Whaley's Theorem on the existence of large proper sublattices of infinite lattices is extended to ordered sets and finite lattices. As a corollary it is shown that every finite lattice L with |L|≥3 contains a proper sublattice S with |S|≥|L|1/3. It is also shown that that every finite modular lattice L with |L|≥3 contains a proper sublattice S with |S|≥|L|1/2, and every finite distributive lattice L with |L|≥4 contains a proper sublattice S with |S|≥3/4|L|.
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