जीवनस्य लक्ष्यमेव संस्कृतस्य वर्धनम्

चिन्तनीया हि विपदाम्

चिन्तनीया हि विपदाम् आदावेव प्रतिक्रिया।
न कूपखननं युक्तं प्रदीप्ते वह्निना गृहे॥
cintanīyā hi vipadām ādāveva pratikriyā|
na kūpakhananaṁ yuktaṁ pradīpte vahninā gṛhe||
The effect of disasters should be thought of beforehand (i.e. before they actually occur.)
One must not start digging a well [only] when the house is ablaze with fire.
cf. “Prevention is better than cure.”, “A danger foreseen is half-avoided.”

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