"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." G. K. Chesterton

A conversation with my friend Phebe made me think, today, of this quote. A couple of quarters ago, I read the essay from which it originates. In essence, Chesterton says that there are some things in life that require experts -- think of astronauts or dentists. But then there are those tasks that we really want a man to do for himself -- blowing his own nose, for instance, but also writing a poem, or raising a child.


  1. As long as you try hard it doesn't matter what the outcome.

  2. Not that poets and nannies aren't good to have around. But it seems to me that one way to do really badly as a parent is to hire an expert to take over.


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