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Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, commonly known simply as Vegetius, was a Roman writer from the 4th Century. He is famous for his books Epitoma rei militaris, and Digesta Artis Mulomedicinae.

An adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter.

- Vegetius

What can a soldier do who charges when out of breath?

- Vegetius

Few men are born brave, many become so through training and force of discipline.

- Vegetius

Valour is superior to numbers.

- Vegetius

An ambuscade, if discovered and promptly surrounded, will repay the intended mischief with interest

- Vegetius

A general is not easily overcome who can form a true judgement of his own and the enemy's forces.

- Vegetius

Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum

Let him who desires peace prepare for war

- Vegetius

We die today not only for our friends and family but for our gods and for our forefathers and men before them so pray to them to make us victorious

- Vegetius

Let all be present and expect the palm, the prize of victory.

- Virgil


Homer was a famous writer and poet from Ancient Greece, little is known about when he lived or if he even existed, but he composed the two first pieces of Western Literature: the 'Illiad' and the 'Odyssey'

So ends the bloody business of the day.

- Homer

Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his strength.

- Homer

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than war.

- Homer

He serves me most, who serves his country best.

- Homer

The blade itself incites to violence

- Homer

To those that flee comes neither power nor glory

- Homer

Ye gods, what dastards would our host command? Swept to the war, the lumber of the land.

- Homer

Noble and manly music invigorates the spirit, strengthens the wavering man, and incites him to great and worthy deeds.

- Homer

A glorious death is his who for his country falls.

- Homer


Titus Maccius Plautus, commonly known simply as Plautus, was a Roman playwright, who was known for his comedies.

Conquered, we conquer

- Plautus

Ah, yes, mere infantry - poor beggars...

- Plautus

The valiant profit more their country than the finest, cleverest speakers

- Plautus


Sophocles was a famous playwright from ancient Greece, who is famously known for his tragedies. 

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.

- Sophocles

It is the brave man's part to live with glory, or with glory die.

- Sophocles


Titus Livius Patavinus, known as Livy, was a famous Roman historian, known for his many written works on Roman history.

The outcome corresponds less to expectations in war than in any other case whatsoever.

- Livy

Vae victus.

Woe to the vanquished.

- Livy

To a good general luck is important.

- Livy

Sun TzuEdit

Sun Tzu was a famous Chinese general and military philosopher, who was known for his famous written work "The Art of War" a highly influential book on military strategy.

All warfare is based on deception.

- Sun Tzu

In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power.

- Sun Tzu

Generally management of the many is the same as generally management of the few, it's a matter of organization.

- Sun Tzu

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.

- Sun Tzu


Herodotus was a famous historian from Ancient Greece. He is well known for his written works on history, and Cicero once stated he was "The Father of History".

In peace, sons bury their fathers, in war, fathers bury their sons.

- Herodotus

Far better is to have a stout heart always and suffer one's share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.

- Herodotus

Latin and Greek proverbsEdit

Well known quotes from early Greek, and Roman society, it's unknown who created these phrases.

After the war is over, make alliances

- Greek proverb

Fortis cadere, cedere non potest.

A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield.

- Latin proverb

Victory loves prudence.

- Latin proberb

Flet victus, victor interiit.

The conquered mourns, the conqueror is undone.

- Latin proverb

Timidi mater non flet.

A coward's mother does not weep.

- Latin proverb

Arms keep peace

- Latin proverb

To blunder twice is not allowed in war

- Latin proverb


Tacitus was a famous historian and senator from the Roman Empire. He was known for his historical works on the reign of Roman emperors.

The proper arts of a general are judgement and prudence.

- Tacitus

Great empires are not maintained by timidity.

- Tacitus

A bad peace is even worse than a war

- Tacitus

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors

- Tacitus

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

- Tacitus

Valour is the contempt of death and pain.

- Tacitus

They make a solitude and call it peace.

- Tacitus


Plato was a famous philosopher and mathemitician from ancient Greece, Plato is known for his many works on science, mathematics, and logic.

Every care must be taken that our auxiliaries, being stronger than our citizens, may not grow too much for them and become savage beasts.

- Plato

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.

- Plato

The rulers of the State are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying

- Plato


Aeschylus was a famous playwright from Ancient Greece, known for his tragedies.

I think the slain care little if they sleep or rise again.

- Aeschylus

A people's voice is dangerous when charged with wrath.

- Aeschylus


Polybius was a famous historian from ancient Greece, who was known for his written works on the history of Rome, and his views on government and separation of power.

In war we must always leave room for strokes of fortune, and accidents that cannot be foreseen.

- Polybius

A good general not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible.

- Polybius


Quintus Horatius Flaccus, better known as Horace, was a famous lyric poet from ancient Rome.

Bella detesta matribus.

Wars are the dread of mothers.

- Horace

Quae caret ora cruore nostro?

What coast knows not our blood?

- Horace

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.

- Horace

Adversity reveals the genius of a general; good fortune conceals it

- Horace

A wise man in times of peace prepares for war.

- Horace


Thucydides was a famous historian, philosopher, and general from ancient Greece, who is known for his works on history, such as his historical work on the Peloponnesian War.

