To labour is the lot of man below; And when Jove gave us life, he gave us woe.
Homer (c. 850 BC -)
Source: The Iliad, Book x, Line 78
Contributed by: Zaady
As leaves on the trees, such is the life of man.
How God ever brings like to like.
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.
Source: The Iliad, Book vi, Line 181
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
Yet taught by time, my heart has learn'd to glow For others' good, and melt at others' woe.
Source: The Odyssey, Book xviii, Line 269
And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.
One omen is best, to fight in defense of one's country.
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
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