Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a series of adventure and fantasy books authored by Rick Riordan. It follows Percy Jackson (who narrates the series), a twelve year old who learns that he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon.
- 1 Percy Jackson & the Olympians
- 2 The Heroes of Olympus
- 3 See also
- 4 External links
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
The Lightning Thief (2005)
- She tried to boost our morale by suggesting clever strategies for getting into the Land of the Dead, but my heart wasn't in it. There were just too many unknown factors. It was like cramming for a test without knowing the subject. And believe me, I'd done that enough times.
- The last thing I remember is collapsing on a wooden porch, looking at a ceiling fan circling above me, moths flying around a yellow light, the stern faces of a familiar-looking bearded man and a pretty girl, her blond hair curled like a princess's. They both looked down at me, and the girl said, "He's the one. He must be."
- p. 56
- "Wait. You're telling me there's such a thing as God."
"Well now, God-capital G, God. That's a different matter altogether. We shan't deal with the metaphysical."
- Percy Jackson and Chiron, 5: "I Play Pinolche With a Horse", p. 67
- Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse, we had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him. I'd done pooper-scooper patrol in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a few times, and, I'm sorry, I did not trust Chiron's back the the way I trusted his front.
- p. 75
- "Annabeth, I'm sorry about the toilets."
"It wasn't my fault."
She looked at me sceptically, and I realized it was my fault.
- p. 93
- "Remind me again-why do you hate me so much?"
I don't hate you."
"Could've fooled me."
She folded her cap of invisibility. "Look...we're just not supposed to get along, okay? Our parents are rivals."
She sighed. "How many reasons do you want? One time my mom caught Poseidon with his girlfriend in Athena's temple, which is hugely disrespectful. Another time, Athena and Poseidon competed to be the patron god for the city of Athens. Your dad created some stupid saltwater spring for his gift. My mom created the olive tree. The people saw that her gift was better, so they named the city after her."
"They must really like olives."
"Oh, forget it."
"Now, if she'd invented pizza—that I could understand."
- 10: "I Ruin A Perfectly Good Bus"
- After a few minutes, Annabeth fell in line next to me. "Look, I..." Her voice faltered. "I appreciate your coming back for us, okay? That was really brave."
"We're a team, right?"
- p. 169
- "So if the gods fight, will things line up the way they did with the Trojan War? Will it be Athena versus Poseidon?"
"I don't know what my mom will do. I just know I'll fight next to you."
"Because you're my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?"
- Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase; 16: "We Take a Zebra to Vegas", p. 251
- "How did you die?"
"We er....drowned in a bathtub."
"All three of you?"
"It was a big bathtub."
- p. 286
- Annabeth grabbed hold of my hand. Under normal circumstances, this would've embarrassed me, but I understood how she felt. She wanted reassurance that somebody else was alive on this boat.
- p. 290
- "Grover murmured, "Well, Percy, what have we learned today?"
"That three-headed dogs prefer red rubber balls over sticks?"
"No," Grover told me. "We've learned that your plans really, really bite!"
- Hades raised an eyebrow. When he sat forward in his throne, shadowy faces appeared in the folds of his black robes, faces of torment, as if the garment was stitched of trapped souls from the Fields of Punishment, trying to get out. The ADHD part of me wondered, off-task, whether the rest of his clothes were made the same way. What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades' underwear?
The Sea of Monsters (2006)
- "He's a monster, lord!"
"He's a son of Poseidon. Just like... well, just like me."
"No! Monster! Horse-eater! Not trusted!"
"I'll give you sugar cubes at the end of the race."
"Very big sugar cubes. And apples. Did I mention the apples?"
- Percy Jackson and his Chariot horses, 6: "Demon Pigeons Attack", p. 78
- "I told Tantalus to go chase a doughnut."
- Percy Jackson, 7: "I Accept Gifts From A Stranger", p. 85
- “The real story of the Fleece: there were these two children of Zeus, Cadmus and Europa, okay? They were about to get offered up as human sacrifices, when they prayed to Zeus to save them. So Zeus sent this magical flying ram with golden wool, which picked them up in Greece and carried them all the way to Colchis in Asia Minor. Well, actually it carried Cadmus. Europa fell off and died along the way, but that's not important."
"It was probably important to her.”
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 7: "I Accept Gifts From A Stranger", p. 86
- 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--”
- Hermes, 7: "I Accept Gifts From A Stranger", p. 104
- Everywhere we went, dead Confederate sailors stared at us, their ghostly bearded faces shimmering over their skulls. They approved of Annabeth because she told them she was from Virginia.