A collision at sea can ruin your entire day.

- Thucydides

The strong did what they could, and the weak suffered what they must.

- Thucydides

Self-control is the chief element in self respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.

- Thucydides

Hermocrates of SyracuseEdit

Hermocrates was a great general of Syracuse during the peloponnesian war and was responsible for many victories of his city state against the invading Athenian forces.

The true contempt of an invader is shown by deeds of valour in the field.

- Hermocrates of Syracuse

They have an abundance of gold and silver, and these make war, like other things, go smoothly.

- Hermocrates of Syracuse

When there is mutual fear, men think twice before they make aggression upon one another.

- Hermocrates

Nobody is driven in to war by ignorance, and no one who thinks he will gain anything from it is deterred by fear.

- Hermocrates


Euripides was a famous tragedian of classical Athens, ancient Greece.

Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his strength.

- Euripides

The god of war hates those who hesitate

- Euripides

Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man's eyes.

- Euripides

A large army is always disorderly.

- Euripides


Fas est et ab hoste doceri.

It is right to learn, even from the enemy.

- Ovid

The gods favour the bold.

- Ovid


Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home.

- Cicero

The sinews of war are infinite money.

- Cicero

War is not so much a matter of weapons, as of money.

- Cicero

Silent enim leges inter arma

Laws are silent in times of war

- Cicero


War, as the saying goes, is full of false alarms.

- Aristotle

We make war that we may live in peace.

- Aristotle

The wise man speaks because he has something to say, the fool because he has to say something

- Aristotle

Pulibius SyrusEdit

It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.

- Pulibius Syrus

Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many

- Pulibius Syrus

We should provide in peace what we need in war

- Pulibius Syrus

The cruelty of war makes for peace.

- Pulibius Syrus

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.

- Pulibius Syrus

He is best secure from dangers who is on his guard even when he seems safe.

- Pulibius Syrus

Gaius Julius CaesarEdit

In war important events result from trivial causes.

- Gaius Julius Caesar

War gives the right of the conquerors to impose any conditions they please upon the vanquished.

- Gaius Julius Caesar

Veni, vidi, vici.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

- Gaius Julius Caesar

Alea iacta est

The die is cast

- Gaius Julius Caesar

If you must break the law, do it to seize power, in all other cases observe it.

- Gaius Julius Caesar


Men of Athens, there is not much time for exhortation, but to the brave a few words are as good as many.

- Hippocrates

War is the only proper school of the surgeon.

- Hippocrates


If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favourable.

- Seneca

The fortunes of war are always doubtful.

- Seneca

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

- Seneca


Against danger it pays to be prepared.

- Aesop

Brave men are a city's strongest tower of defence.

- Alcaeus

A dead enemy always smells good.

- Aulus Vitellius

Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.

- Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, III, 1

He conquers who endures.

- Persius

Extraordinary rains pretty generally fall after great battles.

- Plutarch

I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies' designs.

- Pericles

When one side goes against the enemy with the gods' gift of stronger morale, then their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them.

- Xenophon

Bella, horida bella!

Wars, horrid wars!

- Virgil

Willing obedience always beats forced obedience

- Xenophon

Soldiers do not like being under the command of one who is not of noble birth.

- Onosander

To an imperial city nothing is inconsistent which is expedient.

- Euphemus of Athens

In the moment of action remember the value of silence and order.

- Phormio of Athens

If a man does not strike first, he will be first struck.

- Athenogoras of Syracuse

Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

Fortune favours the brave.

- Terence

In war we must be speedy.

- Silius Italicus

Learn to obey before you command.

- Solon of Athens

Varus, give me back my legions.

- Augustus Caesar: After the defeat and annihilation of Varus' column in Teutoberg Forest

The Spartans do not ask how many enemies but where they are.

- Agis II of Sparta

Come home with this shield, or upon it.

- A Spartan mother equips her son

Who was the first that forged the deadly blade? Of rugged steel his savage soul was made.

- Tibullus

A small country cannot contend with a great; the few cannot contend with the many; and the weak cannot contend with the strong

- Mencius

A disorderly mob is no more an army than a heap of building materials is a house

- Socrates

To brave men, the prizes that war offers are liberty and fame

- Lycurgus of Sparta

War spares not the brave but the cowardly

- Anacreon

It is the noblest and safest thing for a great army to be visibly animated by one spirit

- Archidamus of Sparta

Ah! The generals! They are numerous but not good for much!

- Aristophanes

Let them hate us as long as they fear us

- Caligula

To lead untrained people to war is to throw them away

- Confucius

Only the brave enjoy noble and glorious deaths 

- Dionysius

The walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots

- Ezekiel, XXVI, 10

Alta sedent civilis vulnera dextrae

Deep are the wounds that civil strife inflicts

- Lucan

It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another

- Lucretius

Hannibal knew how to gain a victory, but not how to use it

- Maharbal

The man who runs away will fight again

- Menander

An alliance with the powerful is never to be trusted

- Phaedrus

War is sweet to those who have never experienced it

- Pindar

How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle!

- II Samuel, I, 25

March divided and fight concentrated

- Military maxim

Divide and conquer

- Military maxim

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear

-Marcus Aurelius