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Homer Quotes

52 of the best book quotes from Homer
  1. #1
    “So, surrender to sleep at last. What a misery, keeping watch through the night, wide awake -- you’ll soon come up from under all your troubles.”
  2. #2
    “Nobody -- that’s my name. Nobody -- so my mother and father call me, all my friends.”
    author
    Homer
    person
    Parents
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    friendshipnames
  3. #3
    “Her gifts were mixed with good and evil both.”
  4. #4
    “Man is the vainest of all creatures that have their being upon earth.”
  5. #5
    “And now, tell me and tell me true. Where have you been wandering, and in what countries have you travelled? Tell us of the peoples themselves, and of their cities—who were hostile, savage and uncivilised, and who, on the other hand, hospitable and humane.”
  6. #6
    “God of the golden wand, why have you come? A beloved, honored friend, but it’s been so long, your visits much too rare. Tell me what’s on your mind. I’m eager to do it, whatever I can do . . . whatever can be done.”
    author
    Homer
    person
    God
    book
    Odyssey
    concept
    friendship
  7. #7
    “There is a time for making speeches, and a time for going to bed.”
    author
    Homer
    book
    Odyssey
    character
    Ulysses
    concepts
    wordstalkingsleeping
  8. #8
    “Would that I were still young and strong as I was in those days, for then some one of you swineherds would give me a cloak both out of good will and for the respect due to a brave soldier; but now people look down upon me because my clothes are shabby.”
  9. #9
    “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.”
  10. #10
    “For there is nothing better in this world than that man and wife should be of one mind in a house.”
  1. #11
    Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Odysseus
    concepts
    braverystrength
  2. #12
    You, why are you so afraid of war and slaughter? Even if all the rest of us drop and die around you, grappling for the ships, you’d run no risk of death: you lack the heart to last it out in combat—coward!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concepts
    cowardicewar
  3. #13
    The proud heart feels not terror nor turns to run and it is his own courage that kills him.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concepts
    deathcouragepride
  4. #14
    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
  5. #15
    But listen to me first and swear an oath to use all your eloquence and strength to look after me and protect me.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Calchas
    concept
    protecting
  6. #16
    I say no wealth is worth my life!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concepts
    worthmoneylife
  7. #17
    My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    life
  8. #18
    “But the great leveler, Death: not even the gods can defend a man, not even one they love, that day when fate takes hold and lays him out at last.”
    author
    Homer
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    deathlovefate
  9. #19
    “Captain, this is madness! High time you thought of your own home at last, if it really is your fate to make it back alive and reach your well-built house and native land.”
  10. #20
    “Quick, dear boy, come in, let me look at you, look to my heart’s content -- under my own roof, the rover home at last.”
  1. #21
    “But I will gladly advise him -- I’ll hide nothing--”
  2. #22
    “Sitting, still, weeping, his eyes never dry, his sweet life flowing away with the tears he wept for his foiled journey home.”
  3. #23
    “No need my unlucky one, to grieve here any longer, no, don’t waste your life away. Now I am willing heart and soul to send you off at last.”
  4. #24
    “If only the gods are willing. They rule the vaulting skies. They’re stronger than I to plan and drive things home.”
    author
    Homer
    person
    God
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    strengthpower
  5. #25
    “Passage home? Never. Surely you’re plotting something else, goddess, urging me -- in a raft -- to cross the ocean’s mighty gulfs. So vast, so full of danger not even the deep-sea ships can make it through, swift as they are and buoyed up by the winds of Zeus himself.”
    author
    Homer
    person
    God
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    homedangerous
  6. #26
    “I won’t set foot on a raft until you show good faith, until you consent to swear, goddess, a binding oath you’ll never plot some new intrigue to harm me!”
    author
    Homer
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    promisesfaith
  7. #27
    “I swear by the greatest, grimmest oath that binds the happy gods.”
    author
    Homer
    person
    God
    book
    Odyssey
    concept
    promises
  8. #28
    “Never. All I have in mind and devise for you are the very plans I’d fashion for myself if I were in your straits.”
    author
    Homer
    book
    Odyssey
    concept
    Golden Rule
  9. #29
    “My every impulse bends to what is right. Not iron, trust me, the heart with my breast. I am all compassion.”
  10. #30
    “Good luck to you, even so. Farewell! But if you only knew, down deep, what pains are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore.”
  1. #31
    “Few sons are the equals of their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them.”
    author
    Homer
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    fatherschildren
  2. #32
    “But you, brave and adept from this day on . . . there’s hope that you will reach your goal . . . the journey that stirs you now is not far off.”
  3. #33
    There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Aphrodite
    concept
    love
  4. #34
    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
  5. #35
    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.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concept
    life
  6. #36
    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
  7. #37
    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.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Glaucus
    concepts
    deathlife
  8. #38
    We men are wretched things.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Human Nature
  9. #39
    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.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concept
    fate
  10. #40
    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.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concept
    death

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  1. #41
    No man or woman born, coward or brave, can shun his destiny.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    concept
    destiny
  2. #42
    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
  3. #43
    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
  4. #44
    His descent was like nightfall.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Phoebus Apollo
    concepts
    Stealthnight
  5. #45
    There is nothing alive more agonized than man of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Zeus
    concept
    pain
  6. #46
    Beauty! Terrible Beauty! A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    characters
    HelenChiefs of Troy
    concept
    beauty
  7. #47
    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
  8. #48
    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
  9. #49
    The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.
  10. #50
    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.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    King Agamemnon
    concept
    destruction
  11. #51
    “The same honor waits for the coward and the brave. They both go down to Death.”
    author
    Homer
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Honor
  12. #52
    “If one believes Homer, Sisyphus was the wisest and most prudent of mortals. According to another tradition, however, he was disposed to practice the profession of highwayman. I see no contradiction in this.”
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