you cannot lose what you never had

you cannot lose what you never had
The sentiment is expressed in a number of ways: quot. 1974 represents a local equivalent. Similar to what you’ve never had you never miss.

a 1593 MARLOWE Hero & Leander I. 276 Of that which hath no being do not boast, Things that are not at all are never lost.

1676 I. WALTON Compleat Anger (ed. 5) I. V. ‘He has broke all; there’s half a line and a good hook lost.’ ‘I [Aye] and a good Trout too.’ ‘Nay, the Trout is not lost, for..no man can lose what he never had.’

1788 WESLEY Works (1872) VII. 41 He only seemeth to have this... No man can lose what he never had.

1935 Oxford Dict. English Proverbs 601 You cannot lose what you never had.

1974 ‘J. HERRIOT’ Vet in Harness viii. ‘Only them as has them can lose them,’ she said firmly, her head tilted as always. I had heard that said many times and they were brave Yorkshire words.


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