if the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain

Quot. 1625 gives the anecdote behind this saying.

1625 BACON Essays ‘Of Boldness’ xii. Mahomet cald the Hill to come to him..And when the Hill stood still, he was neuer a whit abashed, but said; If the Hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet wil go to the hil.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 2707 If the Mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the Mountain.

1975 D. BAGLEY Snow Tiger xvii. You couldn’t go to see him, so the mountain had to go to Mahomet. It was..important to him.

2001 Washington Times 27 Jan. F23 (Herb & Jamaal comic strip) ‘I’ve waited too long for Jamaal to ask me out. It’s time for me to take action! As they say, “If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will go to the mountain”.’

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