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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A foreign war is preferable to one at home.  Petrarch.  1
At the wars do as they do at the wars.  French.  2
But war’s a game, which, were their subjects wise kings would not play at.  Cowper.  3
Civil war is a hideous and repugnant thing.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  4
Even war is better than a wretched peace.  Tacitus.  5
Every milder method is to be tried before a nation makes an appeal to arms.  Kent.  6
Good kings never make war but for the sake of peace.  7
He that makes a good war makes a good peace.  8
He that preacheth up war when it might well be avoided, is the devil’s chaplain.  9
He who has land has war.  Italian.  10
In time of war the devil makes more room in hell.  German.  11
In war according to war.  French.  12
In war it is best to tie your horse to a strange manger.  Danish.  13
In war reputation is strength.  Ellenborough.  14
In war-time there is pay for every horse.  Italian.  15
It is a bad war from which no one returns.  German.  16
Mad wars destroy in one year the works of many years of peace.  Franklin.  17
Many return from the war who cannot give an account of the battle.  Italian.  18
Of all wars peace ought to be the end.  19
One war brings on another.  German.  20
Talk of the war but do not go to it.  Spanish.  21
That war is only just which is necessary.  22
The fear of war is worse than war itself.  Italian.  23
The hardest operation of war is to stop it.  24
There never was a good war nor a bad peace.  Franklin.  25
To die or conquer are the terms of war.  Homer.  26
War begun, hell unchained.  Italian.  27
War gives no opportunity for repeating a mistake.  28
War is a proceeding that ruins those who succeed.  29
War is death’s feast.  30
War is no strife
To the dark house or the detested wife.  Shakespeare.
War is pleasure to him who does not go to it.  German, Portuguese.  32
War is the son of hell.  Shakespeare.  33
War makes robbers and peace hangs them.  French, Italian.  34
War must be waged by waking men.  35
War ought to be neither dreaded nor provoked.  Latin.  36
War should be so managed as to remember that the only end of it is peace.  Cicero.  37
War to the knife. (Polafox’s answer to the French general at the siege of Saragoza.)  38
War with all the world and peace with England.  Spanish.  39
War’s a brain-spattering, wind-pipe-slitting art,
Unless her cause by right be sanctified.  Byron.
Wars bring scars.  41
When Greek meets Greek then comes the tug of war.  42
When war begins hell’s gates are set open.  43
When war is raging the laws are dumb.  Cicero.  44
When you go to war every man you meet is an enemy;—kill all.  North American Indian.  45
Where money and counsel are wanting it is better not to make war.  Danish.  46

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