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Ancient Greek poet (c. 8th century B.C.)

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If a man obeys the gods they're quick to hear his prayers.

HOMER, The Iliad

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

HOMER, The Odyssey

Strife, only a slight thing when she first rears her head
but her head soon hits the sky as she strides across the earth.

HOMER, The Iliad

Even a fool learns something once it hits him.

HOMER, The Iliad

Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death.

HOMER, The Odyssey

Each future day increase of wealth shall bring,
And o'er the past Oblivion stretch her wing.

HOMER, The Odyssey

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

HOMER, The Iliad

'Tis the wine that leads me on,
the wild wine
that sets the wisest man to sing
at the top of his lungs,
laugh like a fool – it drives the
man to dancing ... it even
tempts him to blurt out stories
better never told.

HOMER, The Odyssey

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 Iliad

Beware the toils of war ... the mesh of the huge dragnet sweeping up the world.

HOMER, The Iliad

The worst cowards, banded together, have their power.

HOMER, The Iliad

Each man delights in the work that suits him best.

HOMER, The Odyssey

A man's life breath cannot come back again--
no raiders in force, no trading brings it back,
once it slips through a man's clenched teeth.

HOMER, The Iliad

Fear also the gods' anger, lest they, astonished by evil actions, turn against you.

HOMER, The Odyssey

Wolves and lambs can enjoy no meeting of the minds.

HOMER, The Iliad

Out of sight,out of mind.

HOMER, The Odyssey

The proof of battle is action, proof of words, debate.

HOMER, The Iliad

The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.

HOMER, The Odyssey

For never, never, wicked man was wise.

HOMER, The Odyssey

The gods won't give us all their gifts at once.

HOMER, The Iliad

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 Odyssey

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, The Iliad

Love deceives the best of womankind.

HOMER, The Odyssey

The natural thing, my lord, men and women joined.

HOMER, The Iliad

All men need the gods.

HOMER, The Odyssey

These things surely lie on the knees of the gods.

HOMER, The Odyssey

Too many kings can ruin an army -- mob rule!

HOMER, The Iliad

Death submits to no one.

HOMER, The Iliad

Oh, pity human woe!
'Tis what the happy to the unhappy owe.

HOMER, The Odyssey

Ruin is strong and swift--
She outstrips them all by far, stealing a march,
leaping over the whole wide earth to bring mankind to grief.

HOMER, The Iliad

That is the gods' work, spinning threads of death
through the lives of mortal men,
an all to make a song for those to come.

HOMER, The Odyssey

When soldiers break and run, good-bye glory.

HOMER, The Iliad

The god of war is impartial: he hands out death to the man who hands out death.

HOMER, The Iliad

Anger stirs up lies.

HOMER, The Iliad

So the immortals spun our lives that we, we wretched men
live on to bear such torments -- the gods live free of sorrows.

HOMER, The Iliad

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

HOMER, The Odyssey

There are two great jars that stand on the floor of Zeus's halls
and hold his gifts, our miseries one, the other blessings.

HOMER, The Iliad

The will of Zeus will always overpower the will of men.

HOMER, The Iliad

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

HOMER, The Odyssey

Better to live or die, once and for all, than die by inches.

HOMER, The Iliad

The skin of the coward changes color all the time,
he can't get a grip on himself, he can't sit still,
he squats and rocks, shifting his weight from foot to foot,
his heart racing, pounding inside the fellow's ribs,
his teeth chattering -- he dreads some grisly death.
But the skin of the brave soldier never blanches.

HOMER, The Iliad

A guest remembers all of his days
that host who makes provisions for him kindly.

HOMER, The Odyssey

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, The Odyssey

Victory shifts, you know, now one man, now another.

HOMER, The Iliad

I hate that man like the very Gates of Death who says one thing but hides another in his heart.

HOMER, The Iliad

Wretched mortals ...
like leaves, no sooner flourishing, full of the sun's fire,
feeding on earth's gifts, than they waste away and die.

HOMER, The Iliad

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, The Odyssey

When a man stands up to speak, it's well to listen. Not to interrupt him, the only courteous thing. Even the finest speaker finds intrusions hard.

HOMER, The Iliad

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

HOMER, The Odyssey

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