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The Iliad Quotes

26 of the best book quotes from The Iliad
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Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.
Homer
author
The Iliad
book
Odysseus
character
bravery
strength
concepts
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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!
Homer
author
Hektor
character
war
cowardice
concepts
03
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The proud heart feels not terror nor turns to run and it is his own courage that kills him.
Homer
author
Hektor
character
courage
death
pride
concepts
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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.
Homer
author
Parents
person
Achilles
Patroclus
characters
05
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But listen to me first and swear an oath to use all your eloquence and strength to look after me and protect me.
Homer
author
Calchas
character
protecting
concept
06
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I say no wealth is worth my life!
Homer
author
Achilles
character
life
worth
money
concepts
07
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My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius
Homer
author
Achilles
character
life
concept
08
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There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.
Homer
author
Aphrodite
character
love
concept
09
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Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
lies
concept
10
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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.
Homer
author
Hektor
character
life
concept
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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.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
life
concept
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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.
Homer
author
Glaucus
character
death
life
concepts
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We men are wretched things.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
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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.
Homer
author
Hektor
character
fate
concept
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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.
Homer
author
Hektor
character
death
concept
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No man or woman born, coward or brave, can shun his destiny.
Homer
author
destiny
concept
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Come, Friend, you too must die. Why moan about it so? Even Patroclus died, a far, far better man than you.
Homer
author
Achilles
Lycaon
characters
death
concept
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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.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
death
war
concepts
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His descent was like nightfall.
Homer
author
night
stealth
concepts
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There is nothing alive more agonized than man of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.
Homer
author
Zeus
character
pain
concept
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Beauty! Terrible Beauty! A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!
Homer
author
Chiefs of Troy
Helen
characters
beauty
concept
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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.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
sadness
grief
concepts
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Now I am making an end of my anger. It does not become me, unrelentingly to rage on.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
anger
concept
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The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.
Homer
author
Achilles
character
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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.
Homer
author
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“Yes. Read The Iliad. It’s full of references to the stuff. Whenever divine or monstrous elements mix with the mortal world, they generate Mist, which obscures the vision of humans. You will see things just as they are, being a half-blood, but humans will interpret things quite differently. Remarkable, really, the lengths to which humans will go to fit things into their version of reality.”

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