- Percy Jackon, 11: "Clarisse Blows Everything Up", p. 148
- "Before I could figure out how to apologize for being such an idiot, she tackled me with a hug, then pulled away just as quickly. "I'm glad you're not a guinea pig."
"Me, too." I hoped my face wasn't as red as it felt.
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 12: "We Check In To C.C's Spa & Resort", p. 183
- "What Luke told you back on the Princess Andromeda, about starting the world from scratch.. that really got to you, huh?"
"My fatal flaw. That's what the Sirens showed me. My fatal flaw is hubris."
"That brown stuff they spread on veggie sandwiches?"
"No, Seaweed Brain. That's hummus. Hubris is worse."
"What could be worse than hummus?"
"Hubris means deadly pride, Percy. Thinking you can do things better than anyone else... even the gods."
- Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, 13: "Annabeth Tries To Swim Home", p. 199
- "Don't you ever feel like, what if the world realy is messed up? What if we could do it all over again from scratch? No more war. Nobody homeless. No more summer reading homework."
"I mean, the West represents a lot of the best things mankind ever did-that's why the fire is still burning. That's why Olympus is still around. But sometimes you just see the bad stuff, you know? And you start thinking the way Luke does: 'If I could tear this all down, I would do it better.' Don't you ever feel that way? Like you could do a better job if you ran the world?"
"Um... no. Me running the world would kind of be a nightmare."
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 13: "Annabeth Tries To Swim Home", p. 199
- "I'm just a kid Chiron. What good is one lousy hero against something like Kronos?"
"What good is one lousy hero? Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain said something like to me once, just before he single-handedly changed the course of your Civil War."
- Percy Jackson and Chiron, 18: "The Pary Ponies Invade", p. 252
- "Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum."
- Hermes, 19: "The Chariot Race Ends With A Bang", p. 258
- Damn it, Jackson. Do you have any idea how hard Colchis bulls are to come by?
The Titan's Curse (2007)
- "It's okay, Ms. Jackson." Annabeth smiled reassuringly. Her blond hair was tucked into a ski cap and her gray eyes were the same color as the ocean. "We'll keep him out of trouble."
Mom seemed to relax a little. She thinks Annabeth is the most levelheaded demigod ever to hit eighth grade. She's sure Annabeth often keeps me from getting killed. She's right, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
- 1: "My Rescue Operation Goes Very Wrong"
- “Hey, can I see that sword you were using?"
I showed him Riptide, and explained how it turned from a pen into a sword just by uncapping it.
"Cool! Does it ever run out of ink?"
"Um, well, I don't actually write with it."
"Are you really the son of Poseidon?"
"Can you surf really well, then?"
I looked at Grover, who was trying hard not to laugh.
"Jeez, Nico," I said. "I've never really tried."
He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn't answer that one.) If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)”
- 3: "Bianca Di Angelo Makes A Choice"
- "Wow," Thalia muttered. "Apollo's hot."
"He's the sun god," I said.
"That's not what I meant."
- 4: "Thalia Torches New England"
- "I don't have much time," my mom said. "Percy, whatever you decide, I love you. And I know you'll do what's best for Annabeth."
"How can you be sure?"
"Because she'd do the same for you."
- 7: "Everybody Hates Me But The Horse"
- "This is why I don't use mortals. They are unreliable."
"They are weak-minded, easily bought, and violent. I love them."
- Luke Castellan and 'The General', 9: "I Learn How to Grow Zombies"
- "Grover was sniffing the wind, looking nervous. He fished out his acorns and threw them into the sand, then played his pipes.
They rearranged themselves in a pattern that made no sense to me, but Grover looked concerned.
"That's us," he said. "Those five nuts right there."
"Which one is me?" I asked.
"The little deformed one," Zoe suggested.
"Oh, shut up.”
- 13: "We Visit The Junkyard Of The Gods"
- "Well then, why are you on this quest?"
"Artemis has been captured."
"Oh, Artemis. Please. Talk about a hopeless case. I mean, if they were going to kidnap a goddess, she should be breathtakingly beautiful, don't you think? I pity the poor dears who have to imprison Artemis. Bo-ring!"
"But she was chaing a monster. A really, really bad monster. We have to find it!"
"Always some monster. But my dear Percy, that is why the others are on this quest. I'm more interested in you.
