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Proverbs containing the word Better

Better to be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion

It is better to be in a leading position of a small group than one of the numeral followers of a bigger one, in which case one's skills and... Read more →

Better to be a live dog than a dead lion

The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Thus, it is better to be a live coward... Read more →

Better safe than sorry

It is preferable to be cautious in your choices and actions than to suffer afterwards. The proverb teaches prudence and planning, and should not... Read more →

The worse luck now, the better another time

Just as we are not always lucky, so we are not always unlucky. The colloquial phrase is: 'Better luck next time.'

Two heads are better than one

It is an advantage to confer with somebody else before reaching an important decision. 'I've got a problem on my mind, Harry. Give me the... Read more →

Prevention is better than cure

It is better to take precautions against a thing happening than to have to repair the damage after it has occurred. For example, if a bicycle... Read more →

Praise makes good men better and bed men worse

Praise is encouragement, so to praise a good man is to encourage him in rectitude, and to praise a bad man is to encourage him in wickedness.

One must draw back in order to leap better

This teaches prudence. It is a quotation from an essay by Montaigne ('Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter') and has much the same meaning as Look... Read more →

It is better to wear out than to rust out

It is better to die as the result of being worn out with activity than as the result of doing nothing. The proverb is often quoted by elderly... Read more →

It is better to give than to take

The source of this is Acts, xx, 35: 'I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring we ought to support the weak, and to remember to words... Read more →