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Achilles Quotes

19 of the best book quotes from Achilles
  1. #1
    “Achilles’ eyes were bright in the firelight, his face drawn sharply by the flickering shadows. I would know is in dark or disguise, told myself. I would know it even in madness.”
  2. #2
    “Later Achilles would play the lyre, as Chiron and I listened. My mother’s lyre. He had brought it with him.
    ‘I wish I had known,’ I said, the first day when he showed it to me.
  3. #3
    “We reached for each other and I thought of how many nights I had lain awake in this room loving him in silence.”
  4. #4
    “This is how I think of us, when I remember our nights at Troy: Achilles and I beside each other, Phoinix smiling and Automedon stuttering through the punch lines of jokes, and Briseis with her secret eyes and quick, spilling laughter.”
  5. #5
    “I conjure the boy I knew. Achilles, grinning as the figs blur in his hands. His green eyes laughing into mine. Catch, he says. Achilles, outlined against the sky, hanging from a branch over the river.”
  6. #6
    “We reached for each other, and I thought of how many nights I had lain awake loving him in silence.”
  7. #7
    Like a girl, a baby running after her mother, begging to be picked up, and she tugs on her skirts, holding her back as she tries to hurry off—all tears, fawning up at her, till she takes her in her arms… That’s how you look, Patroclus, streaming live tears.
    author
    Homer
    person
    Parents
    book
    The Iliad
    characters
    PatroclusAchilles
  8. #8
    I say no wealth is worth my life!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concepts
    worthmoneylife
  9. #9
    My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    life
  1. #10
    Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    lies
  2. #11
    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.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    life
  3. #12
    We men are wretched things.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Human Nature
  4. #13
    Come, Friend, you too must die. Why moan about it so? Even Patroclus died, a far, far better man than you.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    characters
    AchillesLycaon
    concept
    death
  5. #14
    Death and the strong force of fate are waiting. There will come a dawn or sunset or high noon when a man will take my life in battle too -- flinging a spear perhaps or whipping a deadly arrow off his bow.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concepts
    wardeath
  6. #15
    And overpowered by memory both men gave way to grief. Priam wept freely for man - killing Hector, throbbing, crouching before Achilles’ feet as Achilles wept himself, now for his father, now for Patroclus once again and their sobbing rose and fell throughout the house.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concepts
    griefsadness
  7. #16
    Now I am making an end of my anger. It does not become me, unrelentingly to rage on.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    anger
  8. #17
    The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.
  9. #18
    “The same honor waits for the coward and the brave. They both go down to Death.”
    author
    Homer
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Honor
  10. #19
    “That was Dienekes’ job. That was why he wore the transverse-crested helmet of an officer. His was not, I could see now, the heroism of an Achilles. He was not a superman who waded invulnerably into the slaughter, single-handedly slaying the foe by myriads.”
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