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Various expressions are used to convey similar idioms to the well known one in English "You can not have your cake and eat it too !". In Mandarin it is " 又要马儿跑，又要马儿不吃草" ( Yòu yào mǎr pǎo, yòu yào mǎr bu chī cǎo.) – To want a horse that both runs fast and consumes no feed.
Or another Chinese Idiom from Mencius "魚與熊掌不可兼得" ( Yú yǔ xióng zhǎng bùkě jiān de ) – You cannot have both the fish and the bear's paw (as a rare delicacy) at the same time.
This idiom of not being able to have two mutually exclusive things at the same time is found in many other languages. This link to a Wiki Page gives more examples in other languages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_can%27t_have_your_cake_and_eat_it
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