„Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.“

—  Ian Fleming, livro Goldfinger

Variante: Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action'.
Fonte: Auric Goldfinger, Ch. 14 : Things That Go Thump In The Night

Última atualização 3 de Julho de 2020. História
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