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35 Motivational Spartan Quotes to Help You Take on Life’s Battles

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The Spartans arose from the city-state of Sparta of ancient Greece. They were a warrior society that paid homage to the values of honor, duty, discipline, and endurance. Values that have led to their being regarded as some of the fiercest warriors history has ever known. And while their legacy still inspires and instructs professional warriors who are actually involved in armed conflict to this day; their legacy is equally as inspiring to everyday people. Why? Because we are all warriors. We all fight wars, be they internal struggles with motivation, our purpose, our relationships, etc… or external struggles like struggling for the flourishing of our careers, the survival of our businesses, or the advancement of our dreams.

“Only The Hard, Only The Strong.”

The bottom-line is we fight. And because we fight, there is still value that we can extract from the wise words uttered by and about the world’s greatest warriors. As such, we are publishing the most inspiring and motivating Spartan quotes for you. We hope these quotes give you a better understanding of the values that have led to the Spartan’s enduring legacy. But most importantly, we hope these Spartan Quotes guide, motivate, and better equip you to take on life’s battles.

Motivational Spartan Quotes

Best Motivational Spartan Quotes

1. “Come back with your shield, or upon it.”  – Spartan Mother

2. “Come and take the them.” – Leonidas, Spartan King

3. “The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.” – Plutarch

4. “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.” – Spartan Proverb

5. “The daughters of Sparta are never at home! They mingle with the young men in wrestling matches.” – Euripides

6. “You should reach the limits of virtue before you cross the border of death.” – Aristodemus, Spartan Warrior

7. “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 endeavor to win.” – Tyrtaeus, Spartan Poet

8. “Son, remember your courage with each step.” – Spartan Mother

9. “Either quit your thieving or quit breathing.” – Spartan Mother

10. “He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.” – Spartan Creed

Spartan Creed

11. “There is no use for bravery unless justice is present, and no need for bravery if all men are just.” – Agesilaus, Spartan King

12. “Now eat a good breakfast, men. For we’ll all be sharing dinner in hell.” – Leonidas, Spartan King

13. “If you confer a benefit, never remember it; if you receive one, never forget it.” – Chilon of Sparta

14. “The Spartans are the equal of any men when they fight as individuals; fighting together as a collective, they surpass all other men.” – Demaratus, Spartan King

15. “King Phillip II: If I invade Lakonia you will be destroyed, never to rise again. Spartan Reply: IF” – Spartan Quote

16. “Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.” – Simonides, Greek Poet

17. “Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.” – Vince Lombardi

18. “The walls of Sparta were its young men, and its borders the points of their spears.” – Agesilaus, Spartan King

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Halfway There

Alright, you are more than halfway there. We hope you have found some inspiration from the medley of Spartan Quotes above. To provide you with a bit more motivation, we are publishing the most moving quotes from the popular Spartan movie known as three hundred. Enjoy!

Fun Fact: The word Spartan has come to mean self-restrained, simple, frugal, and austere, all of which are key traits of the self-disciplined.

Inspiring Spartan Quotes From 300

19. “From the time he could stand, he was baptized in the fire of combat. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender, but death on the battlefield in service to Sparta was the greatest glory he could achieve in his life.” – Dilios, 300

20. “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.” –  Dillios, 300

Spartan Quote - Only The Strong

21. “I am here for all those voices which cannot be heard: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, three hundred families that bleed for our rights. We must send the entire Spartan army to aid our king in the preservation of not just ourselves, but of our children. Send the army for the preservation of liberty. Send it for justice. Send it for law and order. Send it for reason. But most importantly, send our army for hope. Hope that a king and his men have not been wasted to the pages of history and that their courage bonds us together, that we are made stronger by their actions, and that your choices today reflect their bravery.” – Queen Gorgo, 300

22. “Give them nothing, but take from them, everything.” – King Leonidas, 300

23. “Spartans! Prepare for glory!” – King Leonidas, 300

24. “It is not a question of what a Spartan citizen should do, nor a husband, nor a king. Instead, ask yourself what should a free man do?” – Queen Gorgo, 300

25. “Xerxes: It isn’t wise to stand against me. Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory. King Leonidas: And I would die for any one of mine.” – 300 Quote

26. “You have many slaves, but few warriors. It won’t be long before they fear my spears more than your whips.” – King Leonidas, 300

27. “King Leonidas: A Spartan’s true strength is the warrior next to him. So give respect and honor to him, and it will be returned to you. First, you fight with your head…. Queen Gorgo: Then you fight with your heart.” – 300 Quote

28. “This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die! Remember this day, for it will be yours for all time.” – King Leonidas, 300

29. “Spartans never retreat! Spartans never surrender! Go spread the word. Let every Greek assembled know the truth of this. Let each among them search his own soul. And while you’re at it, search your own.” – King Leonidas, 300

30. “No retreat, no surrender; that is Spartan law. And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight, and die.” – Leonidas, 300

Spartan Law

31. “Persian Warrior: Spartans, lay down your weapons. King Leonidas: Persians, come and get them.” – 300 Quote

32. “The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many. And before this battle is over, that even a god king can bleed.” – King Leonidas, 300

33. “Freedom isn’t free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs. The cost of blood.” – Queen Gorgo, 300

34. “Queen Gorgo: Do not be coy or stupid, Persian. You can afford neither in Sparta! Messenger: What makes this woman thinks she can speak among men? Queen Gorgo: Because only Spartan women give birth to real men!” – 300 Quote

35. “This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die! Remember this day, for it will be yours for all time.” – King Leonidas, 300

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Bonus Spartan Quote

Bonus: “A new age has begun. An age of freedom. And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!” – King Leonidas, 300

Final Thoughts

There you have it, 35 inspiring Spartan quotes to help you take the battle to your internal enemies and win against vices like weakness, envy, greed, selfishness, laziness, and deceitfulness. May they inspire you to be victorious over those enemies we find both in our lives and the ones that exist within our own hearts.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these inspiring Spartan Quotes and Sayings, then you’ll love these Ultimate Warrior Quotes.

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