|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Tobias Hobson (died 1630) was the first man in England that let out hackney horses. When a man came for a horse he was led into the stable, where there was a great choice, but he obliged him to take the horse which stood next to the stable-door; so that every customer was alike well served according to his chance,from whence it became a proverb when what ought to be your election was forced upon you, to say, Hobsons choice.Spectator, No. 509.|
- Where to elect there is but one,
T is Hobsons choice,take that or none.