Eliot Spitzer went on television last night to discuss the errors of his past with Jay Leno. It was all fated, you see.
... Leno asked Spitzer about his fall from grace, saying, “How did you make this big a blunder?”
“There was a phrase that I used that was, ‘Hubris is terminal,’” Spitzer replied. “People who fall prey to hubris, end up falling themselves ... And this is something that I think infected me.”
The Greeks, as usual, had a word for it. Modern Americans do, too.