all cats are grey in the dark

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Etymology[edit]

Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, explaining why to take an older woman to bed[1], but appears in John Heywood's book of proverbs (1546) as 'When all candles be out, all cats be gray.'

Proverb[edit]

all cats are grey in the dark

  1. In the dark, physical appearance is unimportant.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Schiff, Stacy. A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. New York: Henry Holt, 2005. ISBN 0805066330. Page 236.