Worth doing badly

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

G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With the World

This is what Chesterton calls “the democratic faith: that the most terribly important things must be left to ordinary men themselves – the mating of the sexes, the rearing of the young, the laws of the state.”

He is defending the generalist and the amateur - someone who does something for love - versus the professional.

The line became famously attached to him in his lifetime, and he seemed to know it was a bit cheeseball.

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