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100 Memorable Quotes By Homer To Live By

Famous As: Author
Born On: 928 BC
Born In: Ionia, Greece
Homer was an author, intellectual and philosopher in ancient Greece, who is credited with writing two of the greatest epics in the history of literature. There is no consensus as to the ancient period in which he lived; some estimates place it at 850 BCE while others place it at around 1102 BCE. There have been plenty of ancient Greek authors who are considered to be among the greatest in the world and Homer towers above all of them for being the original master. One of Greece’s greatest thinkers Plato called him ‘the first teacher’ and went on to state that Homer was the one who ‘taught Greece’. Homer penned the ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey’; the two great epics of ancient Greece and has firmly cemented his place among the greatest poets in the world. Homer was also an outstanding orator and it is estimated that a large bulk of his work was in the form of speeches. Most of those speeches provided the intellectuals of a later age with the template of making a persuasive argument as regards to the topic of their choice. As such, it is not a sur-prise that Homer has left behind a great many quotes that would be relevant forever and here are some of the select ones. 
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Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.

Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.

Homer
…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.

…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
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

Homer
There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

Homer
Even a fool learns something once it hits him.

Even a fool learns something once it hits him.

Homer
For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother

For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother

Homer
A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time

A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time

Homer
There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

Homer
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

Homer
Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; 
I have seen worse sights than this.

Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.

Homer
The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend as to find a friend worth dying for.

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend as to find a friend worth dying for.

Homer
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.

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
Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death

Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death

Homer
I didn't lie! I just created fiction with my mouth!

I didn't lie! I just created fiction with my mouth!

Homer
We men are wretched things.

We men are wretched things.

Homer
Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.

Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.

Homer
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.

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.

Homer
The journey is the thing.

The journey is the thing.

Homer
Some things you will think of yourself,...some things God will put into your mind

Some things you will think of yourself,...some things God will put into your mind

Homer
Each man delights in the work that suits him best.

Each man delights in the work that suits him best.

Homer
Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say
that we devise their misery. But they
themselves- in their depravity- design
grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.

Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say that we devise their misery. But they themselves- in their depravity- design grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.

Homer
There will be killing till the score is paid.

There will be killing till the score is paid.

Homer
Life is largely a matter of expectation.

Life is largely a matter of expectation.

Homer
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.

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
My name is Nobody.

My name is Nobody.

Homer
If you serve too many masters, you'll soon suffer.

If you serve too many masters, you'll soon suffer.

Homer
The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.

The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.

Homer
...like that star of the waning summer who beyond all stars rises bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance.

...like that star of the waning summer who beyond all stars rises bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance.

Homer
Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement.

Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement.

Homer
Why cover the same ground again? ... It goes against my grain to repeat a tale told once, and told so clearly.

Why cover the same ground again? ... It goes against my grain to repeat a tale told once, and told so clearly.

Homer
No man or woman born, coward or brave, can shun his destiny.

No man or woman born, coward or brave, can shun his destiny.

Homer
Out of sight,out of mind

Out of sight,out of mind

Homer
And empty words are evil.

And empty words are evil.

Homer
Few sons are like their fathers--most are worse, few better.

Few sons are like their fathers--most are worse, few better.

Homer
There is nothing alive more agonized than man / of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.

There is nothing alive more agonized than man / of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.

Homer
Immortals are never alien to one another.

Immortals are never alien to one another.

Homer
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

Homer
Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile

Homer
His descent was like nightfall.

His descent was like nightfall.

Homer
Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause.

Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause.

Homer
Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die.

Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die.

Homer
Beauty! Terrible Beauty! 
A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!

Beauty! Terrible Beauty! A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!

Homer
Choose well.

Choose well.

Homer
Too many kings can ruin an army

Too many kings can ruin an army

Homer
Aries in his many fits knows no favorites.

Aries in his many fits knows no favorites.

Homer
Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.

Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.

Homer
Why have you come to me here, dear heart, with all these instructions? I promise you I will do everything just as you ask. But come closer. Let us give in to grief, however briefly, in each other's arms.

Why have you come to me here, dear heart, with all these instructions? I promise you I will do everything just as you ask. But come closer. Let us give in to grief, however briefly, in each other's arms.

Homer
…but there they lay, sprawled across the field, craved far more by the vultures than by wives.

…but there they lay, sprawled across the field, craved far more by the vultures than by wives.

Homer
The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.

The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.

Homer
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.

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
Tell me, O muse, of travellers far and wide

Tell me, O muse, of travellers far and wide

Homer
You, you insolent brazen bitch—you really dare to shake that monstrous spear in Father’s face?

You, you insolent brazen bitch—you really dare to shake that monstrous spear in Father’s face?

Homer
By hook or by crook this peril too shall be something that we remember

By hook or by crook this peril too shall be something that we remember

Homer
He knew how to say many false things that were like true sayings.

He knew how to say many false things that were like true sayings.

Homer
Come then, put away your sword in its sheath, and let us two go up into my bed so that, lying together in the bed of love, we may then have faith and trust in each other.

Come then, put away your sword in its sheath, and let us two go up into my bed so that, lying together in the bed of love, we may then have faith and trust in each other.

Homer
The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.

The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.

Homer
Down from his brow
she ran his curls
like thick hyacinth clusters
full of blooms

Down from his brow she ran his curls like thick hyacinth clusters full of blooms

Homer
Is he not sacred, even to the gods, the wandering man who comes in weariness?

