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The beaten road is the safest

Don’t take unnecessary risks. Profit from the experience of others. The proverb can be better understood if the ‘beaten road’ would read ‘beaten track’ or ‘well-worn path’. It is safer to keep to such a path leading through the woods, however much it winds, than to leave it and try to find a more direct route. The path is well worn and many people must have passed that way, so it is safe for us to do the same.

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