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Re: Fool me once

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 18, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Fool me once posted by ESC on October 17, 2005

: : Does anyone know the origins of "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
: : thanx

: Here's all I know:

: FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU; FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME - "Anyone who falls for the same deceit twice must accept responsibility for his own gullibility; thus, one should be more watchful the next time around. Originally a child's saying." From the "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

A child's saying? Clever child. SS