephen Moles
“Anubis is associated with the mummification and protection of the dead for their journeys through Denver International Airport to the afterlife. He is usually portrayed as being half human and half jackal, and holding a metal detector in his hand ... Anubis is employed by the Department of Homeland Security to examine the hearts of all travellers to make sure they have not exceeded the weight limit for psychological baggage ... He is also shown frisking mummies and confiscating firearms and other contraband. It doesn't take much to tip the scales in favour of a dead body cavity search or an afterlifetime travel ban.”
Stephen Moles, The Most Wretched Thing Imaginable or, Beneath the Burnt Umbrella

Sukanya Venkatraghavan
“Every living soul in this universe should be given a chance at love – their personal shot at having the most powerful and
mysterious thing that ever existed. You could love forever, or your love could
burn short and bright for just a few moments in the history of
time. But however you did it, I supposed the idea was to make it count; to create a story worthy of a new fairytale, a poem,
or a new constellation that would wind itself into an infinite thread of light in your name. Maybe that was the whole point of love – to create an eternal story of your own.”
Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Dark Things

Don DeLillo
“It's how the news becomes so powerful it doesn't need TV or newspapers. It exists in people's perceptions. It's something they invent, strong enough to seem real. It's the news without the media.”
Don DeLillo

Sukanya Venkatraghavan
“If he slept, he dreamt of the woman with the icy white irises. She exploded planes, swallowed oceans and crumpled skies
in her palm in his dreams. Sometimes she and the green-eyed girl were one. At other times, the green-eyed girl was alone, a gaping hole where her heart should have been. At all times he could hear the woman’s cold, low laughter. It swept across his consciousness like a hailstorm.
When he woke up, he thought he was going mad.”
Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Dark Things

Margaret Atwood
“They were wrong about the sun.
It does not go down into
the underworld at night.
The sun leaves merely
and the underworld emerges.
It can happen at any moment.

It can happen in the morning,
you in the kitchen going through
your mild routines.
Plate, cup, knife.
All at once there’s no blue, no green,
no warning.”
Margaret Atwood, Morning in the Burned House

Sarah Diemer
“The stars are the one thing that I miss about the earth. They're so constant, steady, bright. I've always loved the stars. You reminded me of them, Persephone," she added quietly.”
Sarah Diemer, The Dark Wife

Sarah Diemer
“I had loved and lost, and now... Love had found me again, brought me back to life in the land of the dead.”
Sarah Diemer, The Dark Wife

C.S. Lewis
“When Jill woke next morning and found herself in a cave, she thought for one horrid moment that she was back in the Underworld.”
C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Margaret George
“Snakes. How fitting. Not only are they sacred to Egypt, but associated with the power of the underworld and with fertility. Perhaps I did you a favor by refusing more conventional poisons.”
Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra

Hannah Arendt
“Significantly, it was Disraeli who said, "What is a crime among the multitude is only a vice among the few"—perhaps the most profound insight into the very principle by which the slow and insidious decline of nineteenth-century society into the depth of mob and underworld morality took place. Since he knew this rule, he knew also that Jews would have no better chances anywhere than in circles which pretended to be exclusive and to discriminate against them; for inasmuch as these circles of the few, together with the multitude, thought of Jewishness as a crime, this "crime" could be transformed at any moment into an attractive "vice." Disraeli's display of eroticism, strangeness, mysteriousness, magic, and power drawn from secret sources, was aimed correctly at this disposition in society.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Sarah Diemer
“I'm keeping my promise, I'm coming home. To her.”
Sarah Diemer, The Dark Wife

Sarah Diemer
“Welcome back, my queen," she said, and dark eyes shining, Hades saved me.”
Sarah Diemer, The Dark Wife

Sarah Diemer
“You have made of my life something beautiful," she said. "I am blessed beyond measure by your presence, and love... And I will spend the rest of my forever making you happy. I promise you that.”
Sarah Diemer, The Dark Wife

Don DeLillo
“What's the point of waking up in the morning if you don't try to match the enormousness of the known forces in the world with something powerful in your own life?”
Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo
“You don't know the connection? You don't know that every privilege in your life and every thought in your mind depends on the ability of the two great powers to hang a threat over the planet?”
Don DeLillo, Underworld

Sarah Diemer
“You saved my life, Persephone."
"I didn't..."
"You are, even now.”
Sarah Diemer, The Dark Wife

Jennifer Egan
“Ted rose early the next morning and took a taxi to the Museo Nazionale, cool, echoey, empty of tourists despite the fact that it was spring. He drifted among dusty busts of Hadrian and the various Caesars, experiencing a physical quickening in the presence of so much marble that verged on the erotic. He sensed the proximity of Orpheus and Eurydice before he saw it, felt its cool weight across the room but prolonged the time before he faced it, reminding himself of the events leading up to the moment it described: Orpheus and Eurydice in love and newly married; Eurydice dying of a snakebite while fleeing the advances of a shepherd; Orpheus descending to the underworld, filling its dank corridors with music from his lyre as he sang of his longing for his wife; Pluto granting Eurydice's release from death on the sole condition that Orpheus not look back at her during their ascent. And then the hapless instant when, out of fear for his bride as she stumbled in the passage, Orpheus forgot himself and turned.
Ted stepped toward the relief. He felt as if he's walked inside it, so completely did it enclose and affect him. It was the moment before Eurydice must descend to the underworld a second time, when she and Orpheus are saying goodbye. What moved Ted, mashed some delicate glassware in his chest, was the quiet of their interaction, the absence of drama or tears as they gazed at each other, touching gently. He sensed between them an understanding too deep to articulate: the unspeakable knowledge that everything is lost. (p. 211)”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

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