Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,- Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; Another race the following spring supplies: They fall successive, and successive rise.
Homer (c. 850 BC -)
Source: The Iliad, Book vi, Line 181
Contributed by: Zaady
And taste The melancholy joy of evils past: For he who much has suffer'd, much will know.
Source: The Odyssey, Book xv, Line 434
And twins ev'n from the birth are Misery and Man!
For dear to gods and men is sacred song. Self-taught I sing; by Heaven, and Heaven alone, The genuine seeds of poesy are sown.
Source: The Odyssey, Book xxii, Line 382
But he whose inborn worth his acts commend, Of gentle soul, to human race a friend.
Source: The Odyssey, Book xix, Line 383
Not two strong men the enormous weight could raise,- Such men as live in these degenerate days.
Source: The Iliad, Book v, Line 371
And would'st thou evil for his good repay?
Source: The Odyssey, Book xvi, Line 448
I am a part of all that I have met. Yet, experience is an arch wherethro gleams that untravl'd world whose margin fades forever and forever when I move.
Heaven hears and pities hapless men like me, For sacred ev'n to gods is misery.
Source: The Odyssey, Book v, Line 572
Like strength is felt from hope and from despair.
Source: The Iliad, Book xv, Line 852
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