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All's well that ends well proverbial saying, late 14th century, often used with the implication that difficulties have been successfully negotiated. (A related saying of the mid 13th century runs, ‘Wel is him that wel ende mai.’)

well begun is half done proverbial saying, early 15th century; emphasizing the importance of a successful beginning to the completion of a project. Related comments are found in classical Greek and Latin: Plato in his Laws has the comment, ‘proverbially it is said that the beginning is the half of every task’, and Horace in Epistles comments, ‘he who has made a beginning, has half done.’


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