The first known example of the proverb I know of is in the English writer and courtier John Lyly's romantic novel Euphues , Love and warre are all one [ Spanish - el amor y la guerra son vna misma cosa ]: and as in warre it is lawful to use sleights and stratagems to overcome the enemy: So in amorous strifes and competencies, Impostures and juggling tricks are held for good, to attaine to the wished end.
Almost a century later we find a version of the proverb that is close to its present form - in The Artful Husband , , the comic play by the English lawyer and playwright William Taverner:.
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Finally, in , we get to the proverb in the form we now use it - in the novel The Relapse, or Myrtle Bank :. Home Search Phrase Dictionary All's fair in love and war.
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Perhaps the story was not as breezy as the publisher expected, with a light romance amidst the violence of warfare. The plot is distinctly ingenious, and has one refreshing variation from conventional fiction. Besides, Mr.