The Prevention Lockbox
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Saundra Foderick, Caveon
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Quid Pro Quotes
When it comes to test development, preventative health matters. Preventing test theft, reputational damage, invalid results, or other harms beats the work, hours, and costs of fixing harm after it occurs. Of course, the value of prevention is nothing new. In 1736, Ben Franklin—under an assumed name—asked Philadelphians to look at how a common and long-established practice could lead to harm. True, transporting live coals via a shovel seemed easy and not worth remark. Equally true, taking a seemingly-easy but unexamined path could lead to great loss:
When it comes to testing, preventative health is key. And these 12 influential researchers, philosophers, authors, historians, and philanthropists have something to say about it! Why not give them a moment of your time and see for yourself, quid pro quo?
“… Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance till Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows..."
And, over the years many other thinkers have warned us of the value of prevention as well:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” 

Ben Franklin
American founding father,
author, political theorist,
humorist, and scientist.



“If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too many ambulances under the cliff.

Joseph Malins & Denis Burkitt
English temperance activist | Award-winning surgeon & researcher



“He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman philosopher, statesman, & writer



“He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he who prevents it is the safest physician.”

Thomas Fuller
Prolific author & historian



“Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”

Bill Gates
Philanthropist and Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation



“Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.”

John Ruskin
Victorian philanthropist & social theorist



“The chief problem … is not the punishment of criminals, but the prevention of the young from being trained to crime.”

W. E. B. DuBois
American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and author



“Diseases can rarely be eliminated through early diagnosis or good treatment, but prevention can eliminate disease.”

Denis Burkitt
Award-winning surgeon and researcher
(cancer, chemotherapy, immunology and infectious diseases)



“The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to prevent pain.”

Aristotle
Ancient Greek philosopher and stateman



“You see a wile, you should thwart. Am I right?”

Terry Pratchett
OBE and beloved author



“You may not be able to prevent the bird from flying over your head; but you can prevent it from making a nest on your head!”

Israelmore Ayivor
Inspirational writer

Even Jane Austen’s characters knew that preventing trouble was the wisest course:
“Fanny, feeling all of this to be wrong, could not help making an effort to prevent it.” 
- Mansfield Park
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