those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly come from a Chicago newspaper in 1903: “Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: ‘It can’t be done,’ are always being interrupted by somebody doing it.” [1]

Proverb[edit]

those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it

  1. Mis-attributed [2] Chinese proverb (L'homme qui dit que cela ne peut pas être fait ne doit pas interrompre l'homme de le faire. [3] )
    Similar to French proverb: la critique est aisée mais l’art est difficile (1732, Philippe Néricault) , meaning It is is easy to say it cannot be done, but doing it is difficult.
    Similar to proverb: Ceux qui pensent qu’il est impossible d’agir sont généralement interrompus par ceux qui agissent James Baldwin, meaning Those who say it can not be done, are usually interrupted by those doing it
    Similar to proverb: Ils ne savaient pas que c'était impossible, alors ils l'ont fait Mark Twain, meaning They did not know it was impossible so they did it.