let the cobbler stick to his last
- Attributed to the Greek painter Apelles (4th cent. BC): see quot. 1721. The ‘shoemaker’ variant is a long-standing one in British proverb lore, but is now mainly North American. A last is a wooden or metal model on which a shoemaker fashions shoes or boots. Cf. PLINY Natural History xxxv. 85 ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret, the cobbler should not judge beyond his shoe; ERASMUS Adages I. vi. 16 ne sutor ultra crepidam.
1539 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Adages 17 Let not the shoemaker go beyond hys shoe.
1616 J. WITHALS Dict. (rev. ed.) 567 Cobler keepe your last.
1639 J. CLARKE Parœmiologia Anglo-Latina 21 Cobler keepe to your last.
1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 242 Let not the Cobler go beyond his last... Taken from the famous Story of Apelles, who could not bear that the Cobler should correct any part of his Picture beyond the Slipper.
1868 W. CLIFT Tim Bunker Papers lix. I understood the use of a plow..better than the use of a pen..remembering the old saw ‘Let the cobbler stick to his last.’
1930 C. F. GREGG Murder on Bus xxx. Yet even then, Mapell had been mixed up with a gang of blackmailers. The shoemaker sticks to his last!
1984 A. MACLEAN San Andreas viii. Point taken, Mr. McKinnon. You see before you a rueful cobbler who will stick to his last from now on.
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