add a cubit to one's stature

add a cubit to one's stature
прибавлять себе весу [этим. библ. Matthew VI, 27]

We plan and plan, but who by taking thought can add a cubit to his stature? Who can overcome or even assist the Providence that shapes our ends..? (Th. Dreiser, ‘The Titan’, ch. XXIII) — Мы строим и строим планы, но, сколько ни думай, разве можно прибавить хоть полдюйма к своему росту? Кто в состоянии противоборствовать или, наоборот, содействовать провидению, которое выковывает наши судьбы..?

Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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