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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1826
AUTHOR: Sir John Harington (1560?–1612)
QUOTATION: Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason?For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.
ATTRIBUTION: SIR JOHN HARINGTON, “Of Treason,” The Letters and Epigrams of Sir John Harington…, ed. Norman E. McClure, book 4, epigram 5, p. 255 (1977). The complete edition of his epigrams was published in 1618.