Better be ill spoken of by one before all, than by all before one.
Better be in debt than in shame.
Better be John Tomson's man than Ringan Dinn's or John Knox's.
Better be killed by robbers than by the kick of an ass.
Better be kind at home than burn incense in a far place.
Better be kind than cumbersome. Scotland
Better be lucky born than a rich man's son.
Better be mad with all the world than wise alone.
Better be mad with the crowd than wise by yourself.
Better be merry and spend a, than sad and hain naething. Scotland
Better be merry wi' something than sad wi' naething. Scotland
Better be one-eyed than quite blind.
Better be out of the world than out of the fashion. Swift, Polite Conversation, Dial. 2
Better be out of this world than out of the fashion.
Better be poor and live than rich and perish.
Better be poor on land than rich an water. Diogenionus, Adagia, 4, 83
Better be poor than wicked.
Better be proficient in one art than a smatterer in a thousand.
Better be quarreling than lonesome.
Better be quarrelling than lonesome.
Better be safe than sorry.
Better be silent than speak ill.
Better be sonsy than soon up. Scotland
Better be sparing at first than at last.
Better be sure than sorry.
Better be than seem.
Better be the head o' the commons than the tail o' the gentry. Scotland
Better be the head of a cat than the tail of a lion.
Better be the head of a chicken than the tail of an ox.
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. Mieux vaut Ítre tÍte de chien (var souris) que queue de lion.
Better be the head of a lizard than the tail of a dragon.
Better be the head of a pike than the tail of a sturgeon.
Better be the head of a rat than the tail of a lion.
Better be the head of an ass than the tail of a horse.
Better be the head of an ass than the tail of a lion.
Better be the head of the yeomanry, than the tail of the gentry.
Better be the lucky man than the lucky man's son. Scotland
Better be too credulous than too skeptical.
Better be unmannerly than troublesome.
Better be up to the ankles than over hand and ears.
Better be up to the ankles than over head and ears.
Better be well loved, nor ill won geir.
Better be with the dead, Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, Than on the torture of the mind to lie In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave; After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well; Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison, Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing, Can touch him further! Macbeth, Act iii. Sc. 2, SHAKESPEARE.
Better be without food than without honor. Italian
Better be wrong with the many than right with the few.