"Annabeth is in trouble."
"I have to help her"
- Aphrodite and Percy Jackson, 13: "We Visit The Junkyard Of The Gods"
- There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it."
- Athena, 14: I Have A Dam Problem
- "I don't know," she admitted. "But thank you for rescuing me."
"Hey, no big deal. We're friends."
"You didn't believe I was dead?"
- 18: "A Friend Says Good-bye"
- "I will not have a sea creature destroyed, if I can help it. And I can help it."
- Poseidon, 19: "The Gods Vote On How To Kill Us", p. 293
- "In each case, your loved ones have been used to lure you into Kronos's traps. Your fatal flaw is personal loyalty, Percy. To save a friend, you would sacrafice the world."
- Athena, 19: "The Gods Vote On How To Kill Us", p. 298
- "I'll fill you in later," Chiron said with forced cheerfulness. "The important thing is you have prevailed. And you saved Annabeth!"
Annabeth smiled at me gratefully, which made me look away.
- 20: "I Get A New Enemy For Christmas"
The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
- "You are okay?" he asked. "Not eaten by monsters?"
"Not even a little bit." I showed him that I still had both arms and both legs, and Tyson clapped happily.
"Yay!" he said. "Now we can eat peanut butter sandwiches and ride fish ponies! We can fight monsters and see Annabeth and make things go BOOM!"
I hoped he didn't mean all at the same time, but I told him absolutely, we'd have a lot of fun this summer.
- 2: "The Underworld Sends Me a Prank Call"
- "I didn't think-. Well, I didn't think you liked heroes."
"Because of that little spat I had with Hercules? Honestly, I get so much bad press because of one disagreement."
"Didn't you try to kill him, like, a lot of times?"
"Water under the bridge, my dear. Besides, he was one of my loving husband's children by another woman. My patience wore thin, I'll admit it."
- Annabeth and Hera, 6: "We Meet The God With Two Faces"
- "Percy, I was kidding myself. All that planning and reading, I don't have a clue where we're going."
"You're doing great. Besides, we never know what we're doing. It always works out. Remember Circe's island?"
"You made a cute guinea pig."
"And Waterland, how you got us thrown off that ride?"
"I got us thrown off? That was totally your fault!"
"See? It'll be fine."
- Percy and Annabeth, 8: "We Visit The Demon Dude Ranch", p. 126
- She looked like she was ready for a fight. Her fists were balled, but I thought I heard a quiver in her voice. Suddenly I realized that despite her angry attitude, she was afraid of me. She probably thought I was going to fight her control of the river, and she was worried she would lose.
The thought made me sad. I felt like a bully, a son of Poseidon throwing his weight around.
I sat down on a tree stump. "Okay, you win."
- Percy Jackson to a River Naiad, 9: "I Scoop Poop", p. 151
- "New lesson class," I announced. "Most monsters will vaporize when sliced with a celestial bronze sword. This change is perfectly normal, and will happen to you right now if you don't BACK OFF!"
- 11: " I Set Myself on Fire"
- "Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong."
- Hephastus, 12: "I Take a Permanent Vacation", p.220
- "It isn't easy being a brilliant inventor. Always alone. Always misunderstood. Easy to turn bitter, make horrible mistakes. People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed."
- Hephastus, 12: "I Take a Permanent Vacation", p.221
- "You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed."
- 12: "I Take a Permanent Vacation"
- Annabeth stood still as a statue. She could've said thank you. She could've promised to throw some barbeque on the brazier for Hera and forget the whole thing. But she clenched her jaw stubbornly. She looked just the way she had when she faced the Sphinx-like she wasn't going to accept an easy answer, even if it got her in serious trouble. I realized that was one of the things I liked best about Annabeth.
- Percy Jackson, 19: "The Council Gets Cloven", p. 350
- My mother made a squeaking sound that might've been either "Yes" or "Help".
Poseidon took it as a yes and came in.
Paul was looking back and forth between us, trying to read our expressions. Finally he stepped forward. "Hi, I'm Paul Blofis."
Poseidon raised an eyebrow and then shook his hand. "Blowfish, did you say?"
"Ah, no. Blofis, actually."
"Oh, I see," Poseidon said. "A shame. I quite like blowfish. I am Poseidon."
"Poseidon? That's an interesting name."
"Yes, I like it. I've gone by other names, but I do prefer Poseidon."
"Like the god of the sea."
