Monday, March 08, 2010

Quote of the day: good enuff?

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
There is hardly anything in the world that some man can't make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
John Ruskin

Reading a great blog post (E-Library Economics) and one of the comments on the post quoted Ruskin above.

We're being deluged with the idea of POGE (Principle of Good Enough); here's a great Wired story on it, and pretty much, though no one really likes to say they'll settle for POGE, it's true now and has always been true. The world thrives, and grows and creates better things, because of POGE.

Back to the Ruskin quote above, is this really a Ruskin quote? I can't seem to find a good citation and there are only second hand mentions of it in the Great Google (I tried a search in Google Books limiting to the works of Ruskin, but no luck). The Victorian Web also says that the Ruskin attribution is a mystery. Well, whoever chose to use this quote to support their argument, felt that the quote was good and the general attribution to Ruskin was important, and well, it was good enough to use the quote in a blog comment ... and well, overall, it was good enough ...

Thanks to Jim Michalko for pointing out the blog in Above the Fold.

1 comment:

ep said...

nice post MK, better than good enuff.