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Proverbs containing the word Worth

The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it

It is only when we have been deprived of something that we appreciate the true value of it. One illustration of this is, of course, the other... Read more →

What is worth doing is worth doing well

This is treated under If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit

Don't try to be too funny at other people's expense. Your jokes make pain them or give offence.

One volunteer is worth two pressed men

Here 'pressed' means 'compelled to serve in the armed forces.' The modern term is 'conscripted' or 'called up'. A volunteer joins of his own... Read more →

One pair of heels is often worth two pairs of hands

Usage associates heels with running. To take to one's heels is to make a hasty departure. This proverb, therefore, means that it is often better... Read more →

A little help is worth a deal of pity

This is similar to Actions speak louder than words. It is better to help persons who are in trouble than to say how sorry you are for them. For... Read more →

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

If a hunter has shot one bird, he should be satisfied with that and not go off looking for the ones that flew away. We use the proverb to mean... Read more →

If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well

If what you propose to do deserves your attention, and is not so trivial that time should not be wasted on it, do it to the best of your... Read more →