a stitch in time saves nine

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From the practice of mending a small tear in cloth before it becomes a larger one.

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a stitch in time saves nine

  1. A little effort expended sooner to fix a small problem prevents it from becoming a larger problem requiring more effort to fix later; A little preparation can eliminate the need for repairs later; consistency (achieving a set rhythm) is better than trying to rush ahead.

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