The meaning of, and background to, the well-known expression "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Meaning:

Don't try to improve a system that already works well enough

Background:

The expression originated in the USA in the 20th century, apparently from the mouth of Thomas Bertram Lance (1931 - ), known as Bert Lance, who was a close adviser to Jimmy Carter during his successful 1976 campaign and became director of the Office of Management and the Budget (OMB) in Carter's government. Lance resigned in 1977 after William Safire's Pulitzer Prize-winning article raised questions about mismanagement and corruption at Calhoun National Bank while Lance was Chairman of the Board. Lance was later acquitted of all charges and returned to Calhoun Bank as chairman from 1981 to 1986.

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