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Penny wise is often pound foolish.

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Source Notes: Thanks to Adrian for this note: The earliest date credited for this quote is in English, not French, in 1607 to “The Historie of Foure-footed Beastes” where Edward Topsell wrote: ‘If by covetousnesse or negligence, one withdraw from them their ordinary foode, he shall be penny wise, and pound foolish.” Also note that ‘Penny’ and ‘pound’ are English currency denominations. The French equivalent would be a ‘sou’ and a ‘Frank’. Thus based on earliest DATE its English, and on currency nomenclature alone, it can ONLY be English. See

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