Top Iliad Quotes

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1. "No, ogni uomo nobile e saggio ama la sua donna e ne ha cura come io con tutto il cuore amavo la mia, e non importava se era una schiava di guerra.(Achille, da "Omero, Iliade")"
Author: Alessandro Baricco
2. "Riusciremo, prima o poi, a portar via Achille da quella micidiale guerra. E non saranno la paura né l'orrore a riportarlo a casa. Sarà una qualche, diversa, bellezza, più accecante della sua, e infinitamente più mite. (Postilla di "Omero, Iliade")"
Author: Alessandro Baricco
3. "Eternas ondinas,dividid el agua fina.Venus, del azul hermana,conmueve las puras aguas.Judío errante en Noruega,dime, ¿cómo nieva?Viejos exiliados tiernos,contadme el océano.YO-. Nunca esas bebidas puras,ni esas flores de florero, ni leyendas, ni figuras,saciarme pudieron.Coplista, tu ahijadaes mi sed que se desboca,hidra íntima sin bocasque roe y devasta."
Author: Arthur Rimbaud
4. "Everywhere in Homer's saga of the rage of Achilles and the battles before Troy we are made conscious at one and the same time of war's ugly brutality and what Yeats called its "terrible beauty." The Iliad accepts violence as a permanent factor in human life and accepts it without sentimentality, for it is just as sentimental to pretend that war does not have its monstrous ugliness as it is to deny that it has its own strange and fatal beauty, a power, which can call out in men resources of endurance, courage and self-sacrifice that peacetime, to our sorrow and loss, can rarely command."
Author: Bernard Knox
5. "For all the import and message of 'The Iliad,' it's ultimately a story that's meant to be heard, and the person hearing 'The Iliad' determines what it means."
Author: Denis O'Hare
6. "Entre lo que deseamos vivir y el intrascendente ajetreo en que sucede la mayor parte de la vida se abre una cuña en el alma que separa a hombre de la felicidad como al exiliado de su tierra."
Author: Ernesto Sabato
7. "...cred ca marii poeti contimporani ai lui Homer îl dispretuiau pe acesta si cred ca Iliada nu interesa atunci cum nu intereseaza (decât cu interesul estetic diminuat al d-lui Vianu) nici astazi. Marii poeti ai acelor vremuri au murit astazi. Chiar daca astazi am descoperi manuscrisele lor, semn al genialitatii lor, nu le-am putea întelege si reabilita, caci au murit, cu sensurile lor, cu ultimele lor vibrari. (...) Caci nu vedeti ca totul se usuca? Nu vedeti ca poezia, vie, fragila la început, devine document uscat? Ca Iliada nu este a poetilor, ci a arheologilor? Dar, pe portiuni de timp foarte mici, ca poezia geniala (da! da!) a lui Ion Minulescu în 1909 este în 1933 tâmpita."
Author: Eugène Ionesco
8. "The Iliad is only great because all life is a battle, The Odyssey because all life is a journey, The Book of Job because all life is a riddle."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
9. "But anyhow it is true that this, which is our first poem, might very well be our last poem too. It might well be the last word as well as the first word spoken by man about his mortal lot, as seen by merely mortal vision. If the world becomes pagan and perishes, the last man left alive would do well to quote the Iliad and die."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
10. "Yo, Miguel Littín, hijo de Hernán y Cristina, director de cine y uno de los cinco mil chilenos con prohibición absoluta de regresar, estaba de nuevo en mi país después de doce años de exilio, aunque todavía exiliado dentro de mí mismo: llevaba una identidad falsa, un pasaporte falso, y hasta una esposa falsa. Mi cara y mi apariencia estaban tan cambiadas por la ropa y el maquillaje que ni mi propia madre había de reconocerme a plena luz unos días después."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
11. "[...] asumí la condición extraña de exiliado dentro de mi propio país, que es la forma más amarga del exilio."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
12. "Descubrí que no soy disciplinado por virtud, sino como reacción contra mi inteligencia; que parezco generoso por encubrir mi mezquindad, que me paso de prudente por mal pensado, que soy conciliador para no sucumbir a mis cóleras reprimidas, que sólo soy puntual para que no se sepa cual poco me importa el tiempo ajeno. Descubrí, en fin, que el amor no es un estado del alma sino un signo del zodiaco."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
13. "Descubrí que mi obsesión de que cada cosa estuviera en su puesto, cada asunto en su tiempo, cada palabra en su estilo, no era el premio merecido de una mente en orden, sino al contrario, todo un sistema de simulación inventado por mí para ocultar el desorden de mi naturaleza. Descubrí que no soy disciplinado por virtud, sino como reacción contra mi negligencia; que parezco generoso por encubrir mi mezquindad, que me paso de prudente por mal pensado, que soy conciliador para no sucumbir a mis cóleras reprimidas, que sólo soy puntual para que no se sepa cuan poco me importa el tiempo ajeno. Descubrí, en fin, que el amor no es un estado del alma sino un signo del zodíaco."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
14. "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."
