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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

5591 George Gordon Noel Byron

AUTHOR:George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
QUOTATION:War, war is still the cry,—“war even to the knife!” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto i. Stanza 86.
Note 1.
”War even to the knife” was the reply of Palafox, the governor of Saragossa, when summoned to surrender by the French, who besieged that city in 1808. [back]