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Lookin for a certain phrase

Posted by Lewis on November 14, 2003

In Reply to: Lookin for a certain phrase posted by R. Berg on November 14, 2003

: : Does this phrase go like this?
: : "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me"

: Yes, that's how that phrase goes. It goes better if you add a comma after "once" and a comma after "twice."

There was an adage from an Ian Flemming book - "once is happenstance, twice coincidence, three times enemy action" - not quite the same thing, but it fits in that repetitions section.