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Odyssey Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Odyssey
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“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.”
Homer
author
Odyssey
book
sleeping
work
night
misery
hoping
concepts
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“Nobody -- that’s my name. Nobody -- so my mother and father call me, all my friends.”
Homer
author
Parents
person
names
friendship
concepts
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“Her gifts were mixed with good and evil both.”
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“Man is the vainest of all creatures that have their being upon earth.”
Homer
author
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“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.”
Homer
author
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“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.”
Homer
author
God
person
friendship
concept
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“There is a time for making speeches, and a time for going to bed.”
Homer
author
Ulysses
character
words
talking
sleeping
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
author
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“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.”
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“For there is nothing better in this world than that man and wife should be of one mind in a house.”
Homer
author
Husband
Wife
persons
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“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.”
Homer
author
fate
death
love
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
author
fate
home
travel
madness
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
author
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“But I will gladly advise him -- I’ll hide nothing--”
Homer
author
advice
mentor
truth
concepts
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“Sitting, still, weeping, his eyes never dry, his sweet life flowing away with the tears he wept for his foiled journey home.”
Homer
author
crying
journeys
home
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
author
luck
grief
heart
soul
concepts
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“If only the gods are willing. They rule the vaulting skies. They’re stronger than I to plan and drive things home.”
Homer
author
God
person
strength
power
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
author
God
person
dangerous
home
concepts
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“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!”
Homer
author
promises
faith
concepts
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“I swear by the greatest, grimmest oath that binds the happy gods.”
Homer
author
God
person
promises
concept
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“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.”
Homer
author
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“My every impulse bends to what is right. Not iron, trust me, the heart with my breast. I am all compassion.”
Homer
author
right
trust
compassion
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
author
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“Few sons are the equals of their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them.”
Homer
author
fathers
children
concepts
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“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.”
Homer
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