don’t cross the bridge till you come to it

Do not concern yourself with difficulties until they arise. Now also common as the metaphorical phrase to cross one’s bridges when one comes to them.

1850 LONGFELLOW Journal 29 Apr. in Life (1886) II. 165 Remember the proverb, ‘Do not cross the bridge till you come to it.’

1895 S. O. ADDY Household Tales xiv. One who anticipates difficulty is told not to cross the bridge till he gets to it.

1927 ‘J. TAINE’ Quayle’s Invention XV. Why cross our bridges before we come to them?

1967 T. STOPPARD Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead II. 43 We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn our bridges behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.


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