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Top 37 Medieval Quotes on Life & War (WISDOM)

10 Medieval Quotes About War and Violence

Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please. - Niccolo Machiavelli
Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please. – Niccolo Machiavelli
Nothing good ever comes of violence. - Martin Luther
Nothing good ever comes of violence. – Martin Luther
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. - Martin Luther
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. – Martin Luther
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. - Desiderius Erasmus
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. – Desiderius Erasmus
I am the flail of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you. - Genghis Khan
I am the flail of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you. – Genghis Khan
If they wish to fight today, let them come like men. - Bohemond I of Antioch
If they wish to fight today, let them come like men. – Bohemond I of Antioch
Let those who once fought against brothers and relatives now rightfully fight against barbarians. - Pope Urban II
Let those who once fought against brothers and relatives now rightfully fight against barbarians. – Pope Urban II
I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked. - William Shakespeare
I’ll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked. – William Shakespeare
We are ready to try our fortunes to the last man. - William Shakespeare
We are ready to try our fortunes to the last man. – William Shakespeare

11 of the Wisest Quotes from the Medieval Era (MIDDLE AGE)

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. - Michel de Montaigne
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. – Michel de Montaigne
Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness. - Taqî ad-Dîn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah
Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness. – Taqî ad-Dîn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. - Niccolo Machiavelli
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. – Niccolo Machiavelli
No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary. - William of Ockham
No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary. – William of Ockham
The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.
― St. Thomas Aquinas
The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. ― Meister Eckhart
The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. ― Meister Eckhart
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. - Martin Luther
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. – Martin Luther
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other. - Petrarch
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other. – Petrarch
For I would rather have a Scot come from Scotland to govern the people of this kingdom well and justly than that you should govern them ill in the sight of all the world. - Louis IX
For I would rather have a Scot come from Scotland to govern the people of this kingdom well and justly than that you should govern them ill in the sight of all the world. – Louis IX
A tale is but half told when only one person tells it. - The Saga of Grettir the Strong
A tale is but half told when only one person tells it. – The Saga of Grettir the Strong
Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend. - Saadi
Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend. – Saadi

9 Inspirational Medieval Quotes

“There is a remarkable thing about swans. They teach us that the troubles of death should not grieve us; for in the very moment of dying they make a virtue of necessity and despise their sad fate in singing.”

Gerald of Wales
Undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the Kingdom of Heaven! - Pope Urban II
Undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the Kingdom of Heaven! – Pope Urban II
The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others. - Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph
The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others. – Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph
May the lightning of your glory be seen and the thunders of your onset heard from east to west, and be ye the avengers of noble blood. - William The Conqueror
May the lightning of your glory be seen and the thunders of your onset heard from east to west, and be ye the avengers of noble blood. – William The Conqueror
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. - Christopher Columbus
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. – Christopher Columbus

“For as long as we live, and by God’s grace, rule over the realm, we shall strive with mind, strength, and goods to suppress so that the rigour of your servitude will be an example to posterity.”

Richard II Of England
When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods. - Leon Battista Alberti
When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods. – Leon Battista Alberti
Strike up the drum and march courageously. - Christopher Marlowe
Strike up the drum and march courageously. – Christopher Marlowe
To whom God will, there be the victory. - William Shakespeare
To whom God will, there be the victory. – William Shakespeare

7 Medieval Quotes that Will Make You Think

 “If it were customary to send maidens to school and teach them the same subjects as are taught to boys, they would learn just as fully and would understand the subtleties of all arts and sciences.”

Christine de Pizan
What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing. - Geoffrey Chaucer
What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing. – Geoffrey Chaucer
People pretend not to like grapes when the vines are too high for them to reach. ― Marguerite de Navarre
People pretend not to like grapes when the vines are too high for them to reach. ― Marguerite de Navarre
Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease. - Peter Abelard
Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease. – Peter Abelard
The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. - Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)
The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. – Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)
Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render every one his due. - Emperor Justinian
Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render every one his due. – Emperor Justinian
What a parcel of fools and dastards have I nourished in my house, and not one of them will avenge me of this one upstart clerk. - Henry II Of England
What a parcel of fools and dastards have I nourished in my house, and not one of them will avenge me of this one upstart clerk. – Henry II Of England

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