it is a wise child that knows his own father
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- From act 2, scene 2 of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
- From The Odyssey, translated by Samuel Butler.
- One can never be sure of one's paternity.
- 1900, 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."
One can never be sure of paternity