"Very much like that, yes"
"Well!" My mother interrupted. "Um, were so glad you could drop by. Paul, this is Percy's father."
"Ah." Paul nodded, though he didn't look real pleased. "I see."
Poseidon smiled at me. "There you are, my boy. And Tyson, hello, son!"
"Daddy!" Tyson [shouted] […]
Paul's jaw dropped. He stared at my mother. "Tyson is..."
"Not mine," she promised. "It's a long story."
- 20: "My Birthday Party Takes a Dark Turn", p. 354
- "Dad, when I was in the maze, I met Antaeus. He said... well, he said he was your favorite son. He decorated his arena with skulls and-"
"He dedicated them to me. And you are wondering how someone could do something so horrible in my name. Percy, lesser beings do many horrible things in the name of the gods. That does not mean we gods approve it. The way our sons and daughters act in our names... well it usually says more about them than it does about us. And you, Percy, are my favorite son."
- Percy and Posiedon, 20: "My Birthday Party Takes a Dark Turn", p. 357
The Last Olympian (2009)
- "Please, man," I said. "It would mean a lot. For old times' sake?"
He whimpered. "As I recall, in the old times we almost died a lot. But okay, here goes nothing."
- "With great power... comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later."
- Annabeth ran in right behind him, and I'll admit my heart did a little relay race in my chest when I saw her. It's not that she tried to look good. We'd been doing so many combat missions lately, she hardly brushed her curly blond hair any more, and she didn't care what clothes she was wearing - usually the same old orange camp T-shirt and jeans, and once in a while her bronze armour. Her eyes were stormy grey. Most of the time we couldn't get through a conversation without trying to strangle each other. Still, just seeing her made me feel fuzzy in the head. Last summer, before Luke turned into Kronos and everything went sour, there had been a few times when I thought maybe... well, that we might get past the strangle-each-other phase.
- p. 46
- Annabeth wiped a tear from her cheek. "I'm glad you're not dead, Seaweed Brain."
"Thanks," I said. "Me too."
- p. 48
- Annabeth blushed. It dawned on me that she knew I'd been hanging out with Rachel, and I felt guilty. Then I felt angry that I felt guilty. I was allowed to have friends outside of camp, right? It wasn't like...
- p. 58
- I found myself staring at her, which was stupid since I'd seen her a billion times. She and I were about the same height this summer, which was a relief. Still, she seemed so much more mature. It was kind of intimidating. I mean, sure, she'd always been cute, but she was starting to be seriously beautiful.
- p. 62
- I was losing the fight. The pain was too much. My hands and feet were melting into the water, my soul was being ripped from my body. I couldn't remember who I was. The pain of Kronos's scythe had been nothing compared to this.
The cord, a familiar voice said. Remember your lifeline, dummy!
Suddenly there was a tug at my lower back. The current pulled at me, but it wasn't carrying me away any more. I imagined the string in my back keeping me tied to the shore.
"Hold on, Seaweed Brain." It was Annabeth's voice, much clearer now. "You're not getting away from me that easily."
The cord strengthened.
- Percy Jackson after falling into the River Styx, 8: "I Take The Worst Bath Ever", p. 136
- In a flash I understood what had happened. He'd been trying to stab me. Judging from the position of his blade, he would've taken me - maybe by sheer luck - in the small of my back, my only weak point.
Annabeth had intercepted the knife with her own body.
- Percy Jackson, 18: "We Break A Bridge", p. 190
- "So... You had the courage to visit the Styx. I had to pressure Luke in many ways to convince him. If only you had supplied my host body instead... But no matter. I am still more powerful. I am a TITAN!!
- Kronos, 18: "We Break A Bridge", p. 191
- "You're cute when you get worried, your eyebrows get all scrunched together."
"You are not going to die while I owe you a favour. Why did you take that knife?"
"You would've done the same for me."
It was true. I guess we both knew it.
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 12: "Rachel Makes a Bad Deal", p. 199
- "How did you know?"
"My Achilles spot. If you hadn't taken that knife, I would've died."
"I don't know, Percy. I just had this feeling you were in danger. Where... where is the spot?"
I wasn't supposed to tell anyone. But this was Annabeth. If I couldn't trust her, I couldn't trust anyone.
"The small of my back."
She put her hand on my spine, and my skin tingled. I moved her fingers to the one spot that grounded me to my mortal life. A thousand volts of electricity seemed to arc through my body.
"You saved me. Thanks."
She removed her hand, but I kept holding it.
"So you owe me. What else is new?"
- Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, 12: "Rachel Makes a Bad Deal", p. 199
- "You know what would help this boy? Farming."
"Six months behind a plough. Excellent character building."
- Demeter and Persephone, 15: "We Get Help From a Thief", p.281
- Well...sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh, look. It's our floor.
- Grover, 17: "I Sit On the Hot Seat", p. 302
- I picked up the jar. The spirit of Hope fluttered inside, trying to warm the cold container.
"Hestia, I give this to you as an offering."
"I am the least of the gods. Why would you trust me with this?"
"You're the last Olympian. And the most important."
"And why is that, Percy Jackson?"
"Because Hope survives best at the hearth. Guard it for me and I won't be tempted to give up again."
- Percy Jackson and Hestia, 17: "I Sit On the Hot Seat", p. 308
- My son here convinced me that perhaps I should prioritize my list of enemies. As much as I dislike certain upstart demigods, it would not do for Olympus to fall. I would miss bickering with my siblings. And if there is one thing we agree on-it is that you were a TERRIBLE father.
- Hades, 18: "My Parents Go Commando", p.316
- "I wouldn't worry too much. The last Great Prophecy about you took almost seventy years to complete. This one may not even happen in your lifetime."
"Maybe, but it didn't sound so good."
"No. It certainly didn't. She's going to make a wonderful Oracle!"
- Apollo and Percy Jackson, 22: "I Am Dumped", p. 369
- "She raised an eyebrow. "You got something to say to me, Seaweed Brain?"
"You'd probably kick my butt."
"You know I'd kick your butt."
I brushed the cake off my hands. "When I was at the River Styx, turning invulnerable . . . Nico said I had to concentrate on one thing that kept me anchored to the world, that made me want to stay mortal."
Annabeth kept her eyes on the horizon. "Yeah?"
"Then up on Olympus," I said, "when they wanted to make me a god and stuff, I kept thinking—"
"Oh, you so wanted to."
"Well, maybe a little. But I didn't, because I thought—I didn't want things to stay the same for eternity, because things could always get better. And I was thinking . . ." My throat felt really dry.
"Anyone in particular?" Annabeth asked, her voice soft.
I looked over and saw that she was trying not to smile.
"You're laughing at me," I complained.
"I am not!"
"You are so not making this easy."
Then she laughed for real, and she put her hands around my neck. "I am never, ever going to make things easy for you, Seaweed Brain. Get used to it."
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 22: "I Am Dumped", p.373
- "You're still my best friend."
He grinned. "Except for Annabeth."
"Yeah," he agreed. "It sure is."
- Percy Jackson and Grover, 23: "We Say Goodbye, Sort Of", p. 377
The Lost Hero (2010)
- "So we call the Gods by their Greek names because that's their original form. But saying their Roman aspects are exactly the same-that's not true. In Rome, they became more warlike. The didn't mingle with mortals as much. They became harsher, more powerful-the Gods of an empire."
"Like the dark side of the gods?"
"Not exactly. They stood for discipline, honor, strength-"
- Clovis and Annabeth, VIII: Jason, p.105
- You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, 'festus' means 'happy'? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?
- Jason Grace, XVI: Piper, p. 188
- "I'm the son of Jupiter! I'm a child of Rome, consul to demigods, praetor of the First Legion. I slew the Trojan sea monster, I toppled the black throne of Kronos and and destroyed the Titan Krios with my own hands. And now I'm going to destroy you, Porphyrion, and feed you to your own wolves."
- Jason Grace, L:Jason, p.510
- "He called us...what, demigods?" "Don't know what demi means, but I'm not feeling too godly. You guys feeling godly?"
The Son of Neptune (2011)
- A street sign labeled the road to the main gate as VIA PRAETORIA. The other road, cutting across the middle of camp, was labeled VIA PRINCIPALIS. Under those markers were hand-painted signs like BERKELEY 5 MILES; NEW ROME 1 MILE; OLD ROME 7280 MILES; HADES 2310 MILES (pointing straight down); RENO 208 MILES; and CERTAIN DEATH: YOU ARE HERE!
- Percy Jackson, III: Percy, p. 32
- Until that morning, her brother Nico had been the most powerful demigod she knew. The others at Camp Jupiter saw him as a traveling oddball, about as harmless as the fauns. Hazel knew better. She hadn't grown up with Nico, hadn't even known him very long. But she knew Nico was more dangerous than Reyna, or Octavian, or maybe even Jason.
