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欲 -- willing, want 速 -- speedy, quick 则 -- then, but 不 -- not, negative 达 -- arrive, done If you want to finish it quicker, then you probably can't get it done (correctly).


This 则 means "then" in English, like the Chinese word 就.


Besides 一不做,二不休, there is 好人做到底,送佛送到西. Or simply 既然已经做了,索性做到底. In English you can say "in for a penny, in for a pound".

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