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The Iliad Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from The Iliad
  1. #1
    His descent was like nightfall.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Phoebus Apollo
    concepts
    StealthNight
  2. #2
    Beauty! Terrible Beauty! A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    characters
    HelenChiefs of Troy
    concept
    Beauty
  3. #3
    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
  4. #4
    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. #5
    My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Life
  6. #6
    I say no wealth is worth my life!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concepts
    WorthMoneyLife
  7. #7
    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
  8. #8
    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
  1. #9
    No man or woman born, coward or brave, can shun his destiny.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    concept
    Destiny
  2. #10
    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
  3. #11
    The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.
  4. #12
    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
  5. #13
    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
  6. #14
    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
  7. #15
    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
  8. #16
    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
  1. #17
    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
  2. #18
    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
  3. #19
    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. #20
    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
    LycaonAchilles
    concept
    Death
  5. #21
    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
  6. #22
    We men are wretched things.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Human Nature
  7. #23
    Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Odysseus
    concepts
    StrengthBravery
  8. #24
    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
    SadnessGrief
  9. #25
    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
    WarCowardice
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