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Opportunity makes a thief proverbial saying, early 13th century, often used to imply that the carelessness of the person who is robbed has contributed to the crime.

opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door proverbial saying, mid 16th century, meaning that a chance once missed will not occur again (in early versions of the proverb, fortune occurs instead of opportunity). A similar idea is found in early 15th-century French, ‘there is no opportunity which comes back again.’

See also England's danger is Ireland's opportunity, man's extremity is God's opportunity, window of opportunity.


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