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c. 850 BC, Greek poet

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

Light is the task where many share the toil.
Homer

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

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

Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement.
Homer

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

Life is largely a matter of expectation.
Homer

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

For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother.
Homer, The Odyssey

Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
Homer, The Iliad

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.
Homer

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

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

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

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
Homer

Achilles glared at him and answered, "Fool, prate not to me about covenants. There can be no
covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each
other out and out an through. Therefore there can be no understanding between you and me,
nor may there be any covenants between us, till one or other shall fall."
Homer, The Iliad

The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.
Homer

Each man delights in the work that suits him best.
Homer, The Odyssey

Even a fool learns something once it hits him.
Homer, The Iliad

No one can hurry me down to Hades before my time, but if a man's hour is come, be he brave
or be he coward, there is no escape for him when he has once been born.
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

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