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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:86
AUTHOR:John Heywood (1497?–1580?)
QUOTATION:While betweene two stooles my taile goe to the ground. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
 
Note 1.
Entre deux arcouns chet cul à terre (Between two stools one sits on the ground).—Les Proverbes del Vilain, MS. Bodleian. Circa 1303.

S’asseoir entre deux selles le cul à terre (One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools).—Francis Rabelais: book i. chap. ii. [back]
 

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