cheats never prosper

Also cheaters, esp. in US. Cf. a 1612 J. HARINGTON Epigrams (1618) IV. 5 Treason doth neuer prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.

1805 R. PARKINSON Tour in America II. xxix. It is a common saying in England, that ‘Cheating never thrives’: but, in America, with honest trading you cannot succeed.

1903 V. S. LEAN Collectanea II. 38 ‘Cheating never prospers.’ A proverb frequently thrown at each other by young people when playing cards.

1935 R. CROMPTON William—the Detective vi. They avenged themselves upon the newcomer..by shouting the time-honoured taunt ‘Cheats never prosper.’

1971 R. L. FISH Green Hell Treasure ii. ‘So you figured..that someone in the classroom had been helping him with his homework, and that was cheating. Which you frown on.’ ‘With reason,’ Da Silva said virtuously. ‘Cheaters never prosper.’

2001 Washington Times 30 Aug. B8 Cheaters never prosper. They only receive the keys to the city from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.


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