the devil you know is better than the devil you don't (know)

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the devil you know is better than the devil you don't (know)

When forced to decide, it's better to choose a difficult or undesirable option that one is used to or familiar with rather than an unknown person or thing. A variant of the proverb "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know." A: "Why don't you just quit your job if you're so miserable?" B: "Well, I'm used to it at this point, and I worry that I'd feel the same way anywhere else. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't, I guess." Most people just vote for the candidate from their political party because it's what they've done for most of their lives. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know, after all.
See also: better, devil, know
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A familiar misfortune is preferable to a totally unexpected one. This adage first appeared in John Taverner’s Proverbs of Erasmus (1539), and Anthony Trollope referred to it as “an old proverb” in Barchester Towers (1857). It may be dying out.
See also: better, devil, know
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