I’ve been well aware of the brutal rebukes uttered by the Spartans. For example when an Athenian woman asked why spartan woman were treated like equals by their male counterparts. A Spartan woman simply stated that only they gave birth to men.
Or when a Spartan king was visiting another city state when the host king started bragging about their massive walls. The spartan king responded by saying: “those are fine women’s quarters” when the host king tried to wise up to his level and said: “where are Sparta’s walls?” The king pointed to his men and nonchalantly said: “over there” .
There are other situations which come to mind like the American officer who responded to German requests for their surrender with: “Nuts” or the British soldier who while surrounded in Arnhem told the German messenger requesting their surrender with: “We haven’t got the facilities, we can’t accept your surrender”
I’d love to know more of these gems.
Source: reddit post