if you have to live in the river, it is best to be friends with the crocodile

Indian proverb.

1882 W. L. WILKINSON ‘Shells from Strange Shores’ in WRAY (ed.) Golden Hours CLIX. 180/2 (Mar.) To be on bad terms with those under whose authority we are placed is ‘To live in the river and be at enmity with the crocodile.’

1990 H. SABAHI British Policy in Persia 1918–1925 242 He repeatedly impressed upon the senior khans that they had little choice but to cooperate with Reza Khan. To hammer home his message, he quoted them an Indian proverb: ‘If you have to live in the river, it is best to be friends with the crocodile.’

2002 J. VAN DER LINDEN in M. Pacione (ed.) City 608 However bad the patrons’ image, the clients often have no other option than to consider their patrons an unavoidable evil..: ‘If you live in the river, it is better to stay friends with the crocodile.’


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