Perfection Quotes

Charles de gaulle - the perfection preached in the gospels never yet...
It is easy to be a moral perfectionist when one is politically unaccountable.
Robert D. Kaplan, Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos (Book)

Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.
Leonardo DaVinci, The notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci by Macurdy
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others.
Francois Fenelon
History balances the frustration of how far we have to go with the satisfaction of how far we have come. It teaches us tolerance for the human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our generation, but of all time.
Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

Chinese prove - a diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble...
We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection.
Sidney Poitie
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.
Dr. David M. Burns
Perfection can be achieved by no one, because perfection is achieved from faults - Yet faults tear away the perfection in you.
Mary Ross
To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.
Richard Whately
I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike.
Joseph Addison
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
William Faulkne
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.
Dr. David M. Burns
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Eugene Delacroix
Wallace stevens - the summer night is like a perfection of thought....
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
La Bruyere
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Perfection is the enemy of the good.
Gustave Flaubert
The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - Ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians (1918)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - Every day begin the task anew.
Saint Francis de Sales
Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.
Lois McMaster Bujold, Mirror Dance, 1994, p. 287
The chimerical pursuit of perfection is always linked to some important deficiency, frequently the inability to love.
Bernard Grasset
Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.
Burk Hudson
It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward.
Thomas Huxley
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self - Solicitude is the enemy of well - Being.
John Updike
My life is music. And in some vague, mysterious, and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often - - In fact, mostly - - At the expense of everything else in my life.
Stan Getz
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
William Law
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
George Will
Have no fear of perfection - - You will never reach it.
Salvador Dali
Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.
Samuel McChord Crothers
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.
Oscar Wilde
Nature has perfection, in order to show that she is the image of God and defects, to show that she is only his image.
Blaise Pascal
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint - Exupery
The history of the Victorian Age will never be written we know too much about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - Ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
Lytton Strachey
But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.
William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece Ver. 124
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
Logan Pearsall Smith
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
W. Somerset Maugham