„Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.“

Last update June 3, 2021. History
Hunter S. Thompson photo
Hunter S. Thompson268
American journalist and author 1937 - 2005

Related quotes

Robert Fulghum photo

„Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well.“

—  Robert Fulghum, book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Source: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Mick Jagger photo

„Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.“

—  Mick Jagger British rock musician, member of The Rolling Stones 1943

Nikki Sixx photo

„Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.“

—  Nikki Sixx American musician 1958

Source: The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star

Zig Ziglar photo

„There's a rule they don't teach you at the Harvard Business School. It is, if anything is worth doing, it's worth doing to excess.“

—  Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991

Comment after a 1977 Polaroid shareholder's meeting, as quoted in The Icarus Paradox : How Exceptional Companies Bring About Their Own Downfall; New Lessons in the Dynamics of Corporate Success, Decline, and Renewal (1990) by Danny Miller, p. 126

Pablo Picasso photo

„Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Christopher Paolini photo
Arthur Leonard Schawlow photo

„Anything worth doing is worth doing twice, the first time quick and dirty and the second time the best way you can.“

—  Arthur Leonard Schawlow American physicist 1921 - 1999

as quoted by [Steven Chu and Charles H. Townes, Biographical Memoirs V.83, National Academies Press, 2003, 0-309-08699-X, 201]

Hunter S. Thompson photo
G. K. Chesterton photo

„If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936

Folly and Female Education
What's Wrong With The World (1910)

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield photo

„Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

The French attribute this to the painter Nicolas Poussin (born 15 June 1594) "Ce qui vaut la peine d'être fait vaut la peine d'être bien fait"
Disputed

Ayn Rand photo

„If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.“

—  Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982

Gypsy Rose Lee photo

„If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly … very slowly.“

—  Gypsy Rose Lee American burlesque performer, actress, author 1911 - 1970

As quoted in Great Hollywood Wit: A Glorious Cavalcade of Hollywood Wisecracks, Zingers, Japes, Quips, Slings, Jests, Snappers, & Sass from the Stars (2003) by Gene Shalit, p. 46

Robert A. Heinlein photo

„If a thing's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. (Lazarus Long)“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Variant: Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Source: Time Enough for Love

Lois McMaster Bujold photo

„Anything worth achieving is worth overachieving.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Source: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Susan Elizabeth Phillips photo

„Anything worth having is worth fighting for.“

—  Susan Elizabeth Phillips American writer 1948

Source: Heaven, Texas

Joseph Heller photo
Cormac McCarthy photo

„Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.“

—  Cormac McCarthy American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1933

The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2009, "Hollywood's Favorite Cowboy" http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704576204574529703577274572.html by John Jurgensen <!--accessed: November 17, 2009-->
Variant: I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
Context: I'm not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.

Ray Bradbury photo

„Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

Playboy interview (1996)
Context: If NASA's budgeters could be convinced that there are riches on Mars, we would explode overnight to stand on the rim of the Martian abyss. We need space for reasons we have not as yet discovered, and I don't mean Tupperware. … NASA feels it has to justify everything it does in practical terms.
And Tupperware was one of the many practical products that came out of space travel. NASA feels it has got to flimflam you to get you to spend money on space. That's B. S. We don't need that. Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.

Related topics