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Top 10 Manliest Quotes from the SPARTANS

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Laconic humor was the term invented specifically to describe the dry, biting wit of the Spartan people. We personally think it’s a little unfair that pop culture has mainly portrayed the Spartans as a bunch of ass-kicking, throat-ripping slabs of beef. Though that description is entirely correct, it ignores the fact that the Spartan’s were also masters of verbal combat along with the regular, sweaty kind. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 → → GET A T-SHIRT - http://shop.spreadshirt.com/toptenz →Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Annoy Physics: https://youtu.be/0MVGeRa-vLo →Simon's VLOG: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvqt8j7DfPmveJp3UOk9XTg Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Brand new videos 7 days a week! Videos are published at 6pm EST every day! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Brutal Human Sacrifices in History https://youtu.be/tdwZOioHDz0?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKEdcdzaYO1HCwvMfQlhzSv Top 10 UNUSUAL Facts About Ancient EGYPT https://youtu.be/6VKnLmvaQvM?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKEdcdzaYO1HCwvMfQlhzSv Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-witty-badass-quotes-ancient-sparta.php Coming up: 10. “What Splendid Women’s Quarters” 9. “These Are Sparta’s Walls” 8. “Come and Take Them” 7. “If” 6. “Neither” 5. “With It or On It!” 4. “It Will Be the Size of a Lion When I Bore Down On My Enemies.” 3. “Dig It Out For Yourselves” 2. “So That We May Get Close to the Enemy” 1. “Because We are Also the Only Ones Who Give Birth to Men” Source/Further reading: http://www.ancientgreekbattles.net/Pages/47931_Spartaquotes.htm http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=fyUJoZ8oPVEC&pg=PT164&lpg=PT164&dq=Apophthegmata+Laconica++molon+labe&source=bl&ots=HezEeqN9JI&sig=GOxEYyipZSLZB2BCkndwIzTIebo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QWX7UoeAEMmX0AWe4YHQDA&ved=0CGYQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Apophthegmata%20Laconica%20%20molon%20labe&f=false http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2008.01.0288%3Asection%3D17 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=SYo6c1iEL_4C&pg=PA85&lpg=PA85&dq=Philip+of+Macedon+friend+or+as+a+foe%22Neither%22+sparta&source=bl&ots=04VI8Y8or8&sig=NUlYbn2QgM6FbwKUv_paIipXmyk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r6f6UvDSBYHO0AXohoGQBQ&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Philip%20of%20Macedon%20friend%20or%20as%20a%20foe%22Neither%22%20sparta&f=false http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Moralia/Sayings_of_Spartan_Women*.html http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/background/8c_p1.html http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=_9KIlygWvFQC&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=Spartan+Fly+shield&source=bl&ots=7209a0Anid&sig=xdOm7Ij3zkfzNlGIGxWQqRy61Ds&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Iqj6UoHgGsW90QWGp4DICA&ved=0CF0Q6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=Spartan%20Fly%20shield&f=false http://www.battle-of-thermopylae.eu/main_greek_preparations.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkWS9PiXekE http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=DD84AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA269&lpg=PA269&dq=spartan+short+sword+So+that+we+may+get+close+to+the+enemy&source=bl&ots=tKWhTl9LtW&sig=Gu-YIOGJVmSY_w0KDt9GOKkWSPc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Zqn6UsGaM6fP0QWhwoC4Bw&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=spartan%20short%20sword%20So%20that%20we%20may%20get%20close%20to%20the%20enemy&f=false http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Moralia/Sayings_of_Spartans*/main.html http://www.oocities.org/athens/aegean/7849/spwomen.html http://www.ancientgreekbattles.net/Pages/47931_Spartaquotes.htm
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Josh2Godly (6 days ago)
Yeah. “Simon.” You can’t fool me Jonny Sins
cabbievonbump (19 days ago)
"Okay, who's next?" Unknown Spartan to the rest of the enemy after killing the first soldier.
browndd (26 days ago)
Most people remember Sparta for its military prowess. But in their own time, they were actually known more for their quick wit and comebacks.
jake blake (1 month ago)
Throw me to the wolves and I'll come back leading the pack
Душан Радин (3 months ago)
Women's are equal among Serb's and Nord's as well at that time.
