You cannot get blood from a stone

you can't get blood from a stone

It is impossible to obtain something from someone if they are too parsimonious, uncharitable, or resolved against it. I've tried everything to get my toddler to eat vegetables, but you can't get blood from a stone. I give up. Good luck trying to get Dad to give you the money. You can't get blood from a stone. If you think I'll give you the information you're looking for, you're sorely mistaken! You can't get blood from a stone!
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You cannot get blood from a stone.

 and You cannot get blood from a turnip.
Prov. You cannot get help from an uncharitable person or money from someone who has none. Jerry and James spent two hours trying to convince the old miser to contribute to the children's hospital; finally, James turned to Jerry and said in disgust, "This is hopeless. We can't get blood from a stone." The government can't increase taxes any furthernobody has the money! You can't get blood from a turnip.
See also: blood, cannot, get, stone
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