15 Great quotes from the Spartans

Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. The Spartans were considered a warrior society and from a young age both boys and girls were brought up to be tough and strong. For this reason the Spartans become one of the most feared armies in ancient Greece.

Below are the best Spartan quotes about motivation, strength, team work, courage and life.

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The daughters of Sparta are never at home! They mingle with the young men in wrestling matches.
Euripides
Spartans, eat well, for tonight we dine in Hades
King Leonidas
He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.
Spartan Warrior
Foreign lady once remarked to the wife of a Spartan commander that the women of Sparta were the only women in the world who could rule men. "We are the only women who raise men," the Spartan lady replied.
Plutarch
Come back with your shield - or on it.
Plutarch
Being asked where in Greece he saw good men, he replied, "Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta.
Diogenes

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Feel no fear before the multitude of men, do not run in panic, but let each man bear his shield straight toward the fore-fighters, regarding his own life as hateful and holding the dark spirits of death as dear as the radiance of the sun
Sparta
Rise up, warriors, take your stand at one another’s sides, our feet set wide and rooted like oaks in the ground. ‘‘…learn to love death’s ink-black shadow as much as you love the light of dawn. ‘Here is courage, mankind’s finest possession, here is the noblest prize that a young man can endeavour to win.
Tyrtaeus
Because fear makes each man do his best to shelter his unarmed right side with the shield of the man next to him, thinking that the closer the shields are locked together the better will he be protected.” Thucydides on why hoplite armies edge to the right as the battle begins.
Sparta
That city is well fortified which has a wall of men instead of brick.
Lycurgus of Sparta
There's no room for softness... not in Sparta. No place for weakness. Only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans. Only the hard, only the strong.
Dilios
There is no use for bravery unless justice is present, and no need for bravery if all men are just.
Agesilaus
The Spartans are the equal of any men when they fight as individuals; fighting together as a collective, they surpass all other men.
Damaratus
You should reach the limits of virtue before you cross the border of death.
Dilios
Have a good breakfast men, for we dine in Hades!
King Leonidas
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