Mike Mars (4 months ago)
Sooo Alexander the greats dad got hoed by the Spartans......I understand completely lol
Maria Kelly (4 months ago)
Whenever I'm feeling down, I like to fantasize about Michael Fassbender, wearing a red cape and tight briefs chasing me around my house with his sword in his hand yelling "This is Sparta!" Cheers me up every time.
Alex Jazayeri (6 months ago)
Η τας η επι τας because if you ran from battle the first thing you'd throw away was your shield. Thus better to be carried on it (as on a stretcher).
jack thunderbolt (6 months ago)
Goddamn I love the spartans
Keith Schricker (6 months ago)
Come, Take. Hundreds of men later....
Hunter Collum (6 months ago)
Exactly what I was looking for Wonderful videos on both channels. Also love your doppelganger Michael at Vsauce
everything about Spartans is manly
PhoenixAshes 19 (7 months ago)
Man those one liners beat Arnold Schwarzenegger too. BADASSES.
babis z (7 months ago)
Funny thing is most ppl know Sparta from hollywood movies. In fact Spartans invented and used propaganda that survives to this day via their quotes.
Google user (7 months ago)
Who else knew the " if " from hercules
Wolithung Kikon (8 months ago)
Spartans would have been massacred by the Mongols..,
ODST 4 Life (27 days ago)
They could try. They'd get a spear for their trouble.
rangiku matsumoto (9 months ago)
Neither came before if
Sion K (9 months ago)
Whos family has a saying? mine, I would push you up back inside me and push you out back!! Lol😂😂 Meaning being disrespectful or diserpointed to your mom! Just like the Spartan moms
Bohemian Monk (9 months ago)
women are in no way fit to lead men. Women are emotional and stupid leadership requires clear thought, a calm demeanor, and above all moral courage and fortitude. Women lack all of these qualities.
David Navarro (2 months ago)
And you sure haven’t got any of them.
saltydog1065 (10 months ago)
Come on dude, you left out one of the baddest one’s of them all. The Persians arrows will block out the sun. The Spartan replies, “Then we will fight in the shade.”
ladycplum (11 months ago)
Molon Labe!
ilias aek 26 (1 year ago)
Earth and water was demanded from Athens and the Athenians throw down a well a Persian that was sent to demand taxes from them...
Chris Chow (1 year ago)
Fly Spartan's logic... *slow clap* Bravo.
Nexeos (1 year ago)
During the time of Philip of Macedon Sparta was already decline. Philip had no need to conquer them, But he could have easily crush them at the time.
ODST 4 Life (27 days ago)
He could try.
Cheung Jason (1 year ago)
How long does Sparta's borders stretch? As far as a spear can reach.
Shinku Kirito Ichika (1 year ago)
"If" "Come and take them/Molon labe" - My favorite Laconic phrases ever. Additional phrases I know: "As far as this can reach." - Spartan king Agesilaus II's response to someone asking him how far Sparta's borders are by thrusting his spear. When Demetrius I of Macedon asked, "have the Lacedemonians sent no more than one ambassador?!" in reaction to the Spartans sending only one envoy, the Spartan envoy replies, "aye, one ambassador to one king."
Stelios Karamitziotis (1 year ago)
"Not how many, but where" is one of the manliest quotes not included here. Spartans never asked how many were the enemies, only where to find them. Another one I like is the reply given (at least in two occasions) from Spartans to their rivals when they told them "Many Spartans lie dead at the borders of Athens/Argos (these two cities were their main rivals)" . Spartans replied "but none of yours at the borders of Sparta" implying of course that they didnt EVEN DARE to invade Sparta!
Bradmakesgains (1 year ago)
Lmao I love their short smartass comebacks though
Bradmakesgains (1 year ago)
Having city walls is still important no matter how badass your soldiers are because let’s say one of your soldiers is dozing off at his post and some guys try to sneak in, a wall will still keep them out regardless but without a wall they would get past easily
ODST 4 Life (27 days ago)
You wouldn't find a Spartan sleeping on duty.
Sino Lamp (1 year ago)
now look at greece today...
Londronable (1 year ago)
To be fair. Philip could have easily done so. It was just that he was fielding the armies of every other Greece state already, Sparta was incredibly small, and had his eyes on the East. A couple deaths later a 20 year old Alexander got on the throne inheriting the finest army the world had every known. One made by his father Philip.
