Curiosity killed the Cat, but Satisfaction brought it back.
“Curiosity killed the cat” is a metaphor used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation.
A less frequently seen rejoinder to “curiosity killed the cat” is “but, satisfaction brought it back”.
The earliest printed reference to the original metaphor is attributed to the British playwright Ben Jonson in his 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour, which was performed first by William Shakespeare.
Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman.
Shakespeare used a similar quote in his circa 1599 play, Much Ado About Nothing:
“ What, courage man! what though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care. ”
The metaphor remained the same until at least 1898. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer included this definition in his Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:
“ Care killed the Cat.
It is said that “a cat has nine lives,” yet care would wear them all out.
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