Posted by R. Berg on October 27, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Idioms for competing demands posted by R. Berg on October 26, 2002
: : : : Are there any popular
idioms in English meaning that one cannot always possess and take care of two
precious things (say, family and enterprise,romance and reality) together?
: : : : Thanks a lot!
: : : These may not be exactly what you require, but they're close.
: : : You can't have your cake and eat it.
: : : or
: : : A dog cannot have two masters.
: : I thought that was "A man cannot serve two masters"?
: An idiom used when too many projects or concerns are taking up someone's time and attention is "spreading oneself thin."
And then there's "You can't have it all."