Beggars can’t be choosers.
Beggars cannot afford to be choosers as they do not have the means to be plucky and fussy. They have to make do with what they get and appreciate. So what this proverb means is that a person in need should be grateful for what they get rather than complain about what they wanted instead.
Half a loaf is better than no bread.
A complement that I found for this proverb would be this. This translates to we should be thankful for what we do have no matter how small or little it is because it is better than none of it.
Basically, these two proverbs mean the same. Appreciate what you have.
However, I would like to highlight another proverb that can relate to the first proverb and that is, Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
This is trying to say that when you receive a present, do not find any faults in it for it is a sign of graciousness from someone else.
I did a little further reading and I found out that the proverb ‘Half a loaf is better than no bread’ has a few variations. These are from the 17th and 18th century collection of of proverbs by John Ray, John Clarke and Thomas Fuller. I found it interesting and I would like to share this with you,
- Better a mouse in the pot than no flesh at all.
- Half an egg is better than an empty shell.
- Better are small fish than an empty dish.
What do YOU think?