A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. - Dutch Proverb
Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.
A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.