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NOharmNOfoul's avatar

"All's fair in love and war"?

Asked by NOharmNOfoul (256points) May 20th, 2008 from iPhone

Or is it?

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peedub's avatar

It is a line in an awesome Devo song.

NOharmNOfoul's avatar

@peedub lol thanks for the link, I didn’t know that.

iwamoto's avatar

i’ve stolen girlfriends of best friends, i’ve had my share of that, then again, i covered their asses during difficult situations, i think all is fair, as long as you repay your sins

benseven's avatar

The whole quote is actually “All’s fair in love and war, except for a kick in the bollocks, that’s terrible behaviour”...

playthebanjo's avatar

Blaming you for what you say when you talk in your sleep is definitely NOT fair.

Neither is getting all mad when your pee misses the toilet at 3 a.m.

wildflower's avatar

Too often it seems like there’s nothing fair in love and war.

iwamoto's avatar

well, it’s true that love is very unfair, but the rules of engagement are pretty clear

wildflower's avatar

No they’re not! Ever had those ‘will-they-won’t-they’ type situations? It’s far from clear what’s allowed/accepted/expected…..

iwamoto's avatar

it’s just..fight till death, whoever wins gets te prize of mating…

wildflower's avatar

Rule # 1: There are no rules
Rule # 2: See Rule #1 ?

iwamoto's avatar

yeah, that about sums it up

marinelife's avatar

I wouldn’t want to be in relationship with anyone who believed that or at war with them. In a society, I don’t think “All’s fair” ever applies. Basically, it’s just a way of saying “I only care about me, and so what if I hurt others.”

monsoon's avatar

I think it was from the movie Top Hat first, said by Fred Austaire (aka sexiest man who ever lived).

marinelife's avatar

@monsoon No, it predates Fred Astaire by quite a bit (even though he is ancient). :)

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’ (1578). First attested in the United States in ‘Horse-Shoe Robinson’ (1835). 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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