A "laconic phrase" is a very concise or terse statement, named after Laconia (a. For the Laconian dialect see Doric Greek For the Ancient Kingdom see Sparta For the laconic expression see Laconic k. a. Lacedaemon [Greek Λακεδαίμων]), a polis of ancient Greece (and region of modern Greece) surrounding the city of Sparta proper. A polis ( πόλις, pronunciation, in English-- plural poleis ( πόλεις, pronunciation, in English --is a City, a The term ancient Greece refers to the period of Greek history lasting from the Greek Dark Ages ca The city of Sparta ( Doric Σπάρτα Attic Σπάρτη In common usage, Sparta referred both to Lacedaemon and Sparta. Similarly, a laconism is a figure of speech in which someone uses very few words to express an idea, keeping with the Spartan reputation for austerity.
The Spartans were especially famous for their dry wit, which we now know as "laconic humour. " This can be contrasted with the "Attic salt" or "Attic wit", the refined, poignant, delicate humour of Sparta's chief rival Athens. Attic Greek is the Prestige dialect of Ancient Greece that was spoken in Attica, which includes Athens. Athens (ˈæθənz Αθήνα Athina,) the Capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery as one of the world's
Spartans focused less than other Greeks on the development of education, arts, and literature. Education encompasses both the Teaching and Learning of Knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency The arts is a broad subdivision of Culture, composed of many expressive disciplines. Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter Some view this as having contributed to the characteristically blunt Laconian speech. However, Socrates for one rejected the idea that Spartans' economy with words was simply a consequence of poor literary education. SOCRATES is the European Community action programme in the field of Education. Plato quotes him as saying: ". Biography Early life Birth and family Plato was born in Athens Greece . . they conceal their wisdom, and pretend to be blockheads, so that they may seem to be superior only because of their prowess in battle . . . This is how you may know that I am speaking the truth and that the Spartans are the best educated in philosophy and speaking: if you talk to any ordinary Spartan, he seems to be stupid, but eventually, like some expert marksman, he shoots in some brief remark that proves you to be only a child. Philosophy is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence knowledge truth beauty justice validity mind and language Rhetoric has had many definitions no simple definition can do it justice " As these comments might suggest, the Athenians were somewhat taken by the speech patterns of their country cousins, and collected choice examples of their pithy statements.
- A witticism attributed to Lycurgus, the legendary lawgiver of Sparta, is a response to a proposal to set up a democracy there: "Begin with your own family. Lycurgus ( Greek:, Lukoûrgos; 700 BC?&ndash630 BC was the legendary lawgiver of Sparta, who established the military-oriented reformation of Democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is held completely by the people under a free electoral system "
- On another occasion, Lycurgus was reportedly asked the reason for the less-than-extravagant size of Sparta's sacrifices to the gods. Sacrifice (from a Middle English verb meaning "to make sacred" from Old French, from Latin sacrificium: sacr, "sacred" Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in Ancient Greece in the form of both popular public religion and cult practices. He replied, "So that we may always have something to offer. "
- Being asked what sorts of exercises and martial arts he approved of, Lycurgus responded, "All types, except that in which you stretch out your hand. Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for Combat. "
- When he was consulted on how Spartans might best forestall invasion of their homeland, Lycurgus advised, "By remaining poor, and each man not desiring to possess more than his fellow. "
- When asked whether it was advisable to build a defensive wall enclosing the city, Lycurgus answered, "A city is well-fortified which has a wall of men instead of brick. See also List of cities with defensive walls A defensive wall is a Fortification used to defend a city or settlement from potential aggressors "
- King Charilaus, explaining why the list of Spartan laws was so short, said: "Men of few words require few laws. Charilaus, also given as Charillus, was a Legendary king of Sparta in the early-mid 8th century BC "
- King Demaratus, being annoyed by someone asking him who the most exemplary Spartan was, answered "He that is least like you. Demaratus was a king of Sparta from 515 until 491 BC of the Eurypontid line, successor to his father Ariston. "
- When someone tried to engage him in conversation at a time and place he thought inappropriate, King Leonidas responded, "Much to the purpose, elsewhere. Leonidas ( Greek:; "Lion's son" "Lion-like" was a king of Sparta, the 17th of the Agiad line one of the sons "
- When the Persians sent envoys to the Spartans demanding the traditional symbol of surrender, an offering of soil and water, the Spartans threw them into a deep well, suggesting that upon their arrival at the bottom, they could "Dig it out for yourselves. The Achaemenid Empire or Achaemenid Persian Empire ( haχɒmaneʃijɒn (558–330 BC was the first of the Persian Empires to rule over significant portions of "
