Don't know which line I like better...
One hero's wife, on why she continued reading a book: "I figured he would go up there and step on somebody’s neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn’t know how the book would end.”
The other heroic one, asked by the first if he was up to the fight: ‘Retired captain. USMC.’
The Anchoress has a roundup.
The Laconic style, beloved of the Spartans: never waste a word.