devil you know is better than the devil you don't know, the

devil you know is better than the devil you don't know, the

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