WISECRACKER - BAVARD - CHIACCHIERONE - CORREVEIDILE
Better no ring, nor the ring of a rash.Better no spoon than no soup.Better not fight with the condemned.Better not remove at all than do so and then regret it.Better not to live than to become dependent on children
Yiddish] Besser oyf der velt nit tsu lebn, eyder onkumen tsu kinder.Better old wine than old strength.
Yiddish] Besser alter vein aider alter koiches.Better on the heath with an old cart that at sea in a new ship.Better once in heaven than ten times at the gate.Better once than never, for never too late.Better once than never.Better once to see than many times to hear.Better one 'Take this,' than two 'I will give you.'Better one bird in the hand than ten in the sky.Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.
John Heywood, (1497??1580?), Proverbes. Part i. Chap. xi.Better one cap then ten coifs.Better one cow in peace than seven in trouble.Better one cow in the stable than ten in the field.
Yiddish] Besser ain ku in shtal aider tsen in feld.Better one day a man than ten days a woman.Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.Better one eye-witness than ten hearsay witnesses.Better one friend with a dish of food than a hundred with a sigh.
Yiddish] Besser ain freint mit gekechts aider hundert mit a krechts.Better one good thing that is than two good things that were.Better one good thing that is, rather than two good things that were, or three good things that might never come to pass.Better one hazel grouse in the bag, than ten on the branch.Better one house filled than two spilled.Better one house spoiled than two.Better one living word than a hundred dead ones.Better one poor horse than an empty stall.Better one small fish than un empty dish.Better one thorn pluck'd out than all remain.
HoraceBetter one timely squawk than constant talk.Better one true friend than a hundred relatives.Better one word in time than two afterwards.Better one's house be too little one day than too big all the year after.Better one-eyed than blind.Better one-eyed than stone-blind.Better ought than nought.Better our curds and flour soup than others' various food.Better out o' the warld than out o' the fashion.
ScotlandBetter out of fashion than out of credit.Better ower't than on't.
ScotlandBetter own a trifle than want a great deal.Better pain in your purse than in your heart.Better patch up one's old garments than borrow the raiment of another man.
Sadi, Gulistan, ConclusionBetter pay the butcher than the doctor.Better penny in silver than any brother.Better play at small game than stand out.Better play for nought than work for nought.
ScotlandBetter plays a full wemb nor a new coat.Better plays the fou wame than the new coat.