- On her husband Leonidas' departure for battle with the Persians at Thermopylae, Gorgo, Queen of Sparta asked what she should do. Leonidas ( Greek:; "Lion's son" "Lion-like" was a king of Sparta, the 17th of the Agiad line one of the sons Thermopylae (θɚˈmɒpəli (Ancient and Katharevousa Greek, Demotic Θερμοπύλες: "hot gateway" is a location in Greece Gorgo (Γοργώ (fl 480 BC) was the daughter and the only child of Cleomenes I, King of Sparta (r He advised her: "Marry a good man and bear good children. "
- Herodotus recounted another incident that preceded the Battle of Thermopylae. Herodotus of Halicarnassus ( Greek: Hēródotos Halikarnāsseús) was a Greek Historian who lived in the 5th century BC ( 484 BC&ndash In the Battle of Thermopylae, which occurred in August 480 BC (and was detailed almost entirely by Herodotus) an alliance of Greek City-states fought The Spartan Dienekes was told the Persian archers were so numerous that when they fired their volleys, their arrows would blot out the sun. Diēnékēs (Dieneces (Διηνέκης (died 480 BC was a Spartan officer present at the Battle of Thermopylae. The Persian Empire was a series of Iranian empires that ruled over the Iranian plateau, the original Persian homeland and beyond in Western Asia He responded with “So much the better, we'll fight in the shade”.  Today Dienekes's phrase is the motto of the Greek 20th Armored Division.
- When Leonidas was in charge of guarding the narrow mountain pass at Thermopylae with just 7,000 Greek men in order to delay the invading Persian army, Xerxes offered to spare his men if they gave up their arms. Leonidas ( Greek:; "Lion's son" "Lion-like" was a king of Sparta, the 17th of the Agiad line one of the sons Xerxes I of Persia was a King of Persia (reigned 485–465 BC of the Achaemenid dynasty. Leonidas replied "Molon Labe" (Greek "Μολών Λαβέ"), which translates to "Come and take them". The Greek phrase Molōn labe! ( approximate Classical Greek pronunciation labé Modern Greek laˈve meaning "Come and take  Today this is, among other things, the motto of the Greek 1st Army Corps.
- Leonidas asked a Spartan to take a final communication about the battle home; the man declined, saying "I came here to fight, not to act as a messenger. " He made the same request of another Spartan, and received the reply: "I shall do my duty better by staying here, and in that way the news will be better. "
- When asked by a woman from Attica, "Why are you Spartan women the only ones who can rule men?", Gorgo replied, "Because we are also the only ones who give birth to men. The Golden Age is the term used to denote the historical period in Ancient Greece lasting roughly from the end of the Persian Wars in 448 BC to either the Attica (Αττική Attikí;) is a periphery (subdivision in Greece, containing Athens, the capital of Greece The city of Sparta ( Doric Σπάρτα Attic Σπάρτη Gorgo (Γοργώ (fl 480 BC) was the daughter and the only child of Cleomenes I, King of Sparta (r "
- Polycratidas was one of several Spartans sent on a diplomatic mission to some Persian generals, and being asked whether they came in a private or a public capacity, answered, "If we succeed, public; if not, private. "
- One famous example comes from the time of the invasion of Philip II of Macedon. Philip II of Macedon, ( Greek: Φίλιππος Β' ο Μακεδών &mdash φίλος = friend + ίππος = Horse Macedon or Macedonia ( Greek grc Μακεδονία grc-Latn Makedonía) was the name of a kingdom centered in the northern-most With key Greek city-states in submission, he turned his attention to Sparta and sent a message: "If I win this war, you will be slaves forever. The city of Sparta ( Doric Σπάρτα Attic Σπάρτη War is an international relations Dispute, characterized by organized Violence between National Military units As a social-economic system slavery is a legal institution under which a Person (called "a slave" is compelled to work for another " In another version, Philip proclaims: "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city. " The Spartan ephors sent back a one word reply: "If. An ephor ( Classical Greek) (from the Greek, epi, "on" or "over" and, horaō, "to see" i " Subsequently, both Philip and Alexander would avoid Sparta entirely. Alexander the Great ( or, Mégas Aléxandros; July 20 356 BC June 10 or June 11 323 BC also known as Alexander III of Macedon (el Ἀλέξανδρος Γ'
- Demetrius I of Macedon was offended when the Spartans sent his court a single envoy, and exclaimed angrily, "What! Have the Lacedaemonians sent no more than one ambassador?" The Spartan responded, "Aye, one ambassador to one king. Demetrius I (337-283 BC Greek: Δημήτριος) called Poliorcetes (Greek Πολιορκητής) ("The Besieger" son of Macedon or Macedonia ( Greek grc Μακεδονία grc-Latn Makedonía) was the name of a kingdom centered in the northern-most For the Laconian dialect see Doric Greek For the Ancient Kingdom see Sparta For the laconic expression see Laconic "
- After being invited to dine at a public table, the sophist Hecataeus was criticized for failing to utter a single word during the entire meal. Archidamidas answered in his defense, "He who knows how to speak, knows also when. "
- Spartan mothers or wives gave a departing warrior his shield with the words: Συν ται η επι ται! or Ή ταν ή επί τας!, "With it or on it!", implying that he should return (victoriously) with his shield, or (his cremated body in an urn) upon it, but by no means after saving himself by throwing away his heavy shield and fleeing. 
