phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

An ounce

Posted by ESC on November 02, 1999

In Reply to: An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure posted by Jennifer Shweky on November 01, 1999

: Can anyone tell me who said this and the citation?
: Thanks

From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman : "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It's more prudent to head off a disaster beforehand than to deal with it after it occurs. The proverb has been traced back to 'De Legibus' (c. 1240) by English Jurist Henry De Bracton (d. 1268). First attested in the United States in 'Documentary History of Maine Containing Baxter Manuscripts ..."

© 1997 – 2024 All rights reserved.