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Headword: *)arxh\n i)a=sqai polu\ lw/i+on h)e\ teleuth/n
Adler number: alpha,4098
Translated headword: far better to heal a beginning than an end
Vetting Status: high
The proverb shows that it is preferable to prevent suffering and anything else terrible as it is beginning rather than when it has fully developed and reached its conclusion.
Greek Original:
*)arxh\n i)a=sqai polu\ lw/i+on h)e\ teleuth/n: dhloi= de\ h( paroimi/a, w(s a)rxome/nou tino\s kai\ pa/qous kai\ a)/llou tino\s deinou= ma=llon e)/sti kwlu/ein h)\ e)nakma/santos kai\ teleiwqe/ntos.
Lightly adapted from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.; and cf. Apostolius 3.90.
Tosi [see under alpha 378] no.61.
Cf. "a stitch in time saves nine."
Keywords: daily life; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 October 2000@09:55:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; added note and keyword) on 25 August 2002@11:16:11.
William Hutton (set status) on 28 June 2003@05:09:31.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaks) on 30 June 2011@10:18:15.
David Whitehead on 14 August 2012@08:44:01.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, augmented note) on 22 November 2015@01:20:31.


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