Author: George Saintsbury
15. "Pero entre estos sueños demasiado grandes, a los que se entregaban con una complacencia extraña, y la nulidad de sus acciones reales no se insertaba ningún proyecto racional, que hubiera conciliado las necesidades objetivas y sus posibilidades financieras. Los paralizaba la inmensidad de sus deseos."
Author: Georges Perec
16. "Socrates, in Plato, formulates ideas of order: the Iliad, like Shakespeare, knows that a violent disorder is a great order."
Author: Harold Bloom
17. "I read from Mark Twain's lips one or two of his good stories. He has his own way of thinking, saying and doing everything. I feel the twinkle of his eye in his handshake. Even while he utters his cynical wisdom in an indescribably droll voice, he makes you feel that his heart is a tender Iliad of human sympathy."
Author: Helen Keller
18. "El exiliado mira hacia el pasado, lamiéndose las heridas; el inmigrantemira hacia el futuro, dispuesto a aprovechar las oportunidades a su alcance."
Author: Isabel Allende
19. "Listen!""Ludwig was mad, broBut he was also bad, bro,Was his own 'Iliad,' bro...""Jonah!" Amy breathed."
Author: Jude Watson
20. "His tales took on the form of an epic poem, and I felt I was hearing some Canadian Homer reciting his Iliad of the High Arctic regions."
Author: Jules Verne
21. "No one is moral among the god-controlled puppets of the _Iliad_. Good and evil do not exist."
Author: Julian Jaynes
22. "A Oliveira le gustaba hacer el amor con la Maga porque nada podía ser más importante para ella y al mismo tiempo, de una manera difícilmente comprensible, estaba como por debajo de su placer, se alcanzaba en él un momento y por eso se adhería desesperadamente y lo prolongaba, era como un despertarse y conocer su verdadero nombre, y después recaía en una zona siempre un poco crepuscular que encantaba a Oliveira temeroso de perfecciones, pero que la Maga sufría de verdad cuando regresaba a sus recuerdos y a todo lo que oscuramente necesitaba pensar y no podía pensar, entonces había que besarla profundamente, incitarla a nuevos juegos, y la otra, la reconciliada, crecía debajo de él y lo arrebataba, se daba entonces como una bestia frenética, los ojos perdidos y las manos torcidas hacia adentro, mítica y atroz como una estatua rodando por una montaña, arrancando el tiempo con las uñas."
Author: Julio Cortázar
23. "Hubiera sido tan fácil organizar un esquema coherente, un orden de pensamiento y de vida, una armonía. Bastaba la hipocresía de siempre, elevar el pasado a valor de experiencia, sacar partido de las arrugas de la cara, del aire vivido que hay en las sonrisas o los silencios de más de cuarenta años. Después uno se ponía un traje azul, se peinaba las sienes plateadas y entraba en las exposiciones de pintura, en la Sade y en el Richmond, reconciliado con el mundo. Un escepticismo discreto, un aire de estar de vuelta, un ingreso cadencioso en la madurez, en el matrimonio, en el sermón paterno a la hora del asado o de la libreta de clasificaciones insatisfactoria. Te lo digo porque yo he vivido mucho. Yo que he viajado. Cuando yo era muchacho. Son todas iguales, te lo digo yo. Te hablo por experiencia, m'hijo. Vos todavía no conocés la vida."
