It does not kill ambition but rather promotes contentment of one's own destiny.
The proverb is similar to the Italian proverb “Stretch your arm
no farther than your sleeve will reach.” The proverb advises people
to stay logic about their capabilities and not to dream of things
they could not achieve.
|| Why can't you buy this Mercedes car?
|| Stretch your legs according
to the size of your quilt
[I can't afford buying it]
|| Hey man … can you lend me 100 dollars … I need to buy some book.
||Jeez man, 100 dollars … Stretch
your legs according to the size of your quilt
Don't go beyond what you can afford