Hello. I am Deepak Kundu, an avid book reader and quotes collector.

This post is a collection of 16 quotes from the book - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

I collected these quotes for reference purpose while reading the book. I hope you find them useful.

The Song of Achilles Quotes

There is no law that gods must be fair. - The Song of Achilles

Wealth and reputation were the things our people had always killed for. - The Song of Achilles

What is more heroic than to fight for the honor of the most beautiful woman in the world, against the mightiest city of the East? - The Song of Achilles

Our men liked conquest; they did not trust a man who was conquered himself. - The Song of Achilles

If every soldier killed only those who’d personally offended him, we’d have no wars at all. Though maybe it’s not such a bad idea. - The Song of Achilles

Success in such a war as this comes only through men sewn to a single purpose, funneled to a single spear thrust rather than a thousand needle-pricks. - The Song of Achilles

You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature. - The Song of Achilles

There are many ways to start a war. I always think raiding makes a good beginning. It accomplishes almost the same thing as diplomacy, but with greater profit. - The Song of Achilles

Our world was one of blood, and the honor it won; only cowards did not fight. For a prince there was no choice. You warred and won, or warred and died. - The Song of Achilles

It was a strange war. No territory was gained, no prisoners were taken. It was for honor only, man against man. - The Song of Achilles

We obey our kings, but only within reason. - The Song of Achilles

My life is my reputation. It is all I have. I will not live much longer. Memory is all I can hope for. - The Song of Achilles

No man is worth more than another, wherever he is from. - The Song of Achilles

There are no bargains between lions and men. I will kill you and eat you raw. - The Song of Achilles

In grief, men must help each other, though they are enemies. - The Song of Achilles

Fame is a strange thing. Some men gain glory after they die, while others fade. What is admired in one generation is abhorred in another. - The Song of Achilles