Powerful and dangerous or beautiful and betrayed—decide for yourself with the help of these Medusa quotes.
In Greek mythology, Medusa is known as being one of the gorgons. She was a protector and unlike her family, she was known for being beautiful and a mortal.
However, the story goes that after a love affair with Poisedon, Athena turned Medusa into a mythical creature who had snakes instead of hair. If anyone looked into her eyes, they were turned into stone.
The mythology shares that she was eventually beheaded but her eyes still held the power to turn people into stone and were used as a weapon.
Medusa quotes about the unique guardian from Greek mythology
1. “You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she’s not deadly. She’s beautiful and she’s laughing.” – Helene Cixous
2. “Beauty is that Medusa’s head which men go armed to seek and sever, and dead will starve and sting forever.” – Archibald MacLeish
3. “A beautiful mortal, Medusa was the exception in the family, until she incurred the wrath of Athena, either due to her boastfulness or because of an ill-fated love affair with Poseidon. Transformed into a vicious monster with snakes for hair, she was killed by Perseus, who afterward used her still potent head as a weapon, before gifting it to Athena.” – greekmythology.com
4. “You may gaze at her reflection in still waters of the lake, but don’t look at her directly or death will be your fate.” – Angel Witch
5. “In mythology, the Medusa can petrify people with a look – which is a good thing, I think. But the Medusa is a unique symbol – something strong. It’s about going all the way.” – Donatella Versace
6. “Medusa – whose name probably comes from the Ancient Greek word for ‘guardian’” – greekmythology.com
7. “Every part of her was still except her hair, which blew round her face in the damp night like Medusa’s serpentine locks rearing to strike.” – Katherine Pine
8. “Medusa was fascinating to work with because I gave her a snake’s body so that she could pull herself with her hands which gave her a very creepy aura. I didn’t want to animate cosmic gowns. Most Medusas you see in the classics have flowing robes which would be mad to even try to animate.” – Ray Harryhausen
9. “She was usually represented as a winged female creature having a head of hair consisting of snakes; unlike the Gorgons, she was sometimes represented as very beautiful.” – Britannica
10. “Pegasus’s dad was poseidon, the god of the sea, and his mom was Medusa and evil Gorgon who had fangs and lizard skin and living snakes for hair. And you thought your family was weird.” – Evan Kuhlman
Insightful Medusa quotes
11. “Margaret Thatcher has shown that there is power and dignity to be won by defying the status quo and the majority rather than by adapting to them. If the British left, which she froze into immobility like Medusa, could bring itself to learn from this, then we might not have to look upon her like again.” – Christopher Hitchens
12. “The look she gave him in reply would have petrified Medusa.” – Karsten Knight
13. “The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.” – Ray Bradbury
14. “Writer’s block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.” – Joseph Campbell
15. “The literary scene is a kind of Medusa’s raft, small and sinking, and one’s instinct when a newcomer tries to clamber aboard is to step on his fingers.” – John Updike
16. “You cursed my soul, my mind is dead. Eyes like a weapon, snakes on my head. A priestess I was, the pride of Athena. Now I’m banned to live the life of a beast.” – Grave Digger
17. “You’re going native! Now, put down that ridiculous tray and help me kill this demigod. Or have you forgotten that he’s the one who vaporized Medusa?” – Rick Riordan
More Medusa quotes
18. “If a woman shows too often the Medusa’s head, she must not be astonished if her lover is turned into stone.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
19. “Tom just stood there, sword in hand, a huge grin on his lips. He stared at Medusa and Medusa stared at him, and in this moment that made his dreams come true, Tom could only think of one thing to say.” – S.J. Kincaid
20. “Hey, Dad, can I borrow the severed head of Medusa tonight? I’m going out with my friends. Okay, honey, just bring it back by midnight, and don’t petrify anyone.” – Rick Riordan
21. “We must kill the false woman who is preventing the live one from breathing.” – Helene Cixous
22. “Fascinated by the glitter of gain, man gazes at the Medusa-like face of greed and stands petrified.” – Manly P. Hall
23. “I’ve been prepping for my role as Medusa.” – Joaquin Phoenix
