Proverbs with the word Best

A good example is the best sermon

The proverb means that the best way to teach something is to demonstrate it with your own actions because example is better than precept. To... Read more →

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 →

Hunger is the best sauce

Nothing gives us an appetite like hunger. We do not need sauce or other relish to add flovour to even the plainest of food when we are really... Read more →

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst

We should all be optimistic, but ready at the same time to meet trouble and difficulties whenever they arise. The proverb can be found back in... Read more →

Honesty is the best policy

Here 'policy' means 'course of action'. If we have to decide on a course of action, honesty is the best one to follow. It is not a question of... Read more →

He laughs best who laughs last

You may not come off best in the end, so don’t laugh too soon. The following little incident is borrowed from Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K.... Read more →

The best of friends must part

This is on the same theme as All good things come to an end. The words can be found in the chorus of There is a Tavern in the Town: Fare thee... Read more →

The best is often the enemy of the good

This suggests that in striving to reach perfection we often spoil what would have been good enough. It is thus opposite in advice to If a thing... Read more →

The best fish swim near the bottom

The best fish swim near the bottom and they are therefore the most difficult to catch. Nothing is really worth having if it can be got without... Read more →

Adam’s ale is the best brew

This tells us that water is the best drink. It is advice against drinking alcohol. 'Adam's ale' is an old term for water.