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Proverbs starting with letter B

A bully is always a coward

A bully finds his victims among those who are weaker and smaller than he is, because he hasn’t the courage to attack anyone his own size.

The bull must be taken by the horns

In moments of danger during a bullfight, a strong, expert matador will grabs the bull by the horns and so prevent it from tossing him. By... Read more →

Brevity is the soul of wit

This was already a proverb in Shakespeare s time. In his Hamlet we find the first record of it in literature. Old Polonius is giving King... Read more →

Bread is the staff of life

Here 'bread' refers to food in general, as in the Lord's Prayer ('Give us this day our daily bread') and 'staff' is something that serves as a... Read more →

Boys will be boys

'Boys are boys', said the Latin proverb, 'and employ themselves with boyish matters.' These matters are normally noisy, destructive,and... Read more →

Books and friends should be few but good

People who have too many books often find they haven’t any time to read them. In the same way people with too many friends cannot find enough... Read more →

Blood is thicker than water

Unlike blood, water soon evaporates when it is spilt, and leaves no trace afterwards. Figuratively 'blood' means 'relationship'. When we say... Read more →

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed

Don’t be too optimistic about the future. Remember that There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip Alexander Pope, who wrote this on... Read more →

The biter sometimes bit

'Biter' is a slang word for a cheat or swindler, e.g. a card-shaper. When he himself is cheated by his prospective victim, 'the biter is bit'.... Read more →

Birds of a feather flock together

Here 'of a feather' means 'of the same kind or family', and the verb 'to flock' means t'o feed or travel in company'. We do not find rooks... Read more →