if you run after two hares you will catch neither

if you run after two hares you will catch neither
Cf. ERASMUS Adages III. ccxxxvii. duos insequens lepores, neutrum capit, he who chases two hares catches neither.

1509 A. BARCLAY Ship of Fools H5 A fole is he..Whiche with one haunde tendyth [intends] to take two harys in one instant.

1580 LYLY Euphues & his England II. 157 I am redie to take potions..yet one thing maketh to feare, that in running after two Hares, I catch neither.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 2782 If you run after two Hares, you will catch neither.

1880 C. H. SPURGEON John Ploughman’s Pictures 24 If we please one we are sure to get another grumbling. We shall be like the man who hunted many hares at once and caught none.

1981 P. O’DONNELL Xanadu Talisman v. Let’s take things a step at a time. You know what they say. If you run after two hares you will catch neither.

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