Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
Even when someone battles hard, there is an equal portion for one who lingers behind, and in the same honor are held both the coward and the brave man; the idle man and he who has done much meet death alike.
Better to live or die, once and for all, than die by inches.
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.
The Odyssey is, indeed, one of the greatest of all stories, it is the original romance of the West; but the Iliad, though a magnificent poem, is not much of a story.
The Iliad is the private lives of people thrown into disorder by history.
A man's life breath cannot come back again--
no raiders in force, no trading brings it back,
once it slips through a man's clenched teeth.
There is nothing alive more agonized than man / of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
Even a fool learns something once it hits him.
Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.
Why so much grief for me? No man will hurl me down to Death, against my fate. 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.
Miserable mortals who like leaves at one moment flame with life eating the produce of the land and at another moment weakly perish.
The god of war is impartial: he hands out death to the man who hands out death.
It is not unseemly for a man to die fighting in defense of his country.
A very great Iliad... concerns the creation of a nation.
I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.
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.
It was built against the will of the immortal gods, and so it did not last for long.
It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.
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.
Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.
He will find one English book and one only, where, as in the "Iliad" itself, perfect plainness of speech is allied with perfect nobleness; and that book is the Bible.
If you are very valiant, it is a god, I think, who gave you this gift.
Victory passes back and forth between men.
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