it is a wise child that knows his own father

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Etymology[edit]

From Act2, scene2 of "The Merchant of Venice", William Shakespeare.

From The Odyssey, translated by Samuel Butler

Proverb[edit]

it is a wise child that knows his own father

  1. One can never be sure of paternity.
    • 1900 November 17, Samuel Butler, The Odyssey:
      "My mother," answered Telemachus, "tells me I am son to Ulysses, but it is a wise child that knows his own father"

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