‘Love is joy with the accompanying idea of an external cause.’ –Spinoza


‘The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.’ –John Lyly, Euphues, 1578.

All’s fair in love and war, we hear at a tender age. Though this is tempered by schoolboy concepts of fair play and never hit a man when he’s down. Fair play is reasonable if you don’t mean to win at any cost and the other guy doesn’t mean to kill you, but all that goes by the board in any genuine confrontation.

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