an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is an ancient proverb that is now a fairly common cliche spoken about the importance of prevention rather than curing something that has happened. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure relies on the fact that preventing illness is worth much more than curing it once the illness has arrived as preventing stops the ramification from the illness in the first place.