Alexander the Great went to consult the Delphic oracle before
he started on his expedition against Persia. He chanced, however, to
arrive on a day when no responses were made. Nothing daunted, he went
in search of the Pythia, and when she refused to attend, took her to
the temple by force. “Son,” said the priestess, “thou art
irresistible.” “Enough,” cried Alexander; “I accept your words as my
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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