Brave Athenians

A battle painting was once made, which portrayed the Athenians slaying Spartan soldiers.  One man, after seeing the painting, kept repeating how brave the Athenians were.  A Spartan, fed up with this, finally replied, “Yes, in the painting!”

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The Worth of Speech

A lecturer once said that speech was the most important thing of all.  Agis, king of Sparta, retorted that if that were the case, than if the lecturer were silent, he was worthless.

The Impossible Musculature of Angels

The chapel at Cornell University, known as Sage Chapel, was enlarged and decorated in 1903 and 1904, gifts of William H. Sage.  Among the new decorations included several angels, a feature that prompted Burt G. Wilder, Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Natural History, to refuse to enter Sage Chapel unless absolutely necessary.  He was “outraged by the impossible musculature of angels with both wings and arms.”