- The king of Pontus engaged a Spartan cook to prepare their famous black broth for him, but found it distasteful. Geography The Black Sea region loosely called Pontus by various scholars has a steep rocky coast with rivers that cascade through the gorges of the coastal ranges The Spartan melas zomos, or black soup, was a staple Soup made of boiled Pigs Blood, pork and Vinegar. The cook explained, "To relish this dish, one must first bathe in the Eurotas. The Eurotas or Evrotas (Greek Ευρώτας is a river in the Peloponnese in southern Greece. "
- Upon being asked to come hear a person who could perfectly imitate a nightingale, a Spartan answered, "I have heard the nightingale itself. The Nightingale ( Luscinia megarhynchos) also known as Rufous and Common Nightingale, is a small Passerine Bird that was formerly "
- When asked what dowry she was giving her bridegroom, a poor Spartan girl said: "My father's common sense. A dowry (also known as trousseau or tocher) is the money goods or estate that a woman brings to her soon to be husband in marriage "
- After an Athenian accused Spartans of being ignorant, the Spartan Plistoanax agreed: "What you say is true. The History of Athens is one of the longest of any city in Europe and in the world We have learned none of your evil ways. "
Other historical examples
- After defeating the Romans in the Battle of Asculum (279 BC), which was costly to both sides, Pyrrhus reportedly responded to an offer of congratulations with "One more such victory and the cause is lost" (In Greek: Ἂν ἔτι μίαν μάχην νικήσωμεν, ἀπολώλαμεν Án eti mían máchin nikísomen, ápolólamen), or similar words to that effect. Ancient Rome was a Civilization that grew out of a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC This article refers to the Pyrrhic War battle fought in 279 BC. Pyrrhus (318-272 BC ( Greek: Πύρρος Aιακιδης Pyrros Aiakides was one of the most successful ancient Greek generals of the Hellenistic A Pyrrhic victory (ˈpɪrɪk is a victory with devastating cost to the victor 
- After the execution of Lucius Sergius Catiline and his fellow conspirators, Cicero announced "Vixerunt" - "they have lived. Lucius Sergius Catilina (108 BC–62 BC known in English as Catiline, was a Roman Politician of the 1st century BC who is best known for the Marcus Tullius Cicero ( Classical Latin ˈkikeroː usually ˈsɪsərəʊ in English January 3, 106 BC &ndash December 7, 43 BC was a Roman "
- After defeating King Pharnaces II of Pontus in the Battle of Zela in 47 BC, Julius Caesar memorialized his swift victory with the words "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered"). Pharnaces II (in Greek Φαρνάκης, died 47 BC was the son of the great Mithridates VI of Pontus, a famed enemy of the Roman Republic. Geography The Black Sea region loosely called Pontus by various scholars has a steep rocky coast with rivers that cascade through the gorges of the coastal ranges The Battle of Zela was a battle fought in 47 BC between Julius Caesar and Pharnaces II of Pontus. 
