Haste makes waste

Haste makes waste is a proverb that has been in use for hundreds of years. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never, early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb haste makes waste, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Haste makes waste means rushing into action without thinking it through; the results are often not very good and end up costing more time and money than if one had taken the time to think things through beforehand. The expression haste makes waste was first recorded in 1546 in John Heywood’s work, A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the englishe tongue.


Unfortunately, haste makes waste, and stopgap “good enough” security solutions left businesses with a severe lack of visibility across corporate and personal devices and ramshackle incident response plans in the event of a breach. (Forbes Magazine)

Going too fast – There is an old saying that says “haste makes waste,” this is absolutely true in field dressing a deer. (Lawton Constitution)

Proving the adage that “haste makes waste,” ACA25 was rushed through the Assembly in only three weeks. (The Daily Breeze)

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