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Best is the enemy of better

Posted by Bob on July 31, 2007

In Reply to: Best is the enemy of better posted by MM on July 31, 2007

: What does the following sentence mean?

: "Best is the enemy of better."

It's a rallying cry for mediocrity, a plea for the ordinary and adequate.

Normally, one sees "good is the enemy of great," which means settling for "good enough" prevents one from attaining the highest levels. In the version you cite, however, the pleas seems to be the opposite: don't consort with Best when you can settle for Better. Hmm. I have a mother-in-law like that....

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