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Posted by Bob on January 12, 2003

In Reply to: proverb posted by James Briggs on January 12, 2003

: : What does " you cannot get blood from a stone means"

: That you can't force people to do things that they are incapable of doing - you can't MAKE most people run 100 metres in 10 seconds. To try to get blood out of a stone is equally fruitless.

It's a proverb most often used to describe the futility of collecting on a debt from someone who has no funds.