King Cleomenes III of Sparta (r. 235-222 BCE)
“The man who despairs in the face of difficulties and hardships, or of public censure and opinion, is defeated by his own feebleness.”
- Quote attributed to Cleomenes III in Plutarch’s Life of Cleomenes, excerpted from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, translated by Richard J. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin Classics, 2005.