a sparrow in the hand is better than the pigeon on the roof

a sparrow in the hand is better than the pigeon on the roof

proverb It is better to have something less valuable in one's current possession than to pursue something more valuable that may not be able to be obtained. The phrase comes from German. I think I'll keep my modest winnings rather than wagering them all on the next horse race. A sparrow in the hand is better than the pigeon on the roof.
See also: better, hand, on, pigeon, roof, sparrow
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