a fault confessed is half redressed

1558 Interlude of Wealth & Health D2v Yf thou haue doone amisse, and be sory therfore, Then helfe a mendes is made.

1592 Arden of Feversham H1v A fault confessed is more than half amends, but men of such ill spirite as your selfe Worke crosses [arguments] and debates twixt man and wife.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 1140 Confession of a Fault makes half amends.

1822 SCOTT Nigel III. v. Come, my Lord, remember your promise to confess; and indeed, to confess is, in this case, in some slight sort to redress.

1855 H. G. BOHN Handbook of Proverbs 285 A fault confessed is half redressed.

1981 P. O’DONNELL Xanadu Talisman X. A fault confessed is half redressed, so I hope he will forgive us.

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