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“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother”
Homer, The Odyssey
“A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time”
Homer, The Odyssey
“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
“Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death”
Homer, The Odyssey
“[I]t is 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
“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
“Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier;
I have seen worse sights than this.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“some things you will think of yourself,...some things God will put into your mind”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Each man delights in the work that suits him best.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“There will be killing till the score is paid.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Now from his breast into the eyes the ache
of longing mounted, and he wept at last,
his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms,
longed for as the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer
spent in rough water where his ship went down
under Poseidon's blows, gale winds and tons of sea.
Few men can keep alive through a big serf
to crawl, clotted with brine, on kindly beaches
in joy, in joy, knowing the abyss behind:
and so she too rejoiced, her gaze upon her husband,
her white arms round him pressed as though forever.”
Homer, The Odyssey
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“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, The Odyssey
“My name is Nobody.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Why cover the same ground again? ... It goes against my grain to repeat a tale told once, and told so clearly.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“So, the gods don't hand out all their gifts at once, not build and brains and flowing speech to all. One man may fail to impress us with his looks but a god can crown his words with beauty, charm, and men look on with delight when he speaks out. Never faltering, filled with winning self-control, he shines forth at assembly grounds and people gaze at him like a god when he walks through the streets. Another man may look like a deathless one on high but there's not a bit of grace to crown his words. Just like you, my fine, handsome friend.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Immortals are never alien to one another.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“And empty words are evil.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“out of sight,out of mind”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Aries in his many fits knows no favorites.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“These nights are endless, and a man can sleep through them,
or he can enjoy listening to stories, and you have no need
to go to bed before it is time. Too much sleep is only
a bore. And of the others, any one whose heart and spirit
urge him can go outside and sleep, and then, when the dawn shows,
breakfast first, then go out to tend the swine of our master.
But we two, sitting here in the shelter, eating and drinking,
shall entertain each other remembering and retelling
our sad sorrows. For afterwards a man who has suffered
much and wandered much has pleasure out of his sorrows.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“For they imagined as they wished--that it was a wild shot,/ an unintended killing--fools, not to comprehend/ they were already in the grip of death./ But glaring under his brows Odysseus answered:

'You yellow dogs, you thought I'd never make it/ home from the land of Troy. You took my house to plunder,/ twisted my maids to serve your beds. You dared/ bid for my wife while I was still alive./ Contempt was all you had for the gods who rule wide heaven,/ contempt for what men say of you hereafter./ Your last hour has come. You die in blood.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“down from his brow
she ran his curls
like thick hyacinth clusters
full of blooms”
Homer, The Odyssey
“Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep,
even so I will endure…
For already have I suffered full much,
and much have I toiled in perils of waves and war.
Let this be added to the tale of those.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“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 Odyssey
“[B]ut it is only what happens, when they die, to all mortals.
The sinews no longer hold the flesh and the bones together,
and once the spirit has let the white bones, all the rest
of the body is made subject to the fire's strong fury,
but the soul flitters out like a dream and flies away.”
Homer, The Odyssey
“By hook or by crook this peril too shall be something that we remember”
Homer, The Odyssey

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