XXIII. War

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

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War is death’s feast.

When war begins, then hell opens.

Wars bring scars.

In war all suffer defeat, even the victors.

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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]

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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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