24. “You’re probably wondering: why were Medusa’s kids a golden warrior and a winged horse? And how had they been stuck in Medusa’s body all those years? Heck, I dunno. I’m just telling you how it was. You want stuff to make sense, you’re in the wrong universe” – Rick Riordan
25. “To meet God or Medusa face to face, even if it means risking everything human in myself. I dream of a hard and brutal mysticism in which the naked self merges with the nonhuman world and yet somehow survives still intact individual, separate. Paradox and bedrock.” – Edward Abbey
Medusa quotes from a variety of sources
26. “I don’t even remember killing Medusa. I don’t remember anything.” — Rick Riordan
27. “When Medusa looks in the mirror, she sees the Lady of Sorrows.” — Mason Cooley
28. “Turn bad thoughts into concrete so you can build a strong foundation.” — Antonia Perdu
29. “The terror of the Medusa is thus a terror of castration that is linked to the sight of something.” — Sigmund Freud
30. “My dirty-blonde hair doesn’t slither and hiss, but the men around me are as cold and hard as stone.” — Skye Warren
31. “How many times do you see your orphanage roommate be able to turn someone into stone? Every time I look in the mirror.” — Ana Franco
32. “I saw the rocks where long ago, Above the sea that cries and breaks, Swift Perseus with Medusa’s snakes, Set free the maiden white like snow.” — Sara Teasdale
33. “Freud was a hero. He descended to the Underworld and met there stark terrors. He carried with him his theory as a Medusa’s head which turned these terrors to stone.” — R. D. Laing
34. “The hair upon the Medusa’s head is frequently represented in works of art in the form of snakes, and these once again are derived from the castration complex.” — Sigmund Freud
35. “Think about Medusa, with the snakes. If you shoot a movie in Europe, the financiers are three snakes, and they all have opinions. In Hollywood there are, like, 20 snakes.” — Daniel Espinosa
Quotes from Writers about Medusa
36. “Did I escape, I wonder? / My mind winds to you / Old barnacled umbilicus, Atlantic cable, / Keeping itself, it seems, in a state of miraculous / repair.” – Sylvia Plath
37. “I thought Medusa had looked at you, and that you were turning to stone. Perhaps now you will ask how much you are worth?” – Charlotte Bronte
38. “What thus snaky-headed Gorgon-shield / That wise Minerva wore, unconquered virgin, / Wherewith she freezed her foes to congealed stone, / But rigid looks of chaste austerity, / And noble grace that dashed brute violence / With sudden adoration and blank awe!” – John Milton
39. “You read any Greek myths, puppy? The one about the gorgon Medusa, particularly? I used to wonder what could be so terrible that you couldn’t survive even looking at it. Until I got a little older and I figured out the obvious answer. Everything.” – Mike Carey and Peter Gross
40. “Applied Science is a conjuror, whose bottomless hat yields impartially the softest of Angora rabbits and the most petrifying of Medusas.” – Aldous Huxley
41. “The duende….Where is the duende? Through the empty archway a wind of the spirit enters, blowing insistently over the heads of the dead, in search of new landscapes and unknown accents: a wind with the odour of a child’s saliva, crushed grass, and medusa’s veil, announcing the endless baptism of freshly created things.” – Federico Garcia Lorca
42. “Biological death is only a mechanical problem, it can be solved and man can live millions of years! Do not believe in life after death! Seek for the life within the life! The medusa of Turritopsis nutricula is biologically immortal and this little creature is a big inspiration for us! He who thinks positively reaches his target!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
43. “Fame is a kind of death because it arrests life around the person in the public eye. If one is recognized everywhere, one begins to feel like Medusa. People stop their normal life and actions and freeze into staring manikins. “We can never catch people or life unawares,” as I wrote to my mother, in an outburst of frustration. “It is always looking at us.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
44. “Let me explain: there are dragons, and then there are drakons. Drakons are several millennia older than dragons, andmuch larger. They look like giant serpents. Most don’t have wings. Most don’t breathe fire (though some do). All are poisonous. All are immensely strong, with scales harder than titanium. Their eyes can paralyze you; not the turn-you~to-stone Medusa-type paralysis, buttheoh~my~gods-that~big~snake~is~going~to~eat~me type of paralysis, which is just as bad.” – Rick Riordan
