What is the meaning of this phrase:  "There is no education in the second kick of a mule?"Any examples you can use to explain your answer would be greatly appreciated.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The meaning of this phrase is sort of similar to the idea of "fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."  It means that the first time that something happens to you, you should learn from it.  If it happens a second time, it's your own fault.

We see this phrase used a lot in politics.  I have heard Republicans say that they will not vote for President Obama's most recent jobs bill because (they say) we have already tried those things and they do not work.  If we do it again, it is our own fault.  In connection with this, they use your saying about the second kick of the mule.

In your personal life, it could apply to many things.  Like maybe it would apply to not studying before a test or to going out with a guy hoping to change him.  It's basically applicable to any situation in which a person might be in danger of making a mistake for a second time.

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drannweaver1 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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There is no education in the second kick of a mule means that if you didn't get the point from the first incident; you are clueless. Some learning experiences are not to be repeated. It shouldn't take you wallowing in mud to realize that you have erred. It simply means that wisdom is too high for a fool or that some people will never learn no matter what.

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