Latin Proverb # 11 – Simul flare sorbereque haud factu facilest

Latin Proverb: Simul flare sorbereque haud factu facilest – Plautus, Mos. 791

English equivalent: A man cannot whistle and drink at the same time; or the, in our days, more uncommon: No man can sup and blow together.

Translation: To blow and sup at the same time is by no means easy.

Meaning: You cannot do two contradicting things at the same time. It is, for those of us who have tried, rather impossible to blow and sup/drink at the same time. Another English version of the proverb reads: A man cannot have his mouth full of flour and also blow the fire.

 

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