WISECRACKER - BAVARD - CHIACCHIERONE - CORREVEIDILE
Better have one bee than a host of flies.Better have one plough going than two cradles.Better have to give than have to beg.Better hazard once than be always in fear.Better held out nor put out.Better hold out nor [than] put out.Better ice that melts than fire that extinguishes.Better idle than ill employed.
ScotlandBetter in an old carriage than in a new ship.Better in the grave than be a slave.Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 17)Better is a leap over the ditch than the entreaties of good men.Better is a little content than much with contention.Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.Better is an ass that carries you than a horse that throws you.Better is an enemy to good.Better is an enemy to well.Better is better.Better is halfe a lofe than no bread.
John Heywood, (1497??1580?), Proverbes. Part i. Chap. xi.Better is my neighbour's hen than mine.Better is one 'Take this,' than two 'hwilTgive-you.'Better is one Accipe, then twice to say, Dabo tibi.
George Herbert, Jacula PrudentumBetter is one bird in the hand than ten in the bush.Better is one lady than four widows.Better is rule than rent.Better is the branch that bends, than the branch that breaks.Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.
Old Testament, Eclesiastes 7:8Better is the enemy of good.Better is the evil known than the good which is yet to know.Better is the smoke of my own house than the fire of another's.Better is the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame.Better is the wrong with sincerity, rather than the right with falsehood.
TupperBetter is to bow then breake.
John Heywood, (1497??1580?), Proverbes. Part i. Chap. ix.Better it be done, than wish had been done.Better it is to be envied than pitied.Better it is to flete than sinke,
Better is upon the bridal chewe,
Than if he fel and overthrew
The hors and sticked in the mire.Better it is to suffer, and fortune to abide,
than hastily to climb, and suddenly to slide.Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace.Better just repair the gutter than the whole house.Better keep now than seek anon.Better keep peace than make peace.Better keep the deil without the door, than drive him out o' the house.
ScotlandBetter keep the devil at the door than turn him out of the house.Better keep weel than mak week.
ScotlandBetter keep weel than make weel.Better keep well than make well.Better keep, than have to beg.Better kiss a knave than be troubled with him.Better kiss a knave than cast out wi' him.
ScotlandBetter known than trusted.