Latin quotes about war

Ancient Rome expanded throughout the known world so rapidly and successfully because of numerous wars. Those wars echo in these powerful quotes and sayings.

Bella detesta matribus — Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)

Bella gerant alii — Let others wage war

Bellum omium contra omnes — Everyman's war against everyman. (Thomas Hobbes)

Casus belli — Event (that is the justification for, or the cause) of war

Dulce bellum inexpertis — War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it. (Pindaros)

Hannibal ante portas! — Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!

Hostis humani generis — Enemy of the human race

In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello — In peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war

Nervos belli, pecuniam. (Nervus rerum.) — The nerve of war, money. (The nerve of things.) (Cicero)

Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit — No fort is so strong that it cannot be taken with money. (Cicero)

Nulli expugnabilis hosti — Conquered by no enemy. (motto of Gibraltar)

Post bellum — After the war

Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum — Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)

Vix ulla tam iniqua pax, quin bello vel aequissimo sit potior — Scarcely is there any peace so unjust that it is better than even the fairest war. (Erasmus)

Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem — The one safety for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety knowing there is no hope can give one the courage to fight and win

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