beggars can't be choosers
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- When in need of help, one cannot dictate how that help is given. Put another way: when one's situation requires one to beg, one cannot complain about the insufficient or substandard gifts that one receives.
when resources are limited, one must accept even substandard gifts
- Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 22.