the gods send nuts to those who have no teeth

the gods send nuts to those who have no teeth

Said of any benefit, bounty, opportunity, pleasure, etc., that one receives but does not need or cannot enjoy. Of course, as fate would have it, I began receiving a number of enticing job offers after I had already committed to the company. The gods send nuts to those without teeth. When we are young and full of life we must spend our time slaving away to make ends meet. But the gods send nuts to those with no teeth, and it's only when youth has passed us by that we find ourselves with time on our hands to spare.
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The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.

Prov. People often get good fortune that is no use to them. Soon after Melissa lost her hearing, she won season tickets to the symphony. The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.
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