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Proverbs starting with letter B

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 →

A burden of one’s own choice is not felt

Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.

A beggar can never be bankrupt

To go bankrupt a person has to go deep into dept that they cannot repay. This is generally something that can happen to rich people when they... Read more →

A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit

With the time, the money and the effort that a case at court of law requires, it is better to make a compromise with the one you are involved in... Read more →

A bad beginning makes a bad ending

If you start a thing badly it takes a long time to finish it, because the bad start seriously affects the later work. But if you make a good... Read more →

Busiest men find the most time

People who do a lot are the people who have most energy. However busy they are, they can usually manage to do something more.

A burnt child dreads the fire

Once he has burnt himself he is very careful to see that it doesn’t happen again. Any such painful experience is not soon forgotten.

Burn not your house to fright the mouse away

Don’t take extreme measures to get rid of something quite trivial.