good enough is the enemy of the great
July 25, 2005 12:14 PM Subscribe
Quotation filter -- who first said: "'Good enough' is the enemy of the great"?
posted by Araucaria to Writing & Language (13 answers total)
Somebody here must know this!
The idea/quote comes in a billion different variations, but the gist is that a workable solution tends not to be improved once it has become entrenched in the infrastructure, even when a more optimal solution is available. Examples include the electoral college, typewriter keyboards, operating systems, international languages.
I don't want to debate the concept, I'm just looking for the original quotation or reference.