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    viet_ghat is offline Junior Member
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    Default Fools who came to scoff, remained to pray

    Fools who came to scoff, remained to pray.


    Please explain it.

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    Default Re: Fools who came to scoff, remained to pray

    I think it means: People who originally thought that something was silly changed their minds/opinion about that something and started supporting it.

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    Default Re: Fools who came to scoff, remained to pray

    I think rancher247 is probably right, but there's also a meaning of 'scoff' that refers to eating. A church might have had a coffee morning.

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    Lightbulb Re: Fools who came to scoff, remained to pray

    Just a "FYI" note: That quote is paraphrased in both the lyrics of the "Ammonia Avenue" song/album by The Alan Parsons Project (1984) and in the book "Alcoholics Anonymous" (1939).

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    Default Re: Fools who came to scoff, remained to pray

    Oops, oh ya, the original quote is from "The Deserted Village", a poem by Oliver Goldsmith (1770)...
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