~ Minerva protects Pax from Mars (‘Peace and War’) by Peter Paul Rubens


War is death’s feast.

When war begins, then hell opens.

Wars bring scars.

In war all suffer defeat, even the victors.


War is sweet to them that know it not.

In war, it is not permitted twice to err.[1]

He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.[2]

All may begin a war, few can end it.[3]


All the weapons of war will not arm fear.

If you want peace, you must prepare for war.[4]

A just war is better than an unjust peace.[5]

The best defense is a good offense.

[1] Attributed to Athenian general Lamachus who led the failed expedition against Sicily.

[2] Adapted from Matthew 26:52.

[3] Adapted from a maxim in Machiavelli’s History of Florence.

[4] A quotation from Vegetius. 

[5] A quotation from the Annals of Tacitus.

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