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" He acts upon the principle that if a thing is worth doing at all it is worth doing well: — and the thing that he "does" especially well is the public. "
The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: The literati - Seite 250
von Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Parker Willis - 1850
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The Spy, Bände 2-4

1912
...matters of legislation, there has been altogether too much inconsistency. Someone, I think, has said that if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. Rather than do it half-way, do not do it at all. We should never enter into anything in a legislative...
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Private Education, Or, A Practical Plan for the Studies of Young Ladies ...

Elizabeth Lachlan - 1815 - 326 Seiten
...may be in haste when there is a necessity for it, but never in a hurry (which you often are); for, if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well." ther they are matters from which one may draw a good inference. I am fond of noticing goodness of heart...
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The Baptist Missionary Magazine, Band 4

1823
...wish to produce the greatest effect, we must limit ourselves to one. Or to advert to a common adage, " if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well." If a doctrine is important enough to Ъе inculcated, it is important enough to be inculcated thoroughly....
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The American Baptist Magazine, and Missionary Intelligencer, Band 4

1823
...divided, 'or let more time be devoted to the objects of its meeting. It is an old and useful adage, if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. Or if neither of these courses sf cm advisable, let the business commence at 9 o'clock on the tirst...
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The Gardener's Magazine, and Register of Rural & Domestic Improvement, Band 8

1832
...this may possibly, to some, appear to have more of craft than utility in it: to which I say, first, if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing rightly; and, next, if it serves no other purpose, it will be a good exercise of thought, &c., to young...
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The Gardener's Magazine and Register of Rural & Domestic Improvement

1832
...this may possibly, to some, appear to have more of craft than utility in it : to which I say, first, if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing rightly ; and, next, if it serves no other purpose, it will be a good exercise of thought, &c., to...
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Band 55,Teil 1

Institution of Civil Engineers (Great Britain) - 1879
...in Liverpool, and one who sought to excel in all that ho undertook. But as his favourite maxim was " If a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well," profit was often lost sight of in the desire to attain this object. The subject of this notice was...
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Total abolition of personal restraint in the treatment of the insane, a lect ...

Robert Gardiner Hill - 1839
...Attendants, as may ensure persons of character and respectability. But here it may be truly said, ' If a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well ! ' If it be worth while to provide an Asylum for the Insane, it is worth while also to render that...
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Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England

Royal Agricultural Society of England - 1872
...attention than the cattle-stock, and are as varied in colour as they are untraceable in breed. Surely, if a thing is worth doing at all it is worth doing well, and we would strongly urge the desirability of bestowing more pains on these useful and highly profitable...
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The Sporting review, ed. by 'Craven'., Band 5

John William Carleton - 1841
...to notice what may be considered trifles ; but old Johnson's aphorism always comes across me ; viz., that if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. I twice saw him get on his box from the wrong side of his horses ; namely, on the left, instead of...
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