Let The Perfect Be The Enemy Of The Good Meaning
(idiomatic) To insist on the total realization of a goal and reject any compromise, thereby decreasing the chance of achieving even a part of that goal.
Example: 1960: Macdonald College, The Macdonald Farm Journal, volumes 21â€“22, page 7 (R. J. Cooke)
More data and more analyses will provide better information for the future, but we dare not let â€œthe perfect be the enemy of the goodâ€.
1973: Official journal of the European Communities, issues 165â€“169, page 161
Of course they are far from perfect, of course we are more than ready to welcome constructive improvements to them, but I beg Parliament and also Member Governments not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
1978: Welfare Reform Proposals: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Public Assistance of the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, Second Session, volume 3, page 572 (United States Government Printing Office)
Incremental reform can move us forward and can improve the plight of the poor. I hope we do not let â€œthe perfect be the enemy of the goodâ€ in welfare reform.
2007: Chris Brian, The Politics Show, Wales regional report
But we shouldnâ€™t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.