When it comes to Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May seems to have taken this schoolteacher's maxim to an extreme. She plans to bring her deal back for another meaningful vote by 20 March, before the EU Council meeting. And she just might.
In a recent turn of events, a day after Prime Minister of Britain Theresa Mays Brexit bill was turned down with 149 votes defeat, Members of the Parliament are back to the House of Commons to decide on whether to avert the UKs exodus from the European Union by 29 March deadline without any pact in place.
But they also want to know how long the extension would be - and what it would be used for - before they meet in Brussels next week.
"I hope that MPs (lawmakers) of all parties will be over this weekend reflecting on the way forward", Lidington said, adding the legal default was that the United Kingdom would leave on March 29, unless something else is agreed.
Brussels has been adamant that the backstop remains in place to ensure the continued economic integrity of the remaining 27 European Union members.
In a last ditch attempt to save her deal, May is scrambling to win over the DUP and dozens of rebels in her own party.
Her authority hit an all-time low this week after a series of parliamentary defeats and rebellions. "The Government will oppose all amendments selected".
British MPs have voted to ask the European Union to delay Brexit, with just two weeks to go until the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the bloc.
The votes were the last in a series of vital parliamentary decisions on Brexit over several days, mean that Britain's departure from the European Union should not now take place before June 30 and gave May a window to resuscitate her plan. It doesn't want May's deal, which is the only withdrawal deal on offer.
British lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on Brexit - at least for now. That left Britain facing a disruptive "no-deal" exit from the bloc on March 29, when a two-year countdown to the country's departure runs out.
According to May's address during her weekly Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, she believes that she may not have her own voice but she understands the voice of the nation.
An often chaotic set of votes in parliament this week has shown that none of the alternatives - such as leaving with no deal, a referendum or allowing parliament to decide how to leave - can muster a majority among lawmakers yet. The odds are against it, however, and a third failure would be the end of May's deal.
If it is defeated again, May says Britain will have to seek a long extension, with the risk that opponents of Brexit will use that time to soften the terms of departure or even overturn Britain's decision to leave.
An extension will, of course, prolong the Brexit debate that has paralyzed British politics and much of its interactions with the world for three years.
Many Brexiteers fear the backstop, aimed at avoiding controls on the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland, will trap the United Kingdom in the EU's orbit indefinitely. Few opposition lawmakers backed the measure and even campaigners for a "People's Vote" said the time was not yet right for parliament to vote on it.