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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1909
AUTHOR:Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–74)
QUOTATION:In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign…. Secondly, a just cause…. Thirdly … a rightful intention.
ATTRIBUTION:ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, part II–II, question 40, article 1, pp. 1359–60 (1947). Written 1266–1273.

  The three conditions are sometimes paraphrased as: public authority, just cause, right motive.
SUBJECTS:War
 
 
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