WISECRACKER - BAVARD - CHIACCHIERONE - CORREVEIDILE
Better tine your joke, than tine your friend.
ScotlandBetter to aim at comfort? than at luxury.Better to ask a question than to remain ignorant.Better to ask much than to seek much.
ItalianBetter to ask than go astray.Better to ask than to go astray.Better to ask the way
than go astray.Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.Better to be a crystal and to be broken, than to be a tile upon the housetop.Better to be a cuckold and not know it than to not be one and everybody say so.Better to be a dog in peacetime that a man in wartime.Better to be a free bird than a captive king.Better to be a free dog than a caged lion.Better to be a poor woman than the slave of the rich.Better to be a wise person in Hell than a fool in paradise.
Yiddish] Besser mit a klugn in gehenem eyder mit a nar in ganeydn.Better to be alone than in bad company.Better to be alone than in foolish and troublesome company.
Michel De MontaigneBetter to be an ant?s head than a lion?s tail.Better to be beaten than be in bad company.Better to be blind than see ill.Better to be blinde, then to see ill.
George Herbert, Jacula PrudentumBetter to be born a limpet in the sea, than a load bearing donkey.Better to be born lucky than rich.Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security.
Edmund BurkeBetter to be envied than pitied.Better to be guilty in the eyes of men than in the eyes of God.Better to be happy than wise.Better to be hungry than in debt.Better to be idle than ill employed.Better to be idle than not well occupied.Better to be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.Better to be off with the old love before we be on with the new.Better to be paying the baker than the chemist.Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.Better to be poor and honest than to be rich and lying.Better to be queen for an hour than a countess for life.Better to be red-faced once than 100 times purple.Better to be safe than sorry.Better to be seen alone than in bad company.Better to be shot with a crossbow than rejected by a window slammed shut.Better to be squinting than blind.Better to be the beak of a chicken than the rump of an ox.Better to be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.Better to be the lowest in your own land than a Sultan in a foreign land.Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.Better to be tossed about than to sink.Better to be watched by a wild animal than a nosey man.Better to be wrongfully excommunicated than to make a death bed confession.Better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.