Posted by JillB on October 27, 2002
In Reply to: Another idiom posted by R. Berg on October 27, 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."
Romantically, you can 'fall between two stools'- ie by trying to keep both you get neither.