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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


Alphabetical lists of proverbs and sayings - list B2

 List B, page 2 :  from: "better be alone ..."   to: "a burnt child ..."  


  • Better be alone than in bad company.
    • Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with.

  • Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
    • It's better to be the leader of a small group than a subordinate in a bigger one.

  • Better flatter a fool than fight him.
    • It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people.

  • Better to drink the milk than to eat the cow.
    • Be careful not to destroy the source of your income or welfare.

  • Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.
    • It's better to deal with someone difficult but familiar than change and risk dealing with somebody worse.

  • Better late than never.
    • It's better to do something, even if it's late, than not do it at all.

  • Better lose the saddle than the horse.
    • It's better to stop and accept a small loss than continue and risk losing everything.

  • Better safe than sorry.
    • It's better to be too careful than to be careless and regret it later.

  • Better be untaught than ill-taught.
    • It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.

  • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
    • Don't trust your enemies.

  • (A) bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
    • It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something else.

  • Birds of a feather flock together.
    • People of the same sort are usually found together.

  • (A) black plum is as sweet as a white.
    • People should not be judged by their appearance.

  • Blood is thicker than water.
    • Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people.

  • Blood will out.
    • A person's background or education will eventually show.

  • (A) book holds a house of gold.
    • There is a wealth of knowledge in books.

  • (A) broken friendship may be soldered but it will never be sound.
    • Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.

  • (A) burden of one's own choice  is not felt.
    • Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.

  • (A) burnt child dreads the fire.
    • A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.

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