The proverb was first found in Alexander Barclay's Eclogues in c. 1514. The Eclogues were the English translation of Johnannes Baptista Spanolo Mantuanus (1448 - 1516), a Mantuan Latin poet and Carmelite monk.
A man cannot make a cheverill purse of a sow's eare~Randle Cotgrave, Dictionary: Pigeon (1611)
You will never make a satin purse of a Sowe's eare~James Howell, English Proverbs, p13. (1659)
First attested to in th U.S. in Modern Chivalry by Hugh Henry Breckenridge (1816).
* * * Everyone is in the best seat!~John Cage
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