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If the end be well, all will be well.
[Lat., Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit.]
- Unattributed Author, Gestoe Romanorum
It ain't over till it's over.
- Yogi Berra
Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
- Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
(ch. VII, v. 36)
Have regard to the end.
[Lat., Finem respice (or Respice finem).]
- Chilo of Sparta (Chilon),
a translation of his saying
Deed done is well begun.
- Dante ("Dante Alighieri")
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
- T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot),
The Hollow Men
He who has put a good finish to his undertaking is said to have placed a golden crown to the whole.
- Eustathius, Commentary on the Iliad
A morning sunne, and a wine-bred child, and a latin-bred woman, seldome end well.
[A morning sun and a wine-bred child and a Latin-bred woman seldom end well.]
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
It is the end that crowns us, not the fight.
- Robert Herrick, Hesperides (340)
Having well polished the whole bow, he added a golden tip.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
(bk. IV, III)
A dead end street is a good place to turn around.
- Naomi Judd
We ought to consider the end in everything.
[Fr., En toute chose il faut considerer la fin.]
- Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (III, 5)
In my end is my beginning.
- Mary, Queen of Scots
The road is long fro the project to its completion.
[Fr., Et le chemin est long du projet a la chose.]
- Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
Le Tartuffe (III, 1)
The end must justify the means.
- Matthew Prior, Hans Carvel (l. 67)
The end crowns all.
- Proverb, (Dutch)
By the same means we do not always arrive at the same ends.
[Fr., Par les memes voies on ne va pas toujours aux memes fins.]
- Abbe Saint-Real
Every hour has its end.
- Sir Walter Scott
Let the end try the man.
- William Shakespeare
All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown.
Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
- William Shakespeare,
All's Well That Ends Well
(Helena at IV, iv)
The end crowns all,
And that old common arbitrator, Time,
Will one day end it.
- William Shakespeare,
The History of Troilus and Cressida
(Hector at IV, v)
Look to the end of a long life.
- Solon, words said to Croesus
It is commonly and truly also said: "Matters be ended as they be friended."
- Thomas Starkey,
England in the Reign of Henry VIII
(bk. I, ch. III, 33)