Proverb Question

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 14 12:30:50 UTC 2005

On Sun, 13 Nov 2005, Baker, John wrote:

>         I'm not sure what distinction you are making here.  "[A] chain .
> . . is never stronger than its weakest link" doesn't work for you?  Is
> the problem the words interjected between "chain" and "is," or the use
> of "never" rather than "no"?

For reasons not worth elaborating upon, it would be best for me to find
the proverb in the exact wording I specified.  Probably this is not
possible; thanks for your efforts nonetheless.

Fred Shapiro

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