Homer Quotes

Inspirational quotes by Homer

A generation of men is like a generation of leaves the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth - and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.
A small rock holds back a great wave.
The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for.
Evil deeds do not prosper the slow man catches up with the swift.
There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
By their own follies they perished, the fools.
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. But when dogs shame the gray head and gray chin and nakedness of an old man killed, it is the most piteous thing that happens among wretched mortals.
A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.
How God ever brings like to like.
For rarely are sons similar to their fathers most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.
There is a fullness of all things, even of sleep and love.
In saffron-colored mantle, from the tides of ocean rose the morning to bring light to gods and men.
It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.
It is equally wrong to speed a guest who does not want to go, and to keep one back who is eager. You ought to make welcome the present guest, and send forth the one who wishes to go.
It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.
It is not unseemly for a man to die fighting in defense of his country.
The glorious gifts of the gods are not to be cast aside.
Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.
He lives not long who battles with the immortals, nor do his children prattle about his knees when he has come back from battle and the dread fray.
He knew the things that were and the things that would be and the things that had been before.
The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men.
The fates have given mankind a patient soul.
Even when someone battles hard, there is an equal portion for one who lingers behind, and in the same honor are held both the coward and the brave man the idle man and he who has done much meet death alike.
You will certainly not be able to take the lead in all things yourself, for to one man a god has given deeds of war, and to another the dance, to another lyre and song, and in another wide-sounding Zeus puts a good mind.
The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.
May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this -when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and win high renown.
Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.
All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious.
The outcome of the war is in our hands the outcome of words is in the council.
A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.

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The Death Of A Soldier
 by Wallace Stevens

Life contracts and death is expected,
As in a season of autumn.
The soldier falls.

He does not become a three-days personage,
Imposing his separation,
Calling for pomp.

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