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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1957
AUTHOR: Jean de Bloch (1836–1902)
QUOTATION: An analysis of the history of mankind shows that from the year 1496 B.C. to the year 1861 of our era, that is, in a cycle of 3357 years, were but 227 years of peace and 3130 years of war: in other words, were thirteen years of war for every year of peace. Considered thus, the history of the lives of peoples presents a picture of uninterrupted struggle. War, it would appear, is a normal attribute to human life.
ATTRIBUTION: JEAN DE BLOCH, The Future of War, trans. R. C. Long, p. lxv (1903).
SUBJECTS: War and peace