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Francis Bacon (15611626)
Croesus said to Cambyses; That peace was better than war; because in peace the sons did bury their fathers, but in wars the fathers did bury their sons.
FRANCIS BACON, Apophthegms, New and Old (vol. 13 of The Works of Francis Bacon), ed. James A. Spedding, Robert L. Ellis and Douglas D. Heath, no. 149, p. 359 (1860, reprinted 1969). First published 1625.