Author: Julio Cortázar
24. "'The Odyssey' is the great tale, and I was really taken by 'The Iliad,' so I dig into those things, and when I was a kid I didn't. You've gotta have a certain level of understanding yourself before that stuff really starts to resonate."
Author: Karl Marlantes
25. "He wants me to boss you around.""We'll pick up a pair of stilettos on the way home," he said.I said, "I need to go back to Philiadelphia."
Author: Melissa Bank
26. "...The first dictionaries were glossaries of Homeric words, intended to help Romans read the Iliad and Odyssey as well as other Greek literature employing the 'archaic' Homeric vocabulary."
Author: Mortimer J. Adler
27. "On the bottom shelf M. kept the books from his childhood days: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, the Iliad - they are described in The Noise of Time and happened to have been saved by M.'s father. Most of them later perished in Kalinin when I was fleeing from the Germans. The way we have scurried to and fro in the twentieth century, trapped between Hitler and Stalin!"
Author: Nadezhda Mandelstam
28. "Toute grande oeuvre est soit une Iliade soit une Odysée, les odysées étant beaucoup plus nombreuse que les iliades: le Satiricon, La Divine Comédie, Pantagruel, Don Quichotte, et naturellement Ulysse (où l'on reconnaît d'ailleurs l'influence directe de Bouvard et Pécuchet) sont des odysées, c'est-à-dire des récits de temps pleins. Les iliades sont au contraire des recherches du temps perdu: devant Troie, sur une île déserte ou chez les Guermantes."
Author: Raymond Queneau
29. "Fiction has consisted either of placing imaginary characters in a true story, which is the Iliad, or of presenting the story of an individual as having a general historical value, which is the Odyssey."
Author: Raymond Queneau
30. "A very great Iliad... concerns the creation of a nation."
Author: Raymond Queneau
31. "One can easily classify all works of fiction either as descendants of the Iliad or of the Odyssey."
Author: Raymond Queneau
32. "The Iliad is the private lives of people thrown into disorder by history."
Author: Raymond Queneau
33. "Alexander the Great slept with 'The Iliad' beneath his pillow. During the waning moon, I cradle Homer's 'Odyssey' as if it were the sweet body of a woman."
Author: Roman Payne
34. "I grabbed his hand and dragged him down the street to a convenience shop. I abandoned him once inside and went down the stationery aisle. I'd already known I wanted to get him some colored pencils, but now I finally had the occasion to do it. Not long after I'd picked out a big box of them, I heard Rafael call out from another part of the store, "Trojans? Like The Iliad?"I didn't waste a second finding him and pulling him out of that aisle."
Author: Rose Christo
35. "Hail, Columbia! Home of the six inch cockroach and the stadium-sized lecture hall. A reservation for rich white people guarded by poor brown people in a sea of urban decay. Where nobody on the faculty has ever spent ten minutes in the freshman dorm, but everybody talks about humanism and compassion. They teach you that military people are scum, trash, the lowest of the low -- and then they assign Homer's ILIAD just to develop your sense of irony. Where else can you see three suicides a month dismissed as "slightly above average, but better than Smith or Brown?"
Author: Ted Rall
36. "With Cosette's garter, Homer would make the Iliad. He would put into his poem an old babbler like me, and he would call him Nestor."
Author: Victor Hugo
37. "...but which of us has read every line of the Iliad, or the Aeneid, or The Divine Comedy, or Paradise Lost? Only men of epic stomach can digest these epic tales."
Author: Will Durant

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