Then she'd met Percy.
At first, when she saw him stumbling up the highway with the old lady in his arms, Hazel had thought he might be a god in disguise. Even though he was beat up, dirty, and stooped with exhaustion, he'd had an aura of power.
- Hazel Levesque, V: Hazel, p. 61
- "Pluto's cool. It's not his fault he runs the Underworld. He just got bad luck when the gods were dividing up the world, you know? Jupiter got the sky, Neptune got the sea, and Pluto got the shaft."
- Frank Zhang, IX: Frank, p. 111
- "Banks can be robbed. Building can burn down. Strange things conspire when one tries to cheat fate."
- Grandmother Zhang, X: Frank, p. 124
- "There! A prophecy. You can add it to your books, engrave it on your floor, whatever."
"This says, 'Go to Alaska. Find Thanatos and free him. Come back by June twenty-fourth or die.'"
"Yes. Is that not clear?"
"Well, my lord... prophecies are usually unclear. They're wrapped in riddles. They rhyme, and..."
"The prophecy is clear! A quest!"
- Mars and Octavian, XII: Frank, p. 149
- "Oh, I'm strictly nonviolent. I can act in self-defense, but I won't be drawn into any more Olympian aggression, thank you very much. I've been reading about Buddhism. And Taoism. I haven't decided between them."
"But... Aren't you a Greek goddess?"
"Don't try to put me in a box, demigod! I'm not defined by my past."
- Iris and Hazel Levesque, XXI: Frank, p. 240
- "What are these guys?” he whispered.
“Canadians,” Percy said. Frank leaned away from him. “Excuse me?”
- Percy Jackson and Frank Zhang, XXXIV: Frank, p. 362
- "Your mom used to tell me this Chinese proverb. Eat bitter-"
"Eat bitter, taste sweet. I hate that proverb."
"But it's true. What do they call it these days-no pain, no gain? Same concept. You do the easy thing, the appealing thing, the peaceful thing, mostly it turns out sour in the end. But if you take the hard path-ah, that's how you reap the sweet rewards. Duty Sacrafice. They mean something."
- Mars and Frank Zhang, XXXIV: Frank, p. 363
- "Fair.. You'd be amazed how often I hear that word, Frank Zhang, and how meaningless it is. Is it fair that your life will burn so short and bright? Was it fair when I guided your mother to the Underworld? No. Not fair. And yet it was her time. There is no fairness in Death. If you free me, I will do my duty."
- Thanatos, god of Death, XLIV: Hazel, p. 447
The Mark of Athena (2012)
- Annabeth put her knee to Percy's chest. She pushed her forearm against his throat. She didn't care what the Romans thought. A white-hot lump of anger expanded in her chest-a tumor of worry and bitterness that she'd been carrying around since last autumn.
"If you ever leave me again," she said, her eyes stinging, "I swear to all the gods-"
Percy had the nerve to laugh. Suddenly the lump of heated emotions melted inside Annabeth.
"Consider me warned," Percy said. "I missed you, too."
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, their first meeting in the series, II: Annabeth, p. 16
- He had no idea where the stereotype of dumb giggly blondes came from. Ever since he'd met Annabeth at the Grand Canyon last winter, when she'd marched toward him with that Give me Percy Jackson or I'll kill you expression, Leo thought of blondes as much too smart and much too dangerous.
- Leo Valdez, V: Leo, p. 52
- She loved the architecture here. The houses and gardens were very beautiful, very Roman. But she wondered why beautiful things had to be wrapped up with evil history. Or was it the other way around? Maybe the evil history made it necessary to build beautiful things, to mask the darker aspects.
- Annabeth Chase, XVIII: Annabeth, p. 229
- Hercules was a bitter, selfish jerk. He'd hurt too many people, and he wanted to keep on hurting them. Maybe he'd had some bad breaks. Maybe the gods had kicked him around. But that didn't excuse it. A hero couldn't control the gods, but he should be able to control himself.
- Piper McLean, XXVIII: Piper, p. 348
- Percy didn't feel powerful. The more heroic stuff he did, the more he realized how limited he was. He felt like a fraud. I'm not as great as you think., he wanted to warn his friends. His failures, like tonight, seemed to prove it. Maybe that's why he had started to fear suffocation. It wasn't so much drowning in the earth or the sea, but the feeling that was sinking into too many expectations, literally getting in over his head.
