„Don't get it right, just get it written.“
"The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing", The New Yorker (29 April 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940). The moral is ironic with respect to the fable, in which sheep do insufficient research before writing about wolves, resulting in the sheep being easy prey.
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time
Variante: Don't get it right, just get it written.
„That's the attitude, isn't it? It's all right to disobey the Ten Commandments, but just don't disobey the eleventh, "Thou shall not get caught."“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1950s, Rediscovering Lost Values (1954)
Contexte: Now that isn't the only thing that convinces me that we've strayed away from this attitude, this principle. The other thing is that we have adopted a sort of a pragmatic test for right and wrong—whatever works is right. If it works, it's all right. Nothing is wrong but that which does not work. If you don't get caught, it's right. [laughter] That's the attitude, isn't it? It's all right to disobey the Ten Commandments, but just don't disobey the eleventh, "Thou shall not get caught." [laughter] That's the attitude. That's the prevailing attitude in our culture. No matter what you do, just do it with a bit of finesse. You know, a sort of attitude of the survival of the slickest. Not the Darwinian survival of the fittest, but the survival of the slickest—whoever can be the slickest is the one who right. It's all right to lie, but lie with dignity. [laughter] It's all right to steal and to rob and extort, but do it with a bit of finesse. It's even all right to hate, but just dress your hate up in the garments of love and make it appear that you are loving when you are actually hating. Just get by! That's the thing that's right according to this new ethic. My friends, that attitude is destroying the soul of our culture. It's destroying our nation.
„We don't get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we'll wait, we'll wait indefinitely.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, quoted in Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (2012) by Frank Partnoy, p. 177
„Details are all that matters: God dwells there, and you never get to see Him if you don't struggle to get them right.“
— Stephen Jay Gould, livre Eight Little Piggies
"A Reflective Prologue", p. 14
Eight Little Piggies (1993)
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
Get Up, Stand Up, Burnin (1973), cowritten with Peter Tosh.
Source: Bob Marley - Legend
— Rita Mae Brown Novelist, poet, screenwriter, activist 1944
„But as grandpop always said, there are just three ways to get ahead; sweat and genius, getting born into the right family, or marrying into it.“
— Robert A. Heinlein, livre Starman Jones
Source: Starman Jones (1953), Chapter 8, “Three Ways to Get Ahead” (p. 82)
— Kamal Haasan Indian actor 1954
On his political stance.
„As you see the opening get closer, you just can't get fast enough. And finally, just when you think you'll never get there, you see the opening right in front of you.“
— Stephen Chbosky, livre Pas raccord
Source: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
„People get ready there's a train comin';
You don't need no baggage, just get on board.
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin';
You don't need no ticket, just thank the lord.“
— Curtis Mayfield American singer, songwriter, and record producer 1942 - 1999
People Get Ready, performed by The Impressions, from People Get Ready (1965).
— Melina Marchetta Australian teen writer 1965
Source: Saving Francesca
— Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931 - 2019
— Steven Wright American actor and author 1955
— André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
C'est avec de beaux sentiments qu'on fait de la mauvaise littérature.
Letter to François Mauriac (1929)