- According to a legend recorded in the Primary Chronicle for year 6472, Sviatoslav I of Kiev (circa 962–972 AD) sent a message to the Vyatich rulers, consisting of a single phrase: "I come at you!" (Old East Slavic: "Иду на вы!" Idu na vi!). The Primary Chronicle (ѣѣтъ Пóвесть временны́х лет Povest' vremennykh let; Пóвість врéм'яних літ Povist' vremjanykh Sviatoslav I of Kiev ( Old East Slavic: С~тославъ (Свąтославъ Игорєвичь ( Sventoslavŭ Igorevichǐ) Russian: ru Святослав The History of Kiev (also spelled Kyiv as per Київ the largest city and the Capital of Ukraine The Vyatichs or more properly Vyatichi or Viatichi (вя́тичи were a Tribe of Early East Slavs who inhabited a part of the Oka Old East Slavic, also known as Old Russian (древнерусский or Old Ruthenian, was a vernacular literary language used from the 10th to the 14th centuries  The chronicler may have wished to contrast Sviatoslav's open declaration of war to stealthy tactics employed by many other early medieval conquerors. This phrase is used in modern Russian to denote an unequivocal declaration of one's intentions.
- In Njál's saga, Thorgrim and a few other grudge-bearing men were scouting around Gunnar Hámundarson's house. Njáls saga (also known as "Brennu-Njáls saga" or "The Story of the burning of Njáll") is arguably the most famous of the Sagas of Gunnar Hámundarson was a 10th century Icelandic chieftain He lived in Hlíðarendi in Fljótshlíð and is probably better known as Gunnar of Hlíðarendi Gunnar woke up and stabbed Thorgrim through a gap with an atgeir (a type of spear). Thorgrim returned to his comrades, who asked if Gunnar was home. "Find that out for yourselves, but this I am sure of, that his atgeir is at home," he said, and fell down dead.
- After the humiliation of his envoys in 1219, Genghis Khan's response to the Shah of the Khwarezmid Empire was "You have chosen war. Genghis Khan ( or;, Chinggis Khaan, ʧiŋgɪs χaːŋ Činggis Qaɣan; 1162–1227 born (meaning "ironworker" was the Mongol founder Khwarezm were a series of States centered on the Amu Darya River delta of the "
- During a visit to France, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a Frenchwoman who noted that he had put on weight, pinching his belly and saying, "Benjamin, what would you say if that was on a woman?" Notorious for his amatory endeavors, Franklin quickly replied, "Madam, twenty minutes ago that was on a woman. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Benjamin Franklin ( April 17 1790 was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. "
- When asked to surrender the Imperial Guard during the Battle of Waterloo, General Cambronne is recorded as replying: La Garde meurt, elle ne se rend pas - "The Guard dies, it does not surrender". In the Battle of Waterloo (Sunday 18 June 1815 near Waterloo Belgium Pierre Jacques Étienne Cambronne, later Pierre Viscount Cambronne ( 26 December 1770 &ndash 29 January 1842) was a General Some sources also record his response as the single word Merde (shit). Shit is one of the most functionally diverse words in the English language, and is also one of the most frequently used nouns
- During the early 19th century struggle for central Arabia between the families of Al Rashid and Al Saud, Shaykh Abdul Aziz Al Rashid wrote to King Abdul Aziz Al Saud suggesting that rather than having their armies battle, the two leaders should settle the matter through single combat. Nejd or Najd (literally "highland" نجد) is the central region of the Arabian Peninsula. The House of Rashid ( ar آل رشيد) were a historic dynasty of the Arabian Peninsula, and the most formidable enemies of the House of Saud The House of Saud ( Arabic: آل سعود romanized Āl Suʿūd is the Royal family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The King replied with a one-line letter "From Abdul Aziz the living to Abdul Aziz the dead. "
- In 1809, during the second siege of Saragossa, the French demanded the city's surrender with the message "Peace and Surrender" ("Paz y capitulación"). The Second Siege of Saragossa was the French capture of the Spanish city of Zaragoza during the Peninsular War. General Palafox's reply was "War and knife" ("Guerra y cuchillo"). Don José de Palafox y Melzi Duke of Saragossa ( es: José Rebolledo de Palafox y Melci duque de Zaragoza) (1776 Zaragoza &ndash
- In 1843, British forces led by General Charles Napier conquered the province of Sindh in India. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was the formal name of the United Kingdom from 1 January 1801 until 12 April 1927 For the naval officer of the same name see Charles Napier General Sir Charles James Napier GCB ( August 10 Sindh ( Sindhī: سنڌ Urdu: سندھ is one of the four provinces of Pakistan and historically is home to the Sindhis. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country On his conquest he was supposed to have sent a one word message in Latin to his commander, Peccavi, meaning "I have sinned" ("I have Sindh"), making it not only a laconic phrase, but also a bilingual pun. Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. A bilingual pun is a Pun in which a word in one language is similar to a word in another language In fact this message was suggested by Punch at the time, since Napier had been acting against orders.
