In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC.
1. AND WHAT HE GREATLY THOUGHT, HE NOBLY DARED.
2. 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.
3. TRUE FRIENDS APPEAR LESS MOVED THAN COUNTERFEIT.
4. A DECENT BOLDNESS EVER MEETS WITH FRIENDS.
5. FOR RARELY ARE SONS SIMILAR TO THEIR FATHERS: MOST ARE WORSE, AND A FEW ARE BETTER THAN THEIR FATHERS.
6. WITHOUT A SIGN, HIS SWORD THE BRAVE MAN DRAWS, AND ASKS NO OMEN, BUT HIS COUNTRY’S CAUSE.
7. BUT CURB THOU THE HIGH SPIRIT IN THY BREAST, FOR GENTLE WAYS ARE BEST, AND KEEP ALOOF FROM SHARP CONTENTIONS.
8. HATEFUL TO ME AS ARE THE GATES OF HELL, IS HE WHO, HIDING ONE THING IN HIS HEART, UTTERS ANOTHER.
9. BE STILL MY HEART; THOU HAST KNOWN WORSE THAN THIS.
10. THERE IS A TIME FOR MANY WORDS, AND THERE IS ALSO A TIME FOR SLEEP.
11. THE CHARITY THAT IS A TRIFLE TO US CAN BE PRECIOUS TO OTHERS.
12. WISE TO RESOLVE, AND PATIENT TO PERFORM.
13. TWO FRIENDS, TWO BODIES WITH ONE SOUL INSPIRED.
14. LIGHT IS THE TASK WHERE MANY SHARE THE TOIL.
15. TO HAVE A GREAT MAN FOR AN INTIMATE FRIEND SEEMS PLEASANT TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER TRIED IT; THOSE WHO HAVE, FEAR IT.
16. HUNGER IS INSOLENT, AND WILL BE FED.
17. YET, TAUGHT BY TIME, MY HEART HAS LEARNED TO GLOW FOR OTHER’S GOOD, AND MELT AT OTHER’S WOE.
18. THE DIFFICULTY IS NOT SO GREAT TO DIE FOR A FRIEND, AS TO FIND A FRIEND WORTH DYING FOR.
19. HATEFUL TO ME AS THE GATES OF HADES IS THAT MAN WHO HIDES ONE THING IN HIS HEART AND SPEAKS ANOTHER.
20. WORDS EMPTY AS THE WIND ARE BEST LEFT UNSAID.
21. IN YOUTH AND BEAUTY, WISDOM IS BUT RARE!
22. A SYMPATHETIC FRIEND CAN BE QUITE AS DEAR AS A BROTHER.
23. IT IS NOT GOOD TO HAVE A RULE OF MANY.
24. NOTHING SHALL I, WHILE SANE, COMPARE WITH A FRIEND.
25. EVEN WERE SLEEP IS CONCERNED, TOO MUCH IS A BAD THING.
26. HOW VAIN, WITHOUT THE MERIT, IS THE NAME.
27. TWO URNS ON JOVE’S HIGH THRONE HAVE EVER STOOD, THE SOURCE OF EVIL ONE, AND ONE OF GOOD; FROM THENCE THE CUP OF MORTAL MAN HE FILLS, BLESSINGS TO THESE, TO THOSE DISTRIBUTES ILLS; TO MOST HE MINGLES BOTH.