"Here is your fate, inhabitants of spacious Sparta:
Either your great and glorious city will be destroyed
By men decended from Perseus, or that will not be,
But the borders of Lacedaemon will mourn the death
Of a king decended from Heracles. For neither the might
Of bulls nor yet that of lions will check the foe head on,
Since he has the might of Zeus. Nor, I declare, will he
Be checked until one of the two has been thoroughly rent asunder."
Herodotus - The Histories, the Battle of Thermopylae
"Wisdom is by far
The greatest part of happiness.
Must be shown to the gods.
The mighty words of overproud men
With mighty blows are punished,
And, with old age, teach wisdom"
Sophocles - Antigone