beggars can’t b…


beggars can’t be choosers
We must accept with gratitude and without com-plaint what we are given when we do not have the means or opportunity to provide ourselves with something better: “. . . it’s a shame we got to entertain you in such a cramped place. And there ain’t any waterexcept that ole iron sink outside in the hall, but . . . beggars can’t be choosers” (SinclairLewis,
Main Street,1920). First recorded in1546, the proverb formerly had must not or should notin place of can’t.Proverbs expressing similar mean-ing:
never look a gift horse in themouth; when all fruit fails, welcomehaws

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