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All's fair in love and war

Posted by ESC on April 04, 2001

In Reply to: All's fair in love and war posted by steppi on April 04, 2001

: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "All's fair in love and war". Is there a literature background? thanks

ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR -- "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war. The proverb has been traced back to John Lyly's 'Euphues' . First attested in the United States in 'Horse-Shoe Robinson' . The proverb is found in varying forms. The proverb is frequently used to justify cheating." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman ( Random House, N.Y., 1996).

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