- Percy Jackson, XXXI: Percy, p. 379
- Annabeth thought she knew pain. She had fallen off the lava wall at Camp Half-Blood. She'd been stabbed in the arm with a poison blade on the Williamsburg Bridge. She had even held the weight of the sky on her shoulders.
But that was nothing compared to landing hard on her ankle.
- Annabeth Chase, XXXV: Annabeth, p. 420
- "Stay where I can see you."
"What are we, kids?"
"Kids are baby goats. They're cute, and they have redeeming social value. You are definitely not kids."
- Coach Gleeson Hedge and Jason Grace, XLI: Piper, p. 472
- "Percy, let me go. You can't pull me up."
His face was white with effort. She could see in his eyes that he knew it was hopeless.
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, LI: Annabeth, p. 567
- Percy tightened his grip on Annabeth's wrist. His face was gaunt, scraped and bloody, his hair dusted with cobwebs, but when he locked eyes with her, she thought he had never looked more handsome.
"We're staying together," he promised. "You're not getting away from me. Never again."
Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall.
"As long as we're together."
- Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, LI: Annabeth, p. 568
The House of Hades (2013)
- "Janus and his doorways. He would have you believe that all choices are black or white, yes or no, in or out. In fact, it's not that simple. Whenever you reach the crossroads, there are always at least three ways to go... four, if you count going backward.
- Hecate, IV: Hazel, p. 22
- "I'll succeed. And Hecate? I'm not choosing one of your paths. I'm making my own. We're going to find a way to stop Gaea. we're going to rescue our friends from Tartarus. We're going to keep the crew and the ship together, and we're going to stop Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood from going to war. We're going to do it all."
"Interesting. That would be magic worth seeing."
- Hazel Levesque and Hecate, IV: Hazel, p. 29
- "It's natural to feel fear. All great warriors are afraid. Only the stupid and the delusional are not. But you faced your fear, my son. You did what you had to do, like Horatious. This was your bridge, and you defended it.
- Mars, XX: Frank, p. 151
- Your beloved has unleashed a special curs-a bitter thought from someone you abandoned. You punished an innocent soul by leaving her behind in solitude. Now her most hateful wish has come to pass: Annabeth feels her despair. She, too, will perish alone and abandoned.
- The Arai, XXX: Percy, p. 235
- Oh, did you expect me to play fair? I am the God of love. I am never fair. [...]
"Is this guy Love or Death?"
"Ask your friends. Frank, Hazel, and Percy met my counterpart, Thanatos. We are not so different. Except Death is sometimes kinder.
- Cupid and Jason Grace, XXXVI: Jason, p. 285
- If this invisible guy was Love, Jason was beginning to think Love was overrated. He liked Piper's version better-considerate, kind, and beautiful. Aphrodite he could understand. Cupid seemed more like an enforcer.
- Jason Grace, XXXVI: Jason, p. 289
- "What have the demigods given you? They have erased your old self, everything you were. Titans and giants... we are meant to be the foes of the gods and their children. Are we not?"
"Then why did you heal the boy?"
"I have been wondering that myself. Perhaps because the girl goaded me, or perhaps... I find these two demigods intriguing. They are resilient to have made it so far. That is admirable. Still, how can we help them any further? It is not our fate."
"Perhaps. But... do you like our fate?"
"What a question. Does anyone like his fate?"
- Damasen and Bob/Iapetus, XL: Annabeth, p. 312
- Maybe love was no match for ice... but Piper had used it to wake a metal dragon. Mortals did superhuman feats in the name of love all the time. Mothers lifted cars to save their children. And Piper was more than just mortal. She was a demigod. A hero.
- Piper McLean, XLIV: Piper, p. 343
- "This took so long to make."
"You can't rush perfection."
"Yes, but will it work?"
"Getting out, no problem. But to get back I'll need Festus and-"
"Festus. My bronze dragon. Once I figure out how to rebuild him, I'll-"
"You told me about Festus. But what do you mean get back?"
"Well.. to get back here, duh. I'm sure I said that."
"You most definitely did not."
"I'm not gonna leave you here! After you helped me and everything? Of course I'm coming back."
- Calypso and Leo Valdez, LII: Leo, p. 401
- "I am the mother of all terrors! The Fates themselves! Hecate! Old Age! Pain! Sleep! Death! And all of the curses! Behld how newsworthy I am!"
- Nyx, LIII: Annabeth, p. 409
- "You remind of my own children, Jason Grace. You have blown from place to place. You are undecided. You change day to day. If you could turn the wind sock, which way would it blow?"
