It's better to take precautionary measures to prevent something bad from happening.
The earliest known use of this proverb is by the Irish novelist Samuel Lover (1797-1868) who used it in his book Rory O'More (1837). Another form of the expression is 'better be sensible than sorry'.
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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