I'm looking for an aphorism communicating the thought that "this works, but we can do better". Some high-falutin language like Shakespeare or Blake would be ideal.

  • "If it ain't broke, go fix it anyway." – John Lawler Oct 15 '14 at 17:54
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    Who's the "we" in "we can do better"? The same people who made the good-enough thing, or someone else (a competitor)? We need some more guidance on the sort of phrase you want. – Marthaª Oct 15 '14 at 22:41
Normally people would just say either of
  • Not bad.
  • Acceptable.
  • Impressive.
  • Nice.
  • OK.
  • Great.

However, let me recompose some of Yogi Berra's:

  • Love is the most important thing, but your project/application is pretty good too.
  • Little league projects are great, because it keeps engineers/programmers like you off the main concourse.
  • You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. Your application could just make it, with the right timing.

a'la Edgar Allen Poe:

  • Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary. Nice app BTW.
  • Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality after deployment.
  • Science has not yet taught us if mediocrity is or is not the normality of intelligence.
  • I have great faith in tools like these. My lack of confidence in them, I call it.
  • After all most apps, my friend, are simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and creativity.

a'la Hemmingway:

  • Never mistake an acceptance as excellence.
  • You do not have to like it just because it works.
  • Happiness in intelligent people are the rarest thing I know. You seem pretty happy with your app.
  • No app named horrid, has ever won the Nobel peace prize. We'll deploy it but expect lots of rotten eggs thrown at it.

Generic religious:

  • The world was created in six days, so was your app. It's good enough.
  • From the abundance of your heart, your app manifests.

Not quite Shakespearean, but you could say

Although the <product> is good as it is, there is still room for improvement.


If "T'ain't broke don't fix it" be not your cry, go with the best, give it (us?) a try.

  • did you create this or is it a quote from someone? – numberwang Oct 15 '14 at 16:36
  • I've never seen or heard it before so I suppose you could say that I created it. I flatter myself here, I know, but feel free to use it as you wish. – Papa Poule Oct 15 '14 at 16:42

"To paraphrase Mark Twain, it's just a lightning bug and not lightning."


Don't rest until you do your best.

Good enough isn't.

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