45. “He picked up Samuel’s saddle as if he were picking up doom herself, doom always owning the furthest, darkest reaches of the feminine gender. Pandora, Medusa, the Bacchantes, the Furies, are female though small goddesses beyond sexual notions. Who reasons death anymore than they can weigh the earth or the heart of beauty?” — Jim Harrison
Medusa Quotes about How They Perceive The Mythical Creature
46.”Come with me, the river said, close your eyes and quiet your limbs and float with me into the wonder and mystery of the canyons, see the unknown and the little known, look upon the stone gods face to face, see Medusa, drink my waters, hear my song, feel my power, come along and drift with me toward the distant, ultimate and legendary sea.” — Edward Abbey
47. “The sinister, the terrible never deceive: the state in which they leave us is always one of enlightenment. And only this condition of vicious insight allows us a full grasp of the world, all things considered, just as a frigid melancholy grants us full possession of ourselves. We may hide from horror only in the heart of horror. (“The Medusa”)” — Thomas Ligotti
48. “Look, ladies, we’ve been over this. I don’t even remember killing Medusa. I don’t remember anything! Can’t we just call a truce and talk about your weekly specials?” Stheno gave her sister a pouty look, which was hard to do with giant bronze tusks. “Can we?” — Rick Riordan
49. “Algol is the name of the winking demon star, Medusa of the skies; fair but deadly to look on, even for one who is already dying. Ah, the bright stars of the night. Almost they obliterate the clear white pain. A thousand stars shining in the ether; but no dazzling newcomer. And so little time left, so little time… Yet still two-faced Medusa laughs from behind the clouds, demanding homage. Homage, Medusa, or a sword, a blade sharper than death itself. The wind stirs. Night clouds obscure the universe. A lower music now, a different kind of death. No stars tonight, my love. No Selene.” — Elizabeth Redfern
50. “You say my hair is like the serpent locks of Medusa, that my eyes have the cruel cunning of Borgia, that my mouth is the mouth of the sinister scheming Delilah, that my hands are like the talons of a Circe or the blood-bathing Elizabeth Bathory. And then you ask me of my soul—you wish to know if it is reflected in my face.” — Theda Bara
51. “Heroes!” Euryale said with disgust. “They always bring that up, just like our mother! ‘why can’t you turn people to stone? your sister can turn people to stone.’ Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, boy! That was Medusa’s curse alone. she was the most hideous one in the family. She got all the luck!” Stheno looked hurt. “Mother said I was the most hideous.” — Rick Riordan
52. “Time doesn’t heal; or at least, it hasn’t healed such wounds for me, no matter what i told him earlier. Time is just another captor of mine. -Medusa” — Heather Lyons
53. “The world, as it is organized, is a conspiracy against truth. Individuals, communities, nations, they are all afraid of the truth as if it were a medusa head which froze men to stone, even as it froze them to virtue.” — Francis Beauchesne Thornton
54. “Personal well-being serves solely to excavate within your soul a chasm which waits to be filled by a landslide of dread, an empty mold whose peculiar dimensions will one day manufacture the shape of your unique terror” — Thomas Ligotti
55. “You have more baggage than United Airlines. Cross that out. You have more issues than Medusa, and that woman makes the inside of a cat lady’s thoughts seem like a calming place.” — Jennifer L. Armentrout
What did you learn from these Medusa quotes?
Medusa is a popular character from Greek mythology. She has often been portrayed in movies and television.
There’s just something about a woman with snakes for her hair that seems to draw people in and want to see what’s going to happen. Plus, the power to turn people into stone with simple eye contact is enticing.
However, as myths and legends go, they tend to change over time. There are some versions of the story that claim Medusa was a hideous beast from the beginning just like her sisters.
One story even shares that when some of her blood was spilled onto the ground it turned into venomous snakes and killed someone. But whether the story says she started as a beast or was turned into one, her image is one that people find intriguing.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these Medusa quotes and sayings? Let us know in the comment section below.
May 7, 2022 5:00 AM EST