- During the era of westward expansion in the United States of America a group of thieves, bandits and outlaws began terrorizing a small community in the state of Texas, killing several citizens. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. The townsmen quickly requested help from the Texas Rangers. The Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers, is a law enforcement agency with statewide Jurisdiction based in Austin, the When Ranger Pat Dooling arrived, the townsmen could not believe that only one man had been sent. In response to their question about the arrival of other Rangers, Dooling famously responded "You've only got one riot, haven't you?"
- On October 27, 1917, violinist Mischa Elman and pianist Leopold Godowsky listened in Carnegie Hall as sixteen-year-old violin prodigy Jascha Heifetz gave his first U.S. performance. Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. Year 1917 ( MCMXVII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Mikhail Saulovich 'Mischa' Elman ( January 20, 1891 &ndash April 5, 1967) was a Ukrainian -born violinist famed for his passionate Leopold Godowsky (Leopold Godowski ( February 13, 1870 &ndash November 21, 1938) was a famed Polish - American pianist composer Carnegie Hall (generally ˌkɑrnɨgi ˈhɔːl is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east Jascha Heifetz (ˈhaɪfɪts was a Lithuanian born American Violin Virtuoso ( &ndash December 10, 1987) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the At intermission, Elman wiped his brow and remarked "It's awfully hot in here", to which Godowsky retorted, “Not for pianists. ”
- On October 28, 1918 the Austrian-Hungarian ruler Charles I of Austria tried to persuade the Slovene leader Anton Korošec not to join an independent Yugoslav State by offering him to establish an autonomous United Slovenia within the Habsburg Monarchy. Events 306 - Maxentius is proclaimed Roman Emperor. 312 - Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common "Karl I" redirects here For the prince of Liechtenstein see Karl I of Liechtenstein. Slovenes or Slovenians ( Slovene Slovenci, dual Slovenca, singular Slovenec, feminine Slovenke, dual Slovenki Anton Korošec ( May 12 1872, Biserjane /Wisserian Styria, then in Austria-Hungary, but now part of Slovenia – December See also Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia ( Serbo-Croatian United Slovenia (Zedinjena Slovenija is the name of a political programme of the Slovenes from 1848, that demanded (a unification of all the Habsburg Monarchy (alternatively Habsburg Empire) refers to the territories ruled by the Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg, and then by the successor Korošec replied in German: Es ist zu spät, Majestät ("It is too late, your Majesty") and then, according to his own account, slowly left the room. The State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs was declared the next day with Korošec as its de facto leader. The State of Slovenes Croats and Serbs was a short-lived state formed from the southernmost parts of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy after its dissolution at the end of
- American President Calvin Coolidge had a reputation in private of being a man of few words and was nicknamed "Silent Cal. John Calvin Coolidge Jr (July 4 1872 January 5 1933 was the thirtieth President of the United States (1923–1929 " A possibly apocryphal story has it that Dorothy Parker, seated next to him at a dinner, said to him, "Mr. Dorothy Parker (August 22 1893&ndashJune 7 1967 was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic Wit, wisecracks and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles Coolidge, I've made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you. " His reply: "You lose. "
- Nobel Prize-winning British physicist Paul Dirac was notoriously taciturn. The Nobel Prize (Nobelpriset (Nobelprisen is a Swedish prize established in the 1895 will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel; it was first awarded in Peace, Literature  During the question period after a lecture he gave at the University of Toronto, a member of the audience remarked that he hadn't understood part of a derivation. This article is about the University of Toronto's St George Campus There followed a long and increasingly awkward silence. When the host finally prodded him to respond, Dirac simply said, "That was a statement, not a question. "
- During World War II when Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas refused Axis demands for occupation of Greek territory under threat of war, he was supposed to have replied with a single word - Οχι (Ochi)- "No. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including General Ioannis Metaxas (Ιωάννης Μεταξάς ( April 12, 1871 January 29, 1941) was a Greek General and The Axis powers also known as the Axis alliance Axis nations Axis countries or sometimes just the Axis were those Countries " The anniversary of his refusal is today celebrated as Oxi Day. Celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on October 28 each year Okhi Day (also spelled Ohi Day, In fact, his response was in French - Alors, c'est la guerre - "it is war, then".
