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The worth of a thing is what it will bring proverbial saying, mid 16th century, meaning that the real value of something can only be measured by what another person is willing to pay for it; a comparable Latin saying is ‘valet quantum vendi potest [it is worth as much as it can be sold for].’

See also a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, not worth the candle, an ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept, one picture is worth ten thousand words, worth one's salt, one volunteer is worth two pressed men.

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