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Homer - 8th Century BC

Like that of leaves is a generation of men.

From the Iliad

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

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, The Iliad

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

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, The Iliad

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

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, The Iliad

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

Homer, The Iliad

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

Too many kings can ruin an army.

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

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

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It lies in the lap of the gods.

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

Even a fool learns something once it hits him.

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

We men are wretched things.

No man will hurl me down to Death, against my fate.

My name is Nobody.

Each man delights in the work that suits him best.

The journey is the thing.

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The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.

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

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

Life is largely a matter of expectation.

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

Immortals are never alien to one another.

I would rather be tied to the soil as another man's serf, even a poor man's, who hadn't much to live on himself, than be King of all these the dead and destroyed.
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.
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.
Think not to match yourself against the gods, for men that walk the earth cannot hold their own with the immortals.
I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another.
The proud heart feels not terror nor turns to run and it is his own courage that kills him

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