These are pretty awesome! Learn something new every day.
“Everything is more beautiful
because we’re doomed.
You will never be lovelier than you are now.
We will never be here again.”—Homer, The Iliad
Citation or it didn’t happen.
The closest you’ll get it Sarpedon’s speech to Glaucus:
.” Ah, friend, if once escaped from this battle we were for ever to be ageless and immortal, neither should I myself fight among the foremost, nor should I send you into battle where men win glory; but now – for in any case fates of death threaten us, fates past counting, which no mortal may escape or avoid – now let us go forward, whether we shall give glory to another, or another to us.’ Il.12.310-28
Il.12.322-8, translation by A.T. Murray
The crux is in that if they were immortal, they wouldn’t bother with winning honour, because why would they bother if they already lived forever? This Troy quotation, however, is not really Homer (:
This quote is from Troy? Ugh. I feel dirty. And used.
(Looked it up, apparently it IS from Troy, and there’s no real analog in the Iliad. Also, apparently Achilles says it to Briseus, which is kind of hilarious because as far we know Achilles literally never talks to Briseus, so the idea of him spouting off existentialist philosophy at her is pretty absurd. I will accept existentialist philosophy from Achilles only if it is directed at Patroclus or Priam.
In summary: Screw Troy.)
Its inaccuracy is all the more infuriating because it is so beautiful. Sigh…
I wish we weren’t so good at being good.
My submission made it to White Whine. Nice.
If only it captured Candy Crowley needlessly intruding.