Click Bait (1 year ago)
Wow, calm down Vsauce
Keifer Alford (1 year ago)
When a young Spartan warrior was asked of his really short sword as it was shorter than normal.. "What can you hit with that? " to this the Spartan replied.. "Your heart. "
David Heilman (1 year ago)
There is one more that comes to mind- Athenian: "We have many graves of your dead soldiers in our land." Spartan response: "And you have none in ours."
samuel Kapelle (1 year ago)
Doesn't the last quote imply that only Spartans were men because other ones are weak? just like the quote about the wall. that is how it seems to me
Hence why we say laconic for using few words, from Laconia, the area of Greece where Sparta was located.
Liss Firefly (1 year ago)
Leo-Neye-dus ARG
dbjb40 (1 year ago)
I had to pause the video at the unbirthing part.
George Jackson (2 years ago)
OMG they were HILARIOUS!!!!! "If"..."Neither"...CLASSIC!!!!!!
ValensBellator (2 years ago)
I always thought "If" was easily the best Spartan quote, not only for its context but could anything possibly be more Laconic? lol I suppose "Neither" falls into the same category, but "If" is about as minimalist a message as I think can possibly be sent.
Paul Simmons (2 years ago)
If... That pretty much says it all!
Original 21 (2 years ago)
Spartans were sarcastic before it was cool
π % (1 year ago)
21Original1 they had humor
Tim Webb (2 years ago)
Ironic, not sarcastic. There is a difference.
Zingam (2 years ago)
Spartans are the Myth, Macedon is the Reality. ;)
unstaible child (2 years ago)
this is reupload? im sure it used to be top 10 badass spartan facts right^^
Hadziun (2 years ago)
3:50 wasn't it "with it or upon it"?
Mary SaysHey (1 year ago)
"ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς" which is the actual words they used trabslates in English correctly with both ways
NerdExtrodinare (2 years ago)
Well we don't know a great amount of how women were treated in Greece except in Athens and Sparta.
π % (1 year ago)
NerdExtrodinare we only know in Crete and Cyprus too
eciuj xob (2 years ago)
my name means shield and so does my Indian name..my whole name means fog shield with a rising sun..
fight4freedom1000 (2 years ago)
"if" and "neither" for Sparta. "Please" and "thank you" for modern Europe when confronted by the mobs of Persian Immigrants.
dion woollaston (1 year ago)
fight4freedom1000 that's what happens when politicians are in charge I'm sure many Europeans would take up arms against them but the tyrannical dictatorship known as the European Union won't let them
Nakraal (2 years ago)
During the morning before the battle of Platees the Greek leadership gathered and argued whether they should fight today or wait for the next day. The leaders cast votes. These who wanted to fight would throw a small dark pebble in the middle of the ground, those who wanted to wait a white one. A Spartan officer (not Pausanias the Spartan King) threw a huge dark rock that smashed and scattered the pebbles and said "δια ταύτης ψήφου πολεμάμε" ("with thos vote we fight")
hel1nas (2 years ago)
The Hellenic ancient world that is those who spoken Hellenic (Greek) consisted kingdoms, and democratic city states. Macedon and Sparta were Kingdoms on the other hand Athens was democracy but all of them could participated in Olympic games since 776 BC because they were not Barbarians but Hellenes (Greeks)
We shall fight in the shade was actually true( I'm Greek i know ;)) Also the name Leonidas is a threat, Leon-Idas can also mean the men who saw a Lion
Joshua Lastimosa (1 year ago)
Roma Fortuna (2 years ago)
Do it again but with all new qoutes (you mist a few)
wholeNwon (2 years ago)
"Stranger passing by....etc."
wholeNwon (2 years ago)
Was it a Spartan mother who told her son, who complained that his sword was short, just to take another step closer to the enemy?
Charles Funk (2 years ago)
My favorite is a Spartan's reply when he was asked, "Where do your country's borders end?" The Spartan replied by taking out his spear and said, "At the tip of this spear." Epitome of the word Badass
Jason Garcia (1 year ago)
Charles Funk I like saying too
SuperBry23 (2 years ago)
You forgot another very cool one. Upon being told that the Persian archers were so numerous that when they shot their volleys, their arrows would blot out the sun. The Spartan Dienekes responded, “So much the better, we'll fight in the shade”.
Gypsy SnowWolf (5 months ago)
Hahaha loved that
cosmicaverage (2 years ago)
the birth one can be taken as an insult to the sons of the other groups saying that Spartan women are the only women that give birth to real me.
