ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, an

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

proverb Working to stop something from happening is easier and better than having to try to resolve it later. Unless you want to be violently ill for days, get the flu shot now—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you know. Councilor, I am of the firm belief that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and investing in social and educational programs has been proven more effective at reducing crime than simply strengthening police force to combat it!
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ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, an

It is easier to forestall a disaster than to deal with it. For example, The new law makes all children under twelve wear bicycle helmets-an ounce of prevention. This ancient proverb is first recorded in Latin in Henry de Bracton's De Legibus (c. 1240) and has been repeated ever since, often in shortened form.
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