one swallow does not a summer make

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An allusion to the return of migrating swallows at the start of the summer season. From a remark by Aristotle (384 BCE - 322 BCE): "One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy."

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one swallow does not a summer make

  1. One instance of an event (such as the arrival of a single bird) does not necessarily indicate a trend.
    • 1886, Louisa May Alcott, Jo's Boys, ch. 9:
      [T]hough one swallow does not make a summer, one engagement is apt to make several, and her boys were, most of them, at the inflammable age when a spark ignites the flame.
    • 1921 April 4, "Smile a While," The Day (USA), p. 6 (retrieved 29 Nov 2011):
      One swallow does not a summer make, nor one onion a spring garden.
    • 1969 Sept. 19, Bob Johnson, "Sports: September Madness, Spokane Daily Chronicle (USA), p. 15:
      One swallow does not a summer make and one football game doesn't make a season.
    • 2001 June 24, Susan Tifft, "The Philippines: Now the Hard Part," Time:
      Added one Western diplomat: "Aquino's success undoubtedly weakens the Communists' appeal to the so-called mass base. But one swallow does not a summer make."

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