All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well is a very old proverb. We will examine the meaning of the expression all’s well that ends well, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

All’s well that ends well means a successful pursuit is worth the adversity and obstacles one must overcome to achieve success. The expression also implies that regardless of the problems involved in a pursuit, success was achieved. The proverb all’s well that ends well is most well known because it is a title of a Shakespeare play, published in 1623. However, the axiom was known and used for hundreds of years before that time. It was published as early as the 13th century in an English poem, The Proverbs of Hendyng.

Examples

All’s well that ends well: Austin scores three in a hitless inning to survive an upset bid (The Austin Daily Herald)

All’s Well That Ends Well is a fitting title for a Shakespearian play, but it also is a fit description of the city council meeting held in Hillsboro on Tuesday, July 14. (The Journal-News)

While this was good news for the protesters and the First Amendment alike, it is not an “all’s well that ends well” situation, either. (The Louisville Eccentric Observer Weekly)

All’s well that ends well, but it really doesn’t look like it’s going to end well for oil at all at this rate… (The Hellenic Shipping News)