Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

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“The ship is sunk - he’s wrecked at last at sea, / His life to guard in his extremity, / He binds around him his life-preserver, / Which buoys him safely above the water, / So if his float is lost, yet still he’ll swim; / Some ship that’s sailing by may take him in."—Barber, 1857


Barber, John W. The Handbook of Illustrated Proverbs (New York, NY: George F. Tuttle, 1857)


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