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You cannot forge a hammer from featherpod fluff, nor spin spidersilk from precious copper.
      - (Darkovan) [Proverbs]

You cannot get a quart into a pint pot.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot get blood from a stone.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot get blood out of a stone.
      - (Latin) [Proverbs]

You cannot get oil out of a wall.
      - (French) [Proverbs]

You cannot have all you wish for.
      - (Latin) [Proverbs]

You cannot have peace longer than your neighbour chooses.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot have your cake and eat it.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot hook trout? Try digging clams.
      - (Chinese) [Fishing : Proverbs]

You cannot lose what you never had.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot make a good archbishop out of a rogue.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot make a good hunting-horn of a pig's tail.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot make a hawk of a buzzard.
      - (French) [Proverbs]

You cannot make a sieve of an ass's tail.
      - (German) [Proverbs]

You cannot make a silk purse of a sow's ear.
      - [Impossibility : Proverbs]

You cannot make an ass drink if he is not thirsty.
      - (French) [Proverbs]

You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.
      - (French) [Proverbs]

You cannot make bricks without straw.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot make people honest by Act of Parliament.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
      - (Chinese) [Proverbs]

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot pull a fish out of the pond without work.
      - (Russian) [Proverbs]

You cannot pull hard with a broken rope.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears.
      - (Greek) [Proverbs]

You cannot ride two horses with one ass.
      - (Russian) [Proverbs]

You cannot roast corn with two eyes.
      - (Nigerian) [Proverbs]

You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot sail as you would, but as the wind blows.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot see the city for the houses.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot see the wood for the trees.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot serve God and mammon.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot shear the sheep closer than the skin.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot shift an old tree without it dying.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot swallow hot milk, nor can you throw it away.
      - (Goan) [Proverbs]

You cannot take a cow from a man who has none.
      - (Danish) [Proverbs]

You cannot take a shirt from a naked man.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot take hawks without climbing some cliffs.
      - (Darkovan) [Proverbs]

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot tickle a hungry person.
      - (Massai) [Proverbs]

You cannot unscramble eggs.
      - (North American) [Proverbs]

You cannot weld cake-dough to cast iron, nor a girl to an old man.
      - [Proverbs]

You cannot write in the chimney with charcoal.
      - (Russian) [Proverbs]

You come with a cat and call it a rabbit.
      - (Cameroonian) [Proverbs]

You compare the bee to the grasshopper!
      - (Latin) [Proverbs]

You compare the moorhen to the I swan.
      - (Latin) [Proverbs]

You compare the tortoise to the hare.
      - [Proverbs]

You count the sand.
      - (Latin) [Proverbs]

You do not need a whip to urge on an obedient horse.
      - (Russian) [Proverbs]

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
      - [Proverbs]

You don't get something for nothing.
      - [Proverbs]


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