If it ain't broke, don't fix it
Posted by ESC on November 06, 2000
In Reply to: If it ain't broke, don't fix it posted by Sy Stevens on November 06, 2000
: Hello all,
: I am looking for the meaning to to:
: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
: Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
: Thank you,
IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT - "Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even be detrimental. Originated in the United States in the twentieth century. Government official Bert Lance (1931- ) was quoted in the May 1977 issue of 'Nation's Business' as saying, 'If it ain't broke don't fix it.' Lance's advice, according to William Safire, 'has become a source of inspiration to anti-activists.'." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).