Quotes for Life by Three Great Writers
Posted on: April 24, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

Homer – Greek

Homer is considered the most influential writer in Greek Literature, and as ‘the first teacher’ in the ancient world, by Plato. Homer was a highly intellectual thinker and an orator of great influence.

Homer—who lived sometime between 1102 BC and 850 BC—penned the two greatest epics of ancient Greece, Iliad and Odyssey. Following are a few quotes attributed to Homer.

1. “The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend as to find a friend worth dying for.”—It is not about the sacrifice we can do for a friend, but in finding one worth sacrificing for.

2. “Words as empty as the wind are best left unsaid.”—Anger is an emotion that is best handled with silence. One must keep quiet and step away for a moment’s solitude until the anger abates.

After one’s calmness has been restored he may resume talking. Words spoken in anger cannot be recovered, and the wounds they cause might heal, but definitely leave behind scars forever.

3. “Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say that we devise their misery. But they themselves—in their depravity—design grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.”

No god ever brings any misery to man, or designs his grief. It is our own evil thoughts and its expressions that make us suffer.

4. “The roaring seas and many a dark range of mountains lie between us.”—No human life is without challenges or pain. Never envy or feel jealous of anyone. Problems already trouble everyone.

Only situations and circumstances are to blame and not the people stuck in it. Never judge another human life. No one knows what journey the soul has been through.

5. “I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.”—Time cannot be controlled by anyone. It is time that decides everything.

No one can claim ownership of the future but can, by one’s inner intelligence, ascertain what consequences can entail an action, and choose to be wise before acting.

William Shakespeare – English

No introduction need be given, for this person who is widely regarded as the most influential writer in the English language, and the greatest dramatist of all time.

Domestically, he is regarded as England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. Following are a few quotes attributed to Shakespeare.

1. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”—It is the natural characteristics of a person, place, animal, or thing that matters and not form and name.

One must judge and be judged only by character—who one naturally is—and not by behavior—what one shows oneself to be. Inappropriate remarks are insignificant—one is who one shall forever be.

2. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”—There are many critical moments in life that must be instantaneously attended to. Also, one must have the patience to wait, than act in haste.

A delay of just a minute of even a few seconds, may seem insignificant to the guilty, but may, unwittingly, result in irrecoverable losses or irreversible mistakes.

3. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”—It is how one must lead life. “Loving all” is the greatest yet most basic of human virtues, “trusting a few” is the intelligence one must possess to avoid being betrayed, and “doing wrong to none” is the noblest yet most significant of human morals.

4. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”—Any kind of rudimentary superstition is to be avoided. Stars are a fascinating thing, but they are not to be confused with one’s destiny.

Stars twinkle and shine, grow a tail, and shoot across the sky—they are a figment of our wonderment. But destiny is what we make of our thoughts, discovering ourselves, and being positive and optimistic.

5. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”—One must be never too hasty in knowing oneself, and jumping to conclusions about our strengths or weaknesses.

We must never look at ourselves through the eyes of another. Neither must we look at ourselves only through our eyes. We must think within ourselves, contemplate on our inner self, and seek wisdom.

Miguel Cervantes – Spanish

Cervantes is widely regarded as the most influential writer in the Spanish Language, celebrated for his novel The Brilliant Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, known simply as Don Quixote—pronounced Ki-ho-they.

This work is often cited as both “the first modern novel” and one of the “pinnacles of world literature”. Following are a few quotes attributed to Cervantes.

1. “Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.”—Possession of sound knowledge and wisdom is half a life successfully lived. To prevent a crisis situation is better than to cure it.

If life is likened to a ship, then one must always chart a way through unknown waters, throw caution to the winds, and navigate the ship away from icebergs, whirlpools, rocks, and other seafaring vessels.

2. “Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.”—Eventually, truth alone shall triumph, though the dishonest, notorious, and unscrupulous may appear to be living very well.

Such life is short-lived—it will not last long. The only thing that can survive all odds, endure long times, and emerge unscathed, is the virtue of truth.

3. “Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.”—The only true, real strength of life is love, of oneself and of others. Self is where love originates but must manifest in all thought, word, and deed.

Time flies where love is the psychosis. Time turns into a prison for those who harbor hatred. Choosing a means other than love will only cripple one’s chances of success and left limping on crutches.

4. “In order to attain the impossible one must attempt the absurd.”—Certain risks must be taken in life, without being too bothered about the outcomes, if the endeavor is one of love and harmony.

5. “Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.”—The freedom one gives oneself is its highest gift. Also, only a touch of madness begets genius.



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