” Fool me once , shame on you . Fool me twice shame on me .” What comes after ” Fool me three times , shame on…?” Basically, the aphorism is saying that if one allows oneself to be victimized repeatedly by the same bad actor. then one ceases to be completely blameless in his own victimization.
After being tricked once , one should learn from one’s mistakes and avoid being tricked in the same way again.
The phrase “ fool me once ” means that you fell for the same deceit twice, but should have seen it coming the second time. The phrase “ fool me once , shame on you” means that if you fall for someone’s lies the first time then they should be ashamed of their deceit and they are the fool .
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The Origin Of ‘ Fool Me Once , Shame On You’ The earliest recording of this proverb in print is from a book called The Court and Character of King James by Anthony Weldon, 1651, where it reads: “The Italians having a Proverb, ‘He that deceives me once , its his fault; but if twice , its my fault. ‘”
Fool me twice , shame on me . Fool me three times, shame on both of us.”
Once is a mistake . Twice is a decision. Any more than that has no chance of being forgiven. Forgiveness, Mistakes , Life quotes .
noun. a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense. a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool . a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
” shame on you” : you should feel bad or humiliated (for doing something wrong) ” shame on me ” : I should feel bad or humiliated either because I did something wrong OR because I allowed you or someone else to do something wrong OR because I allowed you or someone else to fool me .