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Source Notes: Source: JOHN HEYWOOD, The Proverbs of John Heywood, part 2, chapter 9, p. 162 .The idea that if you spend a thing you cannot have it goes back much further than Heywoods original 1546 work. Plautus wrote c. 194 B.C. in Trinummus , Non tibi illud apparere si sumas potest , translated as You cannot eat your cake and have it too by one Englishman.Comedies of Plautus, trans. Bonnell Thornton, 2d ed., rev., vol. 2, p. 29 .
John Heywood (1497-1580) was an English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs. He was born in or near London, but fled to Europe to avoid religious persecution for his Catholic faith and is believed to have died in Mechelen, Belgium. His son was the poet and translator Jasper Heywood.
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