better safe than sorry
- It is preferable to be cautious in one's choices and actions than to act recklessly and suffer afterwards.
- 1985, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (lyrics and music), “Take On Me”, in Hunting High and Low, performed by a-ha:
- But I'll be stumbling away / Slowly learning that life is OK / Say after me / It's no better to be safe than sorry
it is preferable to be cautious