Homer Quotes

Homer

Greek epic poet (800 BC - 700 BC)

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A man dies still if he has done nothing, as one who has done much.

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Hateful to me as are the gates of hell, Is he who, hiding one thing in his heart, Utters another.

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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.

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Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.

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To him who hearkens to the gods, the gods give ear.

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A man dies still if he has done nothing, as one who has done much.

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Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy.

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By their own follies they perished, the fools.

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Look now how mortals are blaming the gods, for they say that evils come from us, but in fact they themselves have woes beyond their share because of their own follies.

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You ought not to practice childish ways, since you are no longer that age.

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For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.

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A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.

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All men have need of the gods.

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The minds of the everlasting gods are not changed suddenly.

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A small rock holds back a great wave.

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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.

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All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious.

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We are quick to flare up, we races of men on the earth.

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So it is that the gods do not give all men gifts of grace - neither good looks nor intelligence nor eloquence.

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Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.

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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.

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

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It is tedious to tell again tales already plainly told.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Nothing feebler than a man does the earth raise up, of all the things which breathe and move on the earth, for he believes that he will never suffer evil in the future, as long as the gods give him success and he flourishes in his strength; but when the blessed gods bring sorrows too to pass, even these he bears, against his will, with steadfast spirit, for the thoughts of earthly men are like the day which the father of gods and men brings upon them.

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Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.

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It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.

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

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

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

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