ask forgiveness get permission

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 22 15:05:33 UTC 2014

The Yale Book of Quotations notes that "It is easier to get forgiveness than permission" appears in Arthur Bloch, Murphy's Law Book Two (1980). 

Grace Hopper was notorious, or should be notorious, for taking credit for expressions that were around long before her.  Like "bug."

Fred Shapiro

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Subject: ask forgiveness get permission

The wikiquote entry for Grace Hopper credits here with"It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission." (quoted in the U.S. Navy's Chips Ahoy magazine, July 1986)
I don't see it covered in the archives.
_Duncanville [TX] Suburban_ 9/24/1981 p 2 col 1"Stewart's Law of Retroaction: It's easier to get forgiveness than permission."
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