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not equal to / not as good as / inferior to / it would be better to
to be better off ... / might as well ...
to be getting worse with each generation
better to just get the pain over with, rather than prolong the agony
worse than a beast / to behave immorally
the palest ink is better than the best memory (idiom)
seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom); seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others / seeing is believing
knowing sb by their reputation can't compare to meeting them in person (idiom)
ashamed of being inferior (idiom) / to feel inferior to others
better to go home and weave a net than to stand by the pond longing for fish (idiom) / one should take practical steps to achieve one's aim
give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime / knowledge is the best charity
better a bad life than a good death (idiom)
lit. carefully setting an auspicious date does not beat seizing an opportunity (idiom) / fig. seize the occasion
worse than a dog or pig / lower than low
to consider oneself as being not as good as the others
A relative afar is less use than a close neighbor (idiom). Take whatever help is on hand, even from strangers.
give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime (idiom)
lit. to dispatch a general is not as effective as to excite a general / fig. inciting people to action is more effective than dispatching orders
deference is no substitute for obedience (idiom) / (said to accept sb's request, invitation etc)
the benefits of medicine are not as great as those of good nutrition
it is better to avoid unnecessary trouble (idiom) / the less complications the better
seeing sth for oneself is better than hearing about it from others
arriving early can't beat coming at the right time / perfect timing
man proposes, God disposes (idiom) / one's plans can be derailed by unforeseen events
Explaining in words is not as good as teaching by example (idiom). Action speaks louder than words.
things are not as good as they used to be
if you want sth done well, do it yourself (idiom)
there's no place like home (idiom)
the unvarnished truth is better than a cunning ruse (idiom) / honesty is the best policy
if an official does not put the people first, he might as well go home and sell sweet potatoes
leaving much to be desired / unsatisfactory / undesirable
to be getting worse by the day

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