From "Smallville: Stray (#1.16)"
You know what those emperors you're so fond of talking about were really afraid of? That their sons would become successful and return to Rome at the head of their own army.
You think you can find your future in Smallville? I'm your future. Join me, Lex. Join me in Metropolis. How long have you been waiting to hear me say those words?
I've waited to hear other things from you for a lot longer. I'll return to Metropolis when I'm ready.