slow and steady wins the race

slow and steady wins the race
Sometimes merged with slow but sure.

1762 R. LLOYD Poems 38 You may deride my awkward pace, But slow and steady wins the race.

1894 G. F. NORTHALL Folk-Phrases 22 Slow and steady wins the race.

2002 Washington Post Book World 14 Apr. 4 In Gould’s theory, slow and steady sometimes wins the race, but more often than not life is punctuated by catastrophic contingencies that fall in the realm of unique historical narratives rather than predictable natural laws.


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  • slow but sure — Sure means properly ‘sure footed, deliberate’ and is frequently contrasted with slow as in 1562 G. LEGH Accidence of Armoury 97 Although the Asse be slowe, yet is he sure. Closely related to the previous proverb (slow and steady wins the race).… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • race — see the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong slow and steady wins the race …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • steady — see full cup, steady hand slow and steady wins the race …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • slow — see slow and steady wins the race slow but sure …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Hare and Tortoise — Infobox Game subject name=Hare and Tortoise image link= image caption= players=2 ndash;6 designer=David Parlett ages=8 + setup time= 3 minutes playing time= 45 ndash;60 minutes complexity=Low strategy=Medium random chance=Low skills=Strategy… …   Wikipedia

  • Tortoise and the Hare — Tortoise and the Hare, the a ↑fable (=a traditional story that teaches a moral lesson) by ↑Aesop in which a ↑tortoise and a ↑hare have a race. The tortoise unexpectedly wins by moving slowly but steadily, while the hare, because he knows he can… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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