Ol' Frank was the one who first used the phrase "a stitch in time saves nine."
Is this a linear or quadratic equation? For example: do two stitches in time save 18?
Nine stitches in time save 81? You get the point.
Look, I get his point, but when this phrase was coined, people spoke much more imaginatively, picturesquely more eloquently. Then Francis comes up with this rudimentary gem. I don't like it. Why not "Time saved today, rewards tomorrow"? or something more aesthetic?
Francis Baily, you disappoint me. You sir, are no Thomas Reid, who said: "a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link". True, both literally and figuratively. That's good stuff.