Authors - Homer

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Homer, or Omero (in Italian), is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally considered the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. No reliable biographical information about Homer survives from classical antiquity, and he is generally considered a legendary, rather than a historical figure. - GoodReads

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Quote 4938by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

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. But when dogs shame the gray head and gray chin and nakedness of an old man killed, it is the most piteous thing that happens among wretched mortals.
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    Quote 4985by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

    Zeus does not bring all men's plans to fulfillment.
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      Quote 4990by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

      A companion's words of persuasion are effective.
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        Quote 5175by Anonymous on 30/05/2011

        There is a strength in the union even of very sorry men.
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          Quote 5227by Anonymous on 05/06/2011

          All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious.
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            Quote 5382by Anonymous on 24/06/2011

            For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.
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              Quote 5392by Anonymous on 26/06/2011

              A councilor ought not to sleep the whole night through, a man to whom the populace is entrusted, and who has many responsibilities.
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                Quote 5397by Anonymous on 26/06/2011

                It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.
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                  Quote 5447by Anonymous on 01/07/2011

                  Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.
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                    Quote 5489by Anonymous on 06/07/2011

                    It is equally wrong to speed a guest who does not want to go, and to keep one back who is eager. You ought to make welcome the present guest, and send forth the one who wishes to go.
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                      Quote 5764by Anonymous on 26/08/2011

                      I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.
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                        Quote 5785by Anonymous on 28/08/2011

                        A small rock holds back a great wave.
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                          Quote 5786by Anonymous on 28/08/2011

                          The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.
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                            Quote 5926by Anonymous on 06/09/2011

                            Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.
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                              Quote 5942by Anonymous on 07/09/2011

                              The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men.
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                                Quote 6074by Anonymous on 13/09/2011

                                The single best augury is to fight for one's country.
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                                  Quote 6225by Anonymous on 16/09/2011

                                  It was built against the will of the immortal gods, and so it did not last for long.
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                                    Quote 6271by Anonymous on 16/09/2011

                                    A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.
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                                      Quote 6433by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                      All men have need of the gods.
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                                        Quote 6650by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                        There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.
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                                          Quote 6655by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                          Thus have the gods spun the thread for wretched mortals: that they live in grief while they themselves are without cares; for two jars stand on the floor of Zeus of the gifts which he gives, one of evils and another of blessings.
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                                            Quote 6693by Anonymous on 04/10/2011

                                            Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.
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                                              Quote 6711by Anonymous on 04/10/2011

                                              Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.
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                                                Quote 6896by Anonymous on 13/10/2011

                                                If you are very valiant, it is a god, I think, who gave you this gift.
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                                                  Quote 6923by Anonymous on 13/10/2011

                                                  Nothing feebler than a man does the earth raise up, of all the things which breathe and move on the earth, for he believes that he will never suffer evil in the future, as long as the gods give him success and he flourishes in his strength; but when the blessed gods bring sorrows too to pass, even these he bears, against his will, with steadfast spirit, for the thoughts of earthly men are like the day which the father of gods and men brings upon them.
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                                                    Quote 7008by Anonymous on 15/10/2011

                                                    A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.
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                                                      Quote 7022by Anonymous on 16/10/2011

                                                      So it is that the gods do not give all men gifts of grace - neither good looks nor intelligence nor eloquence.
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                                                        Quote 7065by Anonymous on 19/10/2011

                                                        Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.
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                                                          Quote 7166by Anonymous on 26/10/2011

                                                          Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.
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                                                            Quote 7178by Anonymous on 27/10/2011

                                                            I detest that man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks for another.
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                                                              Quote 7217by Anonymous on 28/10/2011

                                                              Miserable mortals who, like leaves, at one moment flame with life, eating the produce of the land, and at another moment weakly perish.
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                                                                Quote 7244by Anonymous on 29/10/2011

                                                                May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this -when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and win high renown.
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                                                                  Quote 7378by Anonymous on 07/11/2011

                                                                  We are quick to flare up, we races of men on the earth.
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                                                                    Quote 7379by Anonymous on 07/11/2011

                                                                    It is tedious to tell again tales already plainly told.
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                                                                      Quote 7395by Anonymous on 09/11/2011

                                                                      He knew the things that were and the things that would be and the things that had been before.
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                                                                        Quote 7439by Anonymous on 14/11/2011

                                                                        Wide-sounding Zeus takes away half a man's worth on the day when slavery comes upon him.
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                                                                          Quote 9662by Anonymous on 14/08/2012

                                                                          Young men's minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.
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                                                                            Quote 12050by Anonymous on 24/02/2013

                                                                            You will certainly not be able to take the lead in all things yourself, for to one man a god has given deeds of war, and to another the dance, to another lyre and song, and in another wide-sounding Zeus puts a good mind.
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                                                                              Quote 12418by Anonymous on 09/04/2013

                                                                              In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!
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                                                                                Quote 12437by Anonymous on 11/04/2013

                                                                                There is a fullness of all things, even of sleep and love.
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                                                                                  Quote 12470by Anonymous on 17/04/2013

                                                                                  There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
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                                                                                    Quote 12609by Anonymous on 30/04/2013

                                                                                    A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth - and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.
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                                                                                      Quote 12866by Anonymous on 28/05/2013

                                                                                      Look now how mortals are blaming the gods, for they say that evils come from us, but in fact they themselves have woes beyond their share because of their own follies.
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                                                                                        Quote 13225by Anonymous on 28/06/2013

                                                                                        Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.
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                                                                                          Quote 13251by Anonymous on 01/07/2013

                                                                                          You ought not to practice childish ways, since you are no longer that age.
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                                                                                            Quote 13298by Anonymous on 04/07/2013

                                                                                            The glorious gifts of the gods are not to be cast aside.
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                                                                                              Quote 13576by Anonymous on 04/08/2013

                                                                                              By their own follies they perished, the fools.
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                                                                                                Quote 13907by Anonymous on 17/09/2013

                                                                                                The minds of the everlasting gods are not changed suddenly.
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                                                                                                  Quote 13939by Anonymous on 22/09/2013

                                                                                                  The fates have given mankind a patient soul.
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                                                                                                    Quote 13947by Anonymous on 23/09/2013

                                                                                                    Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
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                                                                                                      Quote 14033by Anonymous on 11/10/2013

                                                                                                      He lives not long who battles with the immortals, nor do his children prattle about his knees when he has come back from battle and the dread fray.
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