better are small fish than an empty dish

1678 J. RAY English Proverbs 204 Better are small fish then an empty dish.

1862 A. HISLOP Proverbs of Scotland 171 Sma’ fish are better than nane.

1874 painted on cornice at Ascott House, Wing, Bucks., UK. Better are small fish than an empty dish.

1971 J. GLUSKI Proverbs 133 Better are small fish than an empty dish.

2000 Pravda (English version, online ed.) 17 Oct. Why should the great ones of this world settle such particular questions? However, the answer is simple: better a small fish than an empty dish.


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