better late than never

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Perhaps a calque of Latin potiusque sero quam numquam from the 4th book[1] of Ab Urbe condita (History of Rome) by Titus Livius, around 27 BC.


better late than never

  1. It's better to do something late, than to never do it at all.
    • 1996. Titus Livius (translation). Livy's History of Rome (in English):
      Their insolence and recklessness must be opposed, and better late than never.


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  1. ^ Butterfield, Bruce J. (1996), “Livy's History of Rome”, in (please provide the title of the work)[1] (HTML, in English), Marquette University (, archived from the original on 15 September 2012, retrieved May 29, 2007