don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Don’t chance everything on a single venture, but spread your risk. To put all one’s eggs in one basket is commonly used as a metaphorical phrase.

1662 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbial Phrases 125 To put all ones Eggs in a Paniard, viz. to hazard all in one bottom [ship].

1710 S. PALMER Proverbs 344 Don’t venture all your Eggs in One Basket.

1894 ‘M. TWAIN’ Pudd’nhead Wilson in Century Mag. XLVII. VI. 817 Behold, the fool saith, ‘Put not all thine eggs in the one basket’—which is but a manner of saying, ‘Scatter your money and your attention’; but the wise man saith, ‘Put all your eggs in the one basket and—watch that basket.’

1967 RIDOUT & WITTING English Proverbs Explained 46 Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

2002 Washington Post 23 May E3 What part of ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ isn’t clear? Putting all or most of your money into one stock is gambling, not investing.


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