let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

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let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

To allow the demand, desire, or insistence for perfection decrease the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. (Usually used in the negative as an imperative.) I know you want your research paper to be great, but don't let perfect be the enemy of good, or you won't even finish it in time! As a manager, you have to realize both the potential and the limits of your employees, so be sure not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
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Furthermore, she feels it is "important to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good" in supporting domestic partnership or other types of marriage-lite arrangements rather than same-gender marriage itself.
I found within your interview a very profound statement by Hillary Clinton while discussing her take on gay marriage: "It's important to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good." A few days later I caught part of the presidential debate, in which Al Gore and George W.
And I think it's important to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. And we need to do whatever we can to move forward in securing people, people I know who are in committed relationships, the right to inherit property from one another, to be in a hospital room when their partner is being treated or dying, being able to own property, and enjoying the rights and protections that they should be entitled to.
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