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HENRY DE BRACTON (BRATTON OR BRETTON)
English ecclesiastic and jurist
( - 1268)

And it is a common saying that it is best first to catch the stag, and afterwards, when he has been caught, to skin him.
  [Lat., Et vulgariter dicitur, quod primun oportet cervum capere, et postea, cum captus fuerit, illum excoriare.]
      - Works (bk. IV, tit. I, c. 2, sec. IV)
        [Prudence]


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