Posted by E. on November 30, 1999

In Reply to: Rules were made to be broken posted by Katy on November 24, 1999

: My mother used to say this all the time, yet I've been able to find out where it comes from. Does anyone know? Thanks.
RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN - The existence of rules makes it likely that people will break them, sometimes for the better. The proverb has been traced back to 1953 and is found in 'Expedition to Earth' by Arthur C. Clarke. First cited in the United States in 1960. It is listed in the 1989 collection of 'Modern Proverbs and Proverbial Sayings' by Barlett Jere Whitling and in the 1992 A Dictionary of American Proverbs by Wolfgang Mieder et al." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman.