Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.
For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.
While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.
Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.
Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.
Rick Riordan Quotes
With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.
Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.
Be careful of love. It’ll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.
Don’t feel bad, I’m usually about to die.
It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all.
Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.
Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.
It’s hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one.
The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was alive.
Humans see what they want to see.
The real world is where the monsters are.
Where’s the glory in repeating what others have done?
Life is only precious because it ends, kid.
Getting something and having the wits to use it…those are two different things.
But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.
It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.
You must forge your own path for it to mean anything.
Suspecting and knowing are not the same.
Delaying death is one of my favorite hobbies.
It’s useless to lecture a human.
Survive first. Figure out crayon drawing of destiny later.
No one can hate you with more intensity than someone who used to love you.
There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it.
Names have power.
Sometimes mortals can be more horrible than monsters.
The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.
Remake the world, a little at a time, each in your own corner of the world.
Oh, I wouldn’t say Love always makes you happy. Sometimes it makes you incredibly sad.
Sugar and caffeine. My willpower crumbled.
Don’t stay in one place too long. It was the only way to stay ahead of the sadness.
Great, I thought. We just blowtorched a national monument.
Back in my day, we died all the time, and we liked it!
Your head is full of kelp.
You can’t choose your parentage. But you can choose your legacy.
When she kissed me, I had the feeling my brain was melting right through my body.
I feel so wanted. Thanks.
I don’t define myself by the boys who may or may not like me.
Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.
Our desires reveal us. They show us for who we really are.
Yours in demigodishness, and all that. Peace out!
Yeah, well. I don’t try to be awesome. It just comes natural.
Decapitation is not a healthy lifestyle choice.
The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice.
I wasn’t aiming at the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway.
Love was the most savage monster of all.
We’ve all got weaknesses. Me, for instance. I’m tragically funny and good-looking.
Nothing lasts forever, not even the best machines. And everything can be reused.
Sometimes wisdom came from strange places, even from giant teenaged goldfish.
Humor was a good way to hide the pain.
A hero can go anywhere, challenge anyone, as long as he has the nerve.
Great victory requires great risk.
He hated when his own advice applied to himself.
Love is on every side, and no one’s side. Don’t ask what Love can do for you.
A real man’s weapon is his mind.
Sometimes small things can become very large, indeed.
A wind that blows aimlessly is no good to anyone.
Not all monsters were three-ton reptiles with poisonous breath. Many wore human faces.
I want some time without you organic life forms.
Death has more in common with Love than you might imagine.
True success requires sacrifice.
Your voice is your identity.
I try very hard to be annoying. Don’t insult my ability to annoy.
Keep moving. Don’t get bogged down. Don’t think about the bad stuff. Smile and joke even when you don’t feel like it. Especially when you don’t feel like it.
I won’t go looking for trouble. I usually don’t have too.
The most dangerous flaws are those which are good in moderation.
He just raised the dead with coke and cheeseburgers.
Egyptians believe in the power of the sunrise. They believe each morning begins not just a new day, but a new world.
Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.
Love is powerful. It can bring the gods to their knees.
Words are the source of all power. And names are more than just a collection of letters.
Sometimes you have to lose a piece to win a game.
Hope does not leave without being given permission.
Love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest and bravest acts are done for love.
I wake up every morning and think: You know what would be good today? Not dying.
Hope survives best at the hearth.
Always, Always have a plan.
Swords can’t solve every problem.
You will not find love where you wish or where you hope.
One basketball to rule them all.
The world may need fixing, but it’s worth preserving.
Nobody welcomes a war – not if they’re smart. But war finds everyone sooner or later. It’s inevitable.
Many of the best traps are simple. You just have to think about it, and hope your victim doesn’t.
Strange things conspire when one tries to cheat fate.
Love and war always go together. They are the peaks of human emotion! Evil and good, beauty and ugliness
It is a costly thing, looking on the true face of Love.
Knowledge of any value can’t be given. It must be sought and earned.
I’m all about doing the impossible.
The dead aren’t scary. They are just sad.