If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Posted by Sy Stevens on November 06, 2000

In Reply to: If it ain't broke, don't fix it posted by ESC 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).

: : -sy-