Perfection Quotes

George will - the pursuit of perfection often impedes...
The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Recognizing our limitations and imperfections is the first requisite of progress. Those who believe they have arrived believe they have nowhere to go. Some not only have closed their minds to new truth, but they sit on the lid.
Dr. Dale E. Turne
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
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)
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)
Saint augustine - this is the very perfection of a man, to find out...
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle
We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection.
Sidney Poitie
Trifles go to make perfection, And perfection is no trifle.
Michelangelo Buonarroti
The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.
Brooks Atkinson
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
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
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 H. Huxley
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Eugene Delacroix
William law - be intent upon the perfection of the present day....
Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
Kahlil Gibran
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
Evolution crawls to imperfection. It ends in extinction.
J. Gregory Keyes, "Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps".
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
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
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self - Solicitude is the enemy of well - Being.
John Updike
In order to deserve, we must pay our dues and steadily work for perfection. We must relish in struggle, and relinquish pride. We must dispel fear and seek enlightenment. We must shun division and honor love. We must know our hearts and seek to understand others. We must try, live, create, feel, grow and love.
Bryant McGill, Stanford Lectures on Poetry, 1990
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?
Thomas a Kempis
Perfection can be achieved by no one, because perfection is achieved from faults - Yet faults tear away the perfection in you.
Mary Ross
The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
Wallace Stevens
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.
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
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 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
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will.
Thomas a Kempis
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
Perfection is the enemy of the good.
Gustave Flaubert
But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.
William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece Ver. 124
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Michelangelo Buonarroti
I