- During the Battle of the Bulge General Anthony McAuliffe, acting commander of the 101st Airborne, refused to surrender to the German forces with a note on which he wrote one word: "NUTS!"
- In the Korean War, after U. The Ardennes Offensive (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945 was a major German offensive launched towards the end of World War II through the forested Ardennes Mountains General Anthony Clement McAuliffe (July 2 1898 - August 11 1975 was the United States Army general who commanded the defending 101st Airborne troops during the Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. The Korean War refers to a period of military conflict between North Korean and South Korean regimes with major hostilities lasting from June 25 1950 until the N. forces under American command were attacked by Chinese forces in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, U. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was a battle in the Korean War, in which 30000 United Nations (UN troops (nicknamed the "Frozen Chosin" or "The S. commander Chesty Puller made the remark, "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26 1898 &ndash October 11 1971 was an officer in the United States Marine Corps and is the most We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things. " He also reportedly said, "All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us. . . they can't get away this time", and "Great. Now we can shoot at those bastards from every direction. " In the same battle, Major General Oliver P. Smith was widely quoted as saying, "Retreat? Hell, we're attacking in a different direction!", but that is apparently an abbreviation of his actual explanation. Oliver Prince Smith (October 26 1893- December 25 1977 was a General in the United States Marine Corps and a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II
- During the French estrangement from NATO, Charles de Gaulle demanded that all American troops leave French soil. The North Atlantic Treaty Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle ( ( 22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French General and statesman who led the Free French Lyndon B. Johnson is said to have responded, "Does that include the ones [buried] at Omaha Beach?"
References and Notes
- ^ Plato Protagoras. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France Biography Early life Birth and family Plato was born in Athens Greece Protagoras is a Dialogue of Plato. The main Argument is between the elderly Protagoras, a celebrated Sophist, and 342
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/P/Plutarch/prose/plutachslives/lycurgus.html Plutarch: Life of Lycurgus
- ^ Herodotus The Histories, Book Seven, section 133. Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus ( Greek: Μέστριος Πλούταρχος c Herodotus of Halicarnassus ( Greek: Hēródotos Halikarnāsseús) was a Greek Historian who lived in the 5th century BC ( 484 BC&ndash The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature.
- ^ Lacaenarum apophthegmata, Plutarch. Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus ( Greek: Μέστριος Πλούταρχος c
- ^ Herodotus The Histories, Book Seven, section 226. Herodotus of Halicarnassus ( Greek: Hēródotos Halikarnāsseús) was a Greek Historian who lived in the 5th century BC ( 484 BC&ndash The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature.
- ^ Plutarch, Apophthegmata Laconica, 225c. Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus ( Greek: Μέστριος Πλούταρχος c 11. This work may or may not be by Plutarch himself, but it is included among the Moralia, a collection of works attributed to him but outside the collection of his most famous works, the Parallel Lives. The Moralia (gr Greek &mdash loosely translatable Plutarch 's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, commonly called Parallel Lives or Plutarch's Lives, is a series of
- ^ Bradford, Ernle (2004-03-30). Ernle Bradford (born Jan 11, 1922, at Cole Green Norfolk, England - died May 8 1986) was a noted 20th century British Thermopylae: The Battle for the West. New York: Da Capo Press, page 141. ISBN 0306813602.
- ^ Garland, Robert (1998-08-30). Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, page 81. DOI:10.1336/0313303835. A digital object identifier ( DOI) is a permanent identifier given to an Electronic document. ISBN 0313303835.
- ^ http://www.attalus.org/old/demetrius2.html Plutarch: Life of Demetrius
- ^ http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/background/8c_p1.html PBS
- ^ http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/P/Plutarch/prose/plutachslives/pyrrhus.html Plutarch: Life of Pyrrhus
- ^ Julius Caesar, The Gallic Wars. Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus ( Greek: Μέστριος Πλούταρχος c Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus ( Greek: Μέστριος Πλούταρχος c Commentarii de Bello Gallico is Julius Caesar 's third-person account of his nine years of war in Gaul.
- ^ The Russian Primary Chronicle
- ^ Nicholas, Jeremy. Wit and Wisdom. www. godowsky. com. Retrieved on 2007-10-29. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II
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- ^ This began early. When Dirac was a child, his authoritarian father, a teacher of French, enforced a rule that Dirac speak to him only in French, as a device to encourage him to learn the language. But since young Dirac had difficulty expressing himself in French, the result was he spoke very little.
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See also A one-liner is a Joke that is delivered in a single line Many comedians have adopted this comedic method in their act
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