Latin Proverb # 19 – Ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret!
Latin Proverb: Ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret! – Plinius Secundus, Nat. Hist. 35.85.5
English equivalent: A cobbler should stick to his last*, or, the today less common, Blind men must not judge of colour.
Translation: A shoemaker should not judge beyond the shoe.
Meaning: In short: Stick to what you’re good at. One should not advise others, or make criticisms or interfere in matters outside of one's area of expertise.
Curiosities: According to Pliny, the Greek painter Apelles of Kos hid behind one of his paintings while showcasing them on the street. When a shoemaker, after having critiqued the shoes on the one of the figures on the painting, started criticizing the artwork itself Apelles shouted this expression in anger after the shoemaker.
* The last is the wooden pattern/foot used to mold the shoe.
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