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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

24 Geoffrey Chauer 1340-1400 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
QUOTATION:Ther n’ is no werkman whatever he be,
That may both werken wel and hastily. 1
This wol be done at leisure parfitly. 2
ATTRIBUTION:Canterbury Tales. The Marchantes Tale. Line 585.
Note 1.
Haste makes waste.—John Heywood: Proverbs, part i. chap. ii.

Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.—Publius Syrus: Maxim 357. [back]
Note 2.
Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.—Plutarch: Life of Pericles. [back]