Proverbs starting with letter O

One foot is better than two crutches

We should be thankful for what we have, even though it is less than than we would like. The proverb means the same as Half a loaf is better than... Read more →

One cannot put back the clock

This is a reminder to the reactionary who dreams of the 'good old days'  and would like to see them again. He should realize that TIMES CHANGE.

One cannot be in two places at once

When you are asked why something is not done and you were doing something else, you would say this proverb. It is often use as an excuse for not... Read more →

One beats the bush, and another catches the birds

One man does all the hard work, and another reaps the benefits. The reference is to the beater, whose job is to strike the bushes and rouse the... Read more →

Once bitten, twice shy

If we have had an unpleasant experience, we are very anxious to avoid a repetition. 'Mr Saunders,' said the schoolmistress, 'we are talking... Read more →

An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper

A poacher illegally kills and steals animals on someone else's land, and a gamekeeper's job is to stop this from happening. He knows all the... Read more →

Of two evils choose the lesser

Choose the less bad thing of a pair of bad things. 'When compelled to chose one of two evils,' wrote Socrates, 'no one will chose the greater... Read more →