16 Quotes from The Song of Achilles book by Madeline Miller

This post is a list of quotes from the book - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad.

The Song of Achilles Quotes

There is no law that gods must be fair.

Wealth and reputation were the things our people had always killed for.

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?

Our men liked conquest; they did not trust a man who was conquered himself.

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.

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.

You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.

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.

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.

It was a strange war. No territory was gained, no prisoners were taken. It was for honor only, man against man.

We obey our kings, but only within reason.

My life is my reputation. It is all I have. I will not live much longer. Memory is all I can hope for.

No man is worth more than another, wherever he is from.

There are no bargains between lions and men. I will kill you and eat you raw.

In grief, men must help each other, though they are enemies.

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.