fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me

Earlier, and still current, with the verb deceive.

1611 Tarlton’s Jests (1844) 11 For Who deceives me once, God forgive him; if twice, God forgive him; but if thrice, God forgive him, but not me, because I could not beware.

1650 A. WELLDON Secret History of King James I (1690) 88 The Italians having a Proverb, He that deceives me Once, it’s his Fault; but Twice it is my fault.

1659 N. R. Proverbs English, French, Dutch, Italian & Spanish 54 He that deceives me once, it is his faul[t]; if twice, it is mine.

1980 Forbes 17 Mar. 69 The important thing in dealing with the Japanese is not to believe everything you hear. Or, as the saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

2001 Washington Times 3 Oct. A17 You know the old saying, ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.’ How does that apply in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 act of war against our country?

2002 P. LOVESEY Diamond Dust xxx. 297 ‘Did you give him any?’ ‘No. I wouldn’t be so daft. You know that old saying? He that deceives me once, shame fall him; if he deceives me twice, shame fall me.’


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