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Hierarchy of Importance (Revised)

1. If a thing is really worth doing, it's worth doing badly.
2. If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.
3. If a thing is not worth doing, it's not worth doing well.
4. If a thing is really not worth doing, do it so badly that they won't ask you to do it again.

This could lead to someone saying, "I'm sorry, this task isn't important enough for me to do badly."

Some of My Favourite Sayings

"There is no try, there is only do - or do not." -- Yoda

"There are no shoulds." -- My Aunt Estelle

"This, too, shall pass." -- the "saying for all occasions"

"Fear is a foolish counsellor."

"You can't change other people; the only person you can change is yourself."

"Things are getting worse at a slower rate."

"Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies." (NOT said by Buddha or Nelson Mandela)

"The fear of death is the beginning of slavery."

"Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

2014-04-04 13:19 (UTC)
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I love all those sayings even the ones I hadn't seen before! Here are a few of my favorites:

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater." JRR Tolkien

"He who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters." JRR Tolkien

"Knowing when to say the right thing at the right time is important. Knowing when not to say the witty thing at the apt moment is more important." Anonymous

"I'd rather be kind than clever." Anonymous

2014-04-04 14:33 (UTC)
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I think that it is referring to "clever" as in "witty at other people's expense", which is how I've always taken it.

At any rate, it often reminds me to keep my mouth shut. I frequently will think up what seem to be funny little quips--that have the possibility of being taken as hurtful, even if that's not what I intended. The quote just before it says it more precisely. I try to keep both of those in mind when I am tempted to be funny at someone else's expense.

Yes, the Serenity prayer is also wonderfully wise. These sorts of sayings seem to encapsulate certain important truths, which is why we love to quote them.

2014-04-05 00:35 (UTC)
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I like these, especially the hierarchy of importance.

Quite a few of my favourite sayings tend to be from TV and movies too.

"No good deed goes unpunished" (Blake's 7)

"A cynic is what an idealist calls a realist" (Sir Humphrey - Yes Minister)

Our latest family adoption of a saying stems from the Croods of all places.

"Still Alive!" (Said after any mishap)
edited 2014-04-05 00:35 (UTC)

2014-04-05 01:45 (UTC)
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This could lead to someone saying, "I'm sorry, this task isn't important enough for me to do badly."

and i think we just figured out why i never manage to keep up with the filing at any of my jobs ever.

2014-04-05 10:17 (UTC)
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If a thing is really worth doing, it's worth doing badly. That explains a lot about me....

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