The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a popular novel that tells the story of the Trojan War from the perspective of Patroclus, a minor character who was killed by Achilles early in the war.

The novel focuses on Patroclus’ friendship with Achilles and their mutual love for Helen.

It also explores the question of whether or not Achilles is truly fated to die at Troy.

I have compiled a list of the top quotes from “The Song of Achilles” for you.


Song of Achilles Quotes

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He is half of my soul, as the poets say. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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Name one hero who was happy. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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I feel like I could eat the world raw. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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He smiled, and his face was like the sun. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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There are no bargains between lion and men. I will kill you and eat you raw. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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I am made of memories. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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Best Song of Achilles Quotes

He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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We reached for each other, and I thought of how many nights I had lain awake loving him in silence. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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I am air and thought and can do nothing. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

It was almost like fear, in the way it filled me, rising in my chest. It was almost like tears, in how swiftly it came. But it was neither of those, buoyant where they were heavy, bright were they dull. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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This is what Achilles will feel like when he is old. And then I remembered: he will never be old. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

What is admired in one generation is abhorred in another. We cannot say who will survive the holocaust of memory… We are men only, a brief flare of the torch. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

Top Song of Achilles Quotes

The sorrow was so large it threatened to tear through my skin. When he died, all things swift and beautiful and bright would be buried with him. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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I would know him in death, at the end of the world. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

Those seconds, half seconds, that the line of our gaze connected, were the only moment in my day that I felt anything at all. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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Achilles’ eyes lift. They are bloodshot and dead. I wish he had let you all die. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

There is no law that gods must be fair, Achilles, Chiron said. And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone. Do you think? ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

Famous Song of Achilles Quotes

There was more to say, but for once we did not say it. There would be other times for speaking, tonight and tomorrow and all the days after that. He let go of my hand. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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We are all there, goddess and mortal and the boy who was both. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

When I am dead, I charge you to mingle our ashes and bury us together. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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Patroclus, he says, Patroclus. Patroclus. Over and over until it is sound only. ~ Madeline 

It is right to seek peace for the dead. You and I both know there is no peace for those who live after. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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

Perhaps he simply assumed: a bitterness of habit, of boy after boy trained for music and medicine, and unleashed for murder. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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The sound was pure and sweet as water, bright as lemons. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

I know, now, how I would answer Chiron. I would say: there is no answer. Whichever you choose, you are wrong. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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He did not fear ridicule, he had never known it. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

The flames surround me, and I feel myself slipping further from life, thinning to only the faintest shiver in the air. I yearn for the darkness and silence of the underworld, where I can rest. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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Divine blood flows differently in each god-born child. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

The never-ending ache of love and sorrow. Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone. But not in this one. He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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I shift, an infinitesimal movement, towards him. It is like the leap from a waterfall. I do not know, until then, what I am going to do. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

When he speaks at last, his voice is weary, and defeated. He doesn’t know how to be angry with me, either. We are like damp wood that won’t light. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

The rosy gleam of his lip, the fevered gleam of his eyes. There was not a line anywhere on his face, nothing creased or graying; all crisp. He was spring, golden and bright. Envious death would drink his blood, and grow young again. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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There is no honour in betraying your friends. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

Achilles makes a sound like choking. There are no bargains between lions and men. I will kill you and eat you raw. His spearpoint flies in a dark whirlwind, bright as the evening-star, to catch the hollow at Hector’s throat. ~ Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

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