Anthony Anderson (2 years ago)
if a single word manages to keep an army back i wouldnt face that kind of men
The Joker (2 years ago)
Our arrows will blot out the sun. Then we will fight in the shade! Dienekes
Ken Hamada (2 years ago)
If the Spartans had survived to the gunpowder age, I can imagine them taunting a foe by holding their guns (stolen from their enemy) and say "Hah! You want these back? Come and get them!" (Fun fact: The Pipil people who inhabited what is modern day El Salvador actually did stole some Spanish guns during a battle, and later taunted the Spaniards with a similar response.)
Egg Fella (2 years ago)
6:30 Jotaro Kujo is a Spartan confirmed
Skeptical Eye (2 years ago)
What happens when a Spartan breaks his shield? It can not be recovered and it's not lost.
Tam Astro (2 years ago)
+Skeptical Eye Yep , that is correct
Skeptical Eye (2 years ago)
+Tam Astro but in no case is one allowed to return without a shield?
Tam Astro (2 years ago)
They had slaves carrying extra set of weapons when they went to war my friend. If a shield broke , they would just get a new one from the personal slave that held the second one
Rick Higson (2 years ago)
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Neki Tamo (2 years ago)
Dont call on History if you dont know it.Persians never went to Sparta for Earth and water......they were in Athens before the battle of Marathon.40 years before the battle on Hot Gates.
Athanatos 173 (1 year ago)
Persians would send an envoy demanding earth and water as symbols of subservience, and they did indeed send an envoy to Sparta. Greece was not a single country, so envoys would visit every city state. I would suggest further study from actual books before commenting next time.
Israel Gomez (2 years ago)
"Give them nothing, but, take from them, eeeverything!"
Mary A (2 years ago)
WOW ! TOO BAD WE DON'T HAVE LEADERS WHO SPEAK WITH SUCH AUTHORITY ! Instead of "politically correct" fops !
Abraham Thomas (2 months ago)
Empty vessels make the louder noise.
Gypsy SnowWolf (5 months ago)
I totally agree with you on that.
Jeffrey Dove (2 years ago)
I disagree with your point about number one. I believe that she was dissing the other woman by stating that Spartan women give birth to men while others give birth to beings that are less than  men.
what about : spartans do not ask how many but where they are.
intervalkid (2 years ago)
Unfortunately the Spartans were raised to rape each other and were considered apalling perverts by most other kingdoms of Greece. Oh yeah, and a Thespian general once whooped the shit out of a Spartan general though outnumbered. Also at the famed battle of Thermopolia where the 300 Spartans took thier stand there were also 600-900 warriors from other Greek kingdoms present. In addition 600 Athenian ships destroyed 20,000 Persian ships! The Persian's must have been cursed for holding captive the Israelites, I don't see how so many could be defeated by so few otherwise. The Spartans get all the credit because of Leonidas being the ground war general in the battle.
Ordo ad Khao (2 years ago)
Nice try Barbarian!
Apieceofcrap (2 years ago)
my favorite spartan quote is "Wake me, when you need me"
Apieceofcrap That's the Master Chief, a future Spartan.
Florin Gheciu (2 years ago)
Um... why the Romanian subtitles in the movie at part 8?
REME (2 years ago)
Love your work Sam. Thank you for the learning and the entertaining and memorable way of presenting it.
LoverWitch (2 years ago)
Wow. Queen Gorgo is more badass than I thought.
cabbievonbump (2 years ago)
What do you call a Spartan who, first, you call a coward, second, then tell him you will sleep with his sister, and third, while you are spitting into his face?  Answer:  You call him, the Guy Who Beat the Living S**t Out Of You.
Mih Ronoh (2 years ago)
I'm sad there was no "Then we shall fight in the shade" probably the most badass line ever uttered...
GirloftheX (2 years ago)
👍🏿 Leonids is a bad ass name. That's going to be my new nickname never mind that I'm a woman. 😀 #1 was and is the truth. She's bad as too.👏🏿😀👏🏿😀
dion woollaston (10 months ago)
Σόφος it's not about beautiful yes it is but I feel a bit unworthy of such a title not just because I have not done anything to earn it but also and much less important I'm a guy
Η2Ο2 (10 months ago)
dion woollaston hahaha C΄mon, is the most beautiful name along with Danae for me.
dion woollaston (10 months ago)
Σόφος so if i where to time travel to Ancient Greece and told people my name i would be committing a blasphemy
Η2Ο2 (10 months ago)
dion woollaston Is Greek. Dias (Zeus) = Dione for female. Daughter of Uranus (Sky) and Gaia (Earth). Mother of Aphrodite in Homer Iliad. The meaning of that name is.. Goddess. The singer Celine Dion (Moon Goddess) have your name. Celine or Seline = Moon
dion woollaston (1 year ago)
Tam Astro what does my name mean Dion it sounds Greek
Aylin Ergün (2 years ago)
"Invading the hell out of Greece" - LOL
TopTenz (2 years ago)
We are glad you picked up on wit.
