make haste slowly

make haste slowly

To act with due dilligence, focus, and attention to detail in order to avoid mistakes and finish a task more expeditiously overall. I know we're all eager to get the new software released to the public, but we must make haste slowly. We don't want to end up wasting time fixing bugs that shouldn't be there in the first place.
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Make haste slowly,

 and More haste, less speed.
Prov. Act quickly, but not so quickly that you make careless mistakes. Jane: Why are you throwing your clothes around the room? Alan: You told me to get my things packed in a hurry. Jane: Yes, but make haste slowly; otherwise we'll have to spend an hour cleaning up the mess you make. I know you want to finish that sweater by Joe's birthday, but you're knitting so fast that you make mistakes. More haste, less speed.
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One of the (only) phrases that has stuck with me from those lessons is "festina lente." The saying is translated as "make haste slowly," and it's a reminder to work slowly and thoroughly to get things right the first time.
There's a saying, 'Make haste slowly.' Why did they have to move it forward when coordination (between the government and the ruling parties) was still insufficient?'' Katayama said.
Henry Daly's Make Haste Slowly, ridden by Richard Johnson, opened his jumping account when beating Shady Grey by five lengths in the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle after leading at the fifth.
Make Haste Slowly finally got his head in front for owner-breeder Tim Nixon in the maiden hurdle