Better late than never


This idiom is used to describe a situation in which it is better to do something late than not at all.


I know I’m late, but better late than never!

I’m sorry I didn’t get it done on time, but better late than never.

It’s better late than never to start taking care of your health.


The saying is thought to have been coined by English playwright Thomas Shadwell in his 1692 play, The Squire of Alsatia.


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