Posted by ESC on April 15, 2002
In Reply to: Have the cake... posted by Barney on April 15, 2002
: : Is there anything else equivalent to saying 'you wanna have the cake and eat it too'?
: : Tx!!
: Try "You can't have your cake and eat it"
From the archives (search under "cake"):
"You can't have your cake and eat it too -- One can't use something up and still have it to enjoy. This proverb was recorded in the book of proverbs by John Heywood in 1546, and is first attested in the United States in the 1742 'Colonial Records of Georgia' in 'Original Papers, 1735-1752.' The adage is found in varying forms: You can't eat your cake and have it too. You can't have everything and eat it too; Eat your cake and have the crumbs in bed with you, etc. ..." From the "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman.