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It is commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but there appears to be no hard evidence that he actually said it. It has also been attributed to P. T. Barnum (of the world famous Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus), poet John Lydgate and Mark Twain.

There is also a variant (sometimes claimed to be the original form):

"You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."

However, Alexander McClure attributes the quote to Lincoln in his 1901 book Lincoln's Own Yarns and Stories. McClure (1828-1909) was a personal friend of Lincoln and was appointed Asst Adjutant General by Lincoln. He also worked on Lincoln's 1860 election. I could find no credible source attributing the quote to Barnum.

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Q: Who said 'You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time'?
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