Larsen Villaranda (2 years ago)
thanks for the vids! btw, imho, molon labe is the greatest quote ever! (not just among spartan quotes but EVER, period). that is the true definition of what it is to be laconic (you shuda mentioned this word in the vid btw) =)
I disagree with the interpretation of the last quote I think she was saying only spartan women give birth to men as in proper men she was being superior
kopfgeldjagar (2 months ago)
Agreed. Seems like she was saying that only Spartan men were real men.
Rolofmeister (2 months ago)
You're correct. If we put the emphasis on the first part of the sentence it turns out like "Only SPARTAN women give birth to REAL men".
Robert Liberty (8 months ago)
LOREHAMMER LIBRARY I guess you're wrong then huh
John Doe (10 months ago)
SPOCK: Logical, flawlessly logical.
Fat Potato (1 year ago)
Romanian subtitles in that clip anyone romanian in top tenz ? ^^
Athanatos 173 (1 year ago)
The original greek is Leh oh knee thass
Andrew Eades (2 years ago)
607SplashCityGaveMeAIDS I was wondering when someone would point that out
Dave (2 years ago)
Lorand Deka (2 years ago)
Sparta.....where even the women have balls of steel.
Cheung Jason (1 year ago)
Rather tits of steel.
First name Last name (2 years ago)
Lorand Deka so true
The Dark master (2 years ago)
rich gunning (2 years ago)
Brian H (2 years ago)
vengefulbeauty (2 years ago)
I need a Spartan man!
Equality State of Mind (2 years ago)
I knew Texas never came up with anything original.
Braeden Hood (2 years ago)
Equals Four in Texas we said come and take it the Spartans said come and take them
Panther (2 years ago)
I'll have to try these out :D
THEOFFICIALB9 (2 years ago)
Bada$$. Spartans were an issue.
Cecil The Lion (2 years ago)
The best line: Started invading the crap out of greece
TKDMIKEP (2 years ago)
These were only from a handful of Spartans or from similar time frames or events. Imagine the wealth of badassery the Spartans said that was not recorded!
ValensBellator (2 years ago)
@lightspit That's why I think "If" is the best quote to represent the Spartans... It's badass, clever, dares the recipient to try them, horribly burns the recipient, and is quite possibly the single most minimalistic (as in laconic) message I've ever heard sent from one person to another lol How you could capture all of that in two letters wowed me when I first heard it as a kid, and I'm still impressed today.
Lightspit (2 years ago)
I don't think so. Even today we say about somebody quiet that he is a laconic person. Laconic = spartan like. They were quite and extremely conservator persons.
Set the BUZZED God (2 years ago)
Top 10 failed U.S. states that never existed.
Reverend Shot (2 years ago)
I'm pretty sure that Gorgo's quote was meant as a slight to pretty much everyone not Spartan. It seems to me that she is saying only Spartan women can rule men because only they give birth to Spartans. The only real men as she sees it.
Faas (2 years ago)
"to translate properly" "wemen" good joke m8
The Dark master (2 years ago)
Reverendshot777 THANKYOU!!! to translate properly the theme "ONLY spartan wemen, give birth to REAL MEN!" thus they are allowed to be treated with equality as they are worthy of it.
Timothy Chiu (2 years ago)
What about the "then we will fight in the shade"
Adam Mickelson (2 years ago)
You missed "Then we shall fight in the shade!"
K California (2 years ago)
Bill W W (2 years ago)
I liked all the quotes! And TOPTENZ is the top bad ass YouTube channel
Melvin Shelton (4 days ago)
One can imagine the following conversation: Spartan Boy: How shall I think? Spartan Father and Mother, together: Focus!
TopTenz (2 years ago)
We are so glad you enjoyed this video. Thank you for the kind words.
‘Murica 1776 (2 years ago)
harry tyler (2 years ago)
'With it or on it' refereed to the weight and returning without it meant you had cast it aside to aid your speed when feeling

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