one swallow does not a summer make
- one swallow does not a spring make
- one swallow does not make a spring
- one swallow does not make a summer
- one swallow doesn't a spring make
- one swallow doesn't a summer make
- one swallow doesn't make a spring
- one swallow doesn't make a summer
Calque of Ancient Greek μία χελιδὼν ἔαρ οὐ ποιεῖ (mía khelidṑn éar ou poieî), a remark found in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (1098a18: “one swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy”), itself inspired by the fable The Young Man and the Swallow by Aesop.
- One instance of an event (such as the arrival of a single bird) does not necessarily indicate a trend.
- 1921 April 4, “Smile a While”, in The Day, retrieved 29 November 2011, page 6:
- One swallow does not a summer make, nor one onion a spring garden.
- 1969 September 19, Bob Johnson, “Sports: September Madness”, in Spokane Daily Chronicle, page 15:
- One swallow does not a summer make and one football game doesn't make a season.
- 2001 June 24, Susan Tifft, “The Philippines: Now the Hard Part”, in Time:
- Added one Western diplomat: "Aquino's success undoubtedly weakens the Communists' appeal to the so-called mass base. But one swallow does not a summer make."