Homer quotes

“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“Even a fool learns something once it hits him.”
― Homer, Iliad
“Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier;
I have seen worse sights than this.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!”
― Homer
“The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend as to find a friend worth dying for.”
― Homer
“Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“We men are wretched things.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“I didn’t lie! I just created fiction with my mouth!”
― Homer
“Ah how shameless – the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“Why so much grief for me? No man will hurl me down to Death, against my fate. And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it, neither brave man nor coward, I tell you – it’s born with us the day that we are born.”
― Homer, The Iliad
“[I]t is the wine that leads me on,
the wild wine
that sets the wisest man to sing
at the top of his lungs,
laugh like a fool – it drives the
man to dancing… it even
tempts him to blurt out stories
better never told.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say
that we devise their misery. But they
themselves- in their depravity- design
grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.”
“Achilles glared at him and answered, “Fool, prate not to me about covenants. There can be no covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out an through. Therefore there can be no understanding between you and me, nor may there be any covenants between us, till one or other shall fall”
― Homer, The Iliad
“My name is Nobody.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“Any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”
“some things you will think of yourself,…some things God will put into your mind”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“Each man delights in the work that suits him best.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“The journey is the thing.”
― Homer
“There will be killing till the score is paid.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.”
― Homer, The Odyssey
“…like that star of the waning summer who beyond all stars rises bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance.”
― Homer, The Iliad