Is he not sacred, even to the gods, the wandering man who comes in weariness?

Homer
It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be.

It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be.

Homer
I have no interest at all in food and drink, but only in slaughter and blood and the agonized groans of mangled men

I have no interest at all in food and drink, but only in slaughter and blood and the agonized groans of mangled men

Homer
Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be more lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.

Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be more lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.

Homer
Say not a word in death's favor; I would rather be a paid servant in a poor man's house and be above ground than king of kings among the dead.

Say not a word in death's favor; I would rather be a paid servant in a poor man's house and be above ground than king of kings among the dead." -Achilles

Homer
A small rock holds back a great wave.

A small rock holds back a great wave.

Homer
Think not to match yourself against the gods, for men that walk the earth cannot hold their own with the immortals.

Think not to match yourself against the gods, for men that walk the earth cannot hold their own with the immortals.

Homer
I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.

I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.

Homer
Have patience, heart.

Have patience, heart.

Homer
I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another

I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another

Homer
Do not beg me by knees or by parents you dog! I only wish I were savagely wrathful enough to hack up your corpse and eat it raw

Do not beg me by knees or by parents you dog! I only wish I were savagely wrathful enough to hack up your corpse and eat it raw

Homer
But sing no more this bitter tale that wears my heart away

But sing no more this bitter tale that wears my heart away

Homer
Goddess of song, teach me the story
of a hero.

Goddess of song, teach me the story of a hero.

Homer
I say no wealth is worth my life.

I say no wealth is worth my life.

Homer
Antilochus! You're the most appalling driver in the world! Go to hell!

Antilochus! You're the most appalling driver in the world! Go to hell!

Homer
A guest never forgets the host who has treated him kindly.

A guest never forgets the host who has treated him kindly.

Homer
My every impulse bends to what is right

My every impulse bends to what is right

Homer
Nay if even in the house of Hades the dead forget their dead, yet will I even there be mindful of my dear comrade.

Nay if even in the house of Hades the dead forget their dead, yet will I even there be mindful of my dear comrade.

Homer
It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair.

It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair.

Homer
The sort of words a man says is the sort he hears in return.

The sort of words a man says is the sort he hears in return.

Homer
Ah my friend, if you and I could escape this fray and live forever, never a trace of age, immortal, I would never fight on the front lines again or command you to the field where men win fame.

Ah my friend, if you and I could escape this fray and live forever, never a trace of age, immortal, I would never fight on the front lines again or command you to the field where men win fame.

Homer
A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.

Homer
Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
of that man skilled in all ways of contending,
the wanderer, harried for years on end

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end

Homer
...if fifty bands of men surrounded us/ and every sword sang for your blood,/ you could make off still with their cows and sheep.

...if fifty bands of men surrounded us/ and every sword sang for your blood,/ you could make off still with their cows and sheep.

Homer
But listen to me first and swear an oath to use all your eloquence and strength to look after me and protect me.

But listen to me first and swear an oath to use all your eloquence and strength to look after me and protect me.

Homer
My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius

My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius

Homer
There is no greater fame for a man than that which he wins with his footwork or the skill of his hands.

There is no greater fame for a man than that which he wins with his footwork or the skill of his hands.

Homer
Getting out of jury duty is easy. The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.

Getting out of jury duty is easy. The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.

Homer
Young men's minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.

Young men's minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.

Homer
...he'll never lie - the man is far too wise.

...he'll never lie - the man is far too wise.

Homer
Reproach is infinite, and knows no end
So voluble a weapon is the tongue;
Wounded, we wound; and neither side can fail
For every man has equal strength to rail.

Reproach is infinite, and knows no end So voluble a weapon is the tongue; Wounded, we wound; and neither side can fail For every man has equal strength to rail.

Homer
Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing, sooner than war.

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing, sooner than war.

Homer
All men owe honor to the poets - honor and awe; for they are dearest to the Muse who puts upon their lips the ways of life.

All men owe honor to the poets - honor and awe; for they are dearest to the Muse who puts upon their lips the ways of life.

Homer
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.

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
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, as it pleases him, for he can do all things.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, as it pleases him, for he can do all things.

Homer
Always be the best, my boy, the bravest, and hold your head up high above all the others. Never disgrace the generation of your fathers. They were the bravest champions...

Always be the best, my boy, the bravest, and hold your head up high above all the others. Never disgrace the generation of your fathers. They were the bravest champions...

Homer
Fear, O Achilles, the wrath of heaven; think on your own father and have compassion upon me, who am the more pitiable

Fear, O Achilles, the wrath of heaven; think on your own father and have compassion upon me, who am the more pitiable

Homer
One omen is best; Defending the fatherland

One omen is best; Defending the fatherland

Homer
Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his power

Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his power

Homer
And his good wife will tear her cheeks in grief, his sons are orphans and he, soaking the soil red with his own blood, he rots away himself—more birds than women flocking round his body!

And his good wife will tear her cheeks in grief, his sons are orphans and he, soaking the soil red with his own blood, he rots away himself—more birds than women flocking round his body!

Homer
It is unfortunate for us, that, of some of the greatest men, we know least, and talk most.

It is unfortunate for us, that, of some of the greatest men, we know least, and talk most.

Homer
And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.

And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.

Homer
Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices

Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices

Homer