"You say you need a navigator. You need my permission. I say you need neither. It is time to choose a direction. A wind that blows aimlessly is of no use to anyone."
- Auster and Jason Grace, LVIII: Jason, p. 433
- So what if he was a hero? So what if he did something brave? Evil was always here, regenerating, bubbling under the surface. Percy was no more than a minor annoyance to these immortal beings. They just had to out wait him.
- Percy Jackson, LXI: Percy, p. 452
- Okay, maybe monsters kept coming back forever. But so did demigods. Generation after generation, Camp Half-Blood had endured. And Camp Jupiter. Even seperately, the two camps had survived. Now, if the Greeks and Romans could come together, they would be even stronger.
There was still hope.
- Percy Jackson, LXI: Percy, p. 453
- "Get in the elevator. I'll hold the button."
"Yeah, right! You promised, Seaweed Brain. We would not get seperated! Ever again!"
"Love you too!"
- Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, LXX: Annabeth, p. 521
- Tartarus was in a class all by himself. He was more powerful than the gods or Titans. Demigods were nothing to him. If Percy charged to help Bob, he would squashed like an ant.
But Annabeth also knew that Percy wouldn't listen. He couldn't leave Bob to die alone. That just wasn't him-and that was one of the many reasons she loved him, even if he was an Olympian sized pain in the podex.
"We'll go together."
- Annabeth Chase, LXX: Annabeth, p. 527
The Blood of Olympus (2014)
- His mother's unkept promise was at the core of who he was. He'd built his whole life around the irratation of her words, like the grain of sand at the center of a pearl.
People lie. Promises are broken.
That was why, as much as it chafed him, Jason followed rules. He kept his promises. He never wanted to abandon anyone the way he'd been abadoned and lied to.
- Jason Grace, III: Jason, p. 31
- When she died, the words would probably be written on her tombstone: There were too many of them.
- Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano, VIII: Reyna, p. 79
- As always, the subject of Bianca lay between them like a loaded gun-deadly, easy to reach, impossible to ignore.
- Nico di Angelo, XIV: Nico, p. 148
- You could make even the most terrifying topic easier to talk about by framing it as something that happened to a couple of Cherokee hunters hundreds of years ago.
- Piper McLean, XVIII: Piper, p. 180
- "We're going to run out there together."
"I have no idea."
"Gods, I hate it when you lead."
- Piper McLean and Annabeth Chase, XX: Piper, p. 206
- "You've got the wrong impression."
"You've got the wrong impression, if you think you can attack me and take me captive. Where are my friends?"
"Unharmed, right where you left them. Look, it's three to one and your hands are tied."
"You're right. Get another six of you in here and it might be a fair fight."
- Phoebe (A Hunter of Artemis) and Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano, XXII: Reyna, p. 219
- "My mother showed me the truth. I was fighting against my own nature, and it brought me nothing but misery. Giants are not meant to love mortals or gods. Gaea helped me accept what I am. Eventually we all must return home, Praetor. We must embrace our past, no matter how bitter and dark."
- Orion, XXIV: Reyna, p. 242
"That's a myth."
"Uh... don't we deal in myths?"
"No, I mean it's a made-up myth. Not, like, an actual true myth."
"So this is why Annabeth is the brains of the operation, then?"
"Shut up, Grace."
- Jason Grace and Percy Jackson, XXV: Jason, p. 253
- "You should've died for your crimes. That was the punishment. Instead you got exile. You should have stayed away. Your father Orcus may not approve of broken oaths. But my father Hades really doesn't approve of those who escape punishment."
That word didn't make sense to Nico. The Underworld had no mercy. It only had justice.
- Nico di Angelo and Bryce Lawrence, XXXI: Nico, p. 297
- "Talking to enemy statues now? Futile. You have roughly two minutes of life."
"Oh, but I don't abide by your time frame, giant. A Roman does not wait for death. She seeks it out, and meets it on her own terms."
- Orion and Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano, XXXIX: Reyna, p. 373
- Never assume you're safe, and never, ever tempt the Fates by announcing that you think you're safe.
- Piper McLean, XLI: Piper, p. 378
- "You're late."
"Sorry, Sunshine. Traffic was murder."
"You are covered with soot. And you managed to ruin the clothes I made for you, which were impossible to ruin."
"Well, you know. I'm all about doing the impossible."
- Calypso and Leo Valdez, LVIII: Leo, p. 500