Homer Quotes

Born: 800 BC – Greece
Died: 701 BC – Greece
Profession: Author, Poet, Speaker wiki

Homer was known as “The Teacher of Greece”. His exact birth date is unknown but most believe he was born approximately 400 years before Herodotus (Greek historian). Which would be around 850 BC.

Homer is most famous for writing two of the most popular epics of all time. Iliad and Odyssey have had an enormous impact on literature and are still required reading for American students.

Homer is also responsible for many other highly regarded poems and epics. It is unfortunate that we know so little about the man and his life.

30 Classic Homer Quotes

1. A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly.

2. After the event, even a fool is wise.

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

4. To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.

5. Wisdom never lies.

6. Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.

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

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

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

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

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

12. Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe.

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

14. A small rock holds back a great wave.

15. 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.

16. Each man delights in the work that suits him best.

17. Even a fool learns something once it hits him.

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

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

20. How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

21. I didn’t lie! I just created fiction with my mouth!

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

23. Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death.

24. Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement.

25. A companion’s words of persuasion are effective.

26. A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.

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

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

29. It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.

30. It is not unseemly for a man to die fighting in defense of his country.

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