Homer Quotes (155 Quotes)


    But now, as it is, sorrows, unending sorrows must surge within your heart as well-for your own son's death. Never again will you embrace him stiding home. My spirit rebels-I've lost the will to live, to take my stand in the world of men-

    Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.

    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.

    You, you insolent brazen bitch-you really dare to shake that monstrous spear in Father's face?

    Cattle and fat sheep can all be had for the raiding, tripods for the trading, and tawny headed stallions. But a mans's lifebreath cannot come back again- no raiders in force, no trading brings it back, once it slips through a man's clenched teeth.




    A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time

    Fear, O Achilles, the wrath of heaven; think on your own father and have compassion upon me, who am the more pitiable


    Nay if even in the house of Hades the dead forget their dead, yet will I even there be mindful of my dear comrade.

    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.



    No one can hurry me down to Hades before my time, but if a man's hour is come, be he brave or be he coward, there is no escape for him when he has once been born.



    Upon my word, just see how mortal men always put the blame on us gods! We are the source of evil, so they say - when they have only their own madness to think if their miseries are worse than they ought to be.

    Ruin, eldest daughter of Zeus, she blinds us all, that fatal madness-she with those delicate feet of hers, never touching the earth, gliding over the heads of men to trap us all. She entangles one man, now another.

    By hook or by crook this peril too shall be something that we remember

    I wish that strife would vanish away from among gods and mortals, and gall, which makes a man grow angry for all his great mind, that gall of anger that swarms like smoke inside of a man's heart and becomes a thing sweeter to him by far than the dripping of honey.

    Why cover the same ground again? ... It goes against my grain to repeat a tale told once, and told so clearly.

    Sing to me, Muse, of the wrath of Achilles, son of Peleus, which brought countless ills upon the Acheans.

    Come then, put away your sword in its sheath, and let us two go up into my bed so that, lying together in the bed of love, we may then have faith and trust in each other.

    Is he not sacred, even to the gods, the wandering man who comes in weariness?

    Strife and Confusion joined the fight, along with cruel Death, who seized one wounded man while still alive and then another man without a wound, while pulling the feet of one more corpse out from the fight. The clothes Death wore around her shoulders were dyed red with human blood.

    All things are in the hand of heaven, and Folly, eldest of Jove's daughters, shuts men's eyes to their destruction. She walks delicately, not on the solid earth, but hovers over the heads of men to make them stumble or to ensnare them.


    It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair.

    The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.


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