100+ Best Homer Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Homer is the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient Greek literature. Profoundly inspirational Homer quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Homer Quotes

Reproach is infinite, and knows no end So voluble a weapon is the tongue; Wounded, we wound; and neither side can fail For every man has equal strength to rail. — Homer

My life is more to me than all the wealth of Ilius — Homer

Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death — Homer

The sort of words a man says is the sort he hears in return. — Homer

Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices — Homer

Too many kings can ruin an army — Homer

Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. — Homer

Immortals are never alien to one another. — Homer

My every impulse bends to what is right — Homer

Why cover the same ground again? … It goes against my grain to repeat a tale told once, and told so clearly. — Homer

My name is Nobody. — Homer

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

His descent was like nightfall. — Homer

Young men’s minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after. — Homer

One omen is best; Defending the fatherland — 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

Few sons are like their fathers–most are worse, few better. — Homer

We men are wretched things. — Homer

By hook or by crook this peril too shall be something that we remember — Homer

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

Nay if even in the house of Hades the dead forget their dead, yet will I even there be mindful of my dear comrade. — Homer

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

I didn’t lie! I just created fiction with my mouth! — Homer

Down from his brow she ran his curls like thick hyacinth clusters full of blooms — Homer

Fear, O Achilles, the wrath of heaven; think on your own father and have compassion upon me, who am the more pitiable — Homer

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

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

Life is largely a matter of expectation. — Homer

Some things you will think of yourself,…some things God will put into your mind — Homer

All men owe honor to the poets – honor and awe; for they are dearest to the Muse who puts upon their lips the ways of life. — Homer

I have no interest at all in food and drink, but only in slaughter and blood and the agonized groans of mangled men — Homer

And empty words are evil. — Homer

But there they lay, sprawled across the field, craved far more by the vultures than by wives. — Homer

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

Getting out of jury duty is easy. The trick is to say you’re prejudiced against all races. — Homer

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

A guest never forgets the host who has treated him kindly. — Homer

Is he not sacred, even to the gods, the wandering man who comes in weariness? — Homer

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

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

Antilochus! You’re the most appalling driver in the world! Go to hell! — Homer

Choose well. — Homer

Do not beg me by knees or by parents you dog! I only wish I were savagely wrathful enough to hack up your corpse and eat it raw — Homer

Out of sight,out of mind — Homer

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

And his good wife will tear her cheeks in grief, his sons are orphans and he, soaking the soil red with his own blood, he rots away himself—more birds than women flocking round his body! — Homer

Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement. — Homer

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

Even a fool learns something once it hits him. — Homer

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

It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be. — Homer

The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us. — Homer

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile — Homer

Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this. — Homer

Beauty! Terrible Beauty! A deathless Goddess– so she strikes our eyes! — Homer

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

It is unfortunate for us, that, of some of the greatest men, we know least, and talk most. — Homer

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

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother. — Homer

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

Have patience, heart. — Homer

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

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, as it pleases him, for he can do all things. — Homer

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

A small rock holds back a great wave. — Homer

Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his power — Homer

And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared. — Homer

The blade itself incites to deeds of violence. — Homer

But listen to me first and swear an oath to use all your eloquence and strength to look after me and protect me. — Homer

If fifty bands of men surrounded us/ and every sword sang for your blood,/ you could make off still with their cows and sheep. — Homer

Think not to match yourself against the gods, for men that walk the earth cannot hold their own with the immortals. — Homer

Each man delights in the work that suits him best. — Homer

Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country’s cause. — Homer

Aries in his many fits knows no favorites. — Homer

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

Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be more lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again. — Homer

Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die. — Homer

I say no wealth is worth my life. — Homer

Why have you come to me here, dear heart, with all these instructions? I promise you I will do everything just as you ask. But come closer. Let us give in to grief, however briefly, in each other’s arms. — Homer

Tell me, O muse, of travellers far and wide — Homer

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

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

It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair. — Homer

But sing no more this bitter tale that wears my heart away — Homer

Ah my friend, if you and I could escape this fray and live forever, never a trace of age, immortal, I would never fight on the front lines again or command you to the field where men win fame. — Homer

Say not a word in death’s favor; I would rather be a paid servant in a poor man’s house and be above ground than king of kings among the dead. -Achilles — Homer

Goddess of song, teach me the story of a hero. — Homer

You, you insolent brazen bitch—you really dare to shake that monstrous spear in Father’s face? — Homer

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

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end — Homer

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

He’ll never lie – the man is far too wise. — Homer

The journey is the thing. — Homer

There will be killing till the score is paid. — Homer

Like that star of the waning summer who beyond all stars rises bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance. — Homer

Always be the best, my boy, the bravest, and hold your head up high above all the others. Never disgrace the generation of your fathers. They were the bravest champions… — Homer

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

There is no greater fame for a man than that which he wins with his footwork or the skill of his hands. — Homer