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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


Alphabetical lists of proverbs and sayings - list B1

 List B, page 1 :  from: "bad beginnings ..."   to: "better an egg today"  


  • Bad beginnings lead to bad results.
    • If you start something badly the result will be unsatisfactory.

  • (A) bad cause requires many words.
    • It is difficult to defend a bad cause.

  • (A) bad excuse is better than none.
    • Always give an excuse when necessary, even if it's a poor one.

  • Bad news travels fast.
    • People tend to circulate bad news very quickly (accidents, illness, etc.).

  • (A) bad penny always turns up.
    • An unwanted or disreputable person constantly comes back.

  • (A) bad tree does not yield good apples.
    • A bad parent does not raise good children.

  • (A) bad workman blames his tools.
    • Blaming tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.

  • (A) barking dog seldom bites.
    • Someone who constantly makes threats rarely carries them out.

  • Be just before you are generous.
    • Make sure all your debts are paid before you start offering help to others.

  • Beauty is only skin deep.
    • A person's character is more important than their appearance.

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    • Different people have different tastes.

  • Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.
    • No comment!

  • Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
    • Listen carefully before speaking.

  • (The) best advice is found on the pillow.
    • A good night's sleep may help us find an answer to our problem.

  • (The) best helping hand is at the end of your sleeve.
    • The best way to get something done is to do it yourself.

  • (The) best things in life are free.
    • You don't have to pay for what is important: happiness, friendship, good health.

  • Better brain than brawn.  
    • It's better to have a brain than muscles.

  • Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
    • It is preferable to have something sure now than the possibility of something better later.

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