a cat in gloves catches no mice

a cat in gloves catches no mice

proverb One might have to incorporate blunt or aggressive action in order to obtain results that cannot be achieved with passivity or restraint. I think you'll get that promotion if you pursue it more assertively. A cat in gloves catches no mice, after all. A: "If you ask me, Phil's too timid to make it in this industry." B: "I know, I try to remind him that a cat in gloves catches no mice, but that doesn't seem to have any impact." You have to go for what you want in life. Remember: a cat in gloves catches no mice!
See also: cat, catch, glove, mice, no
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cat in gloves catches no mice

Prov. Sometimes you cannot get what you want by being careful and polite. Jill: I've hinted to Mary several times that I need her to pay me the money she owes, but she just ignores me. Jane: A cat in gloves catches no mice, Jill. Tell her bluntly that you need the money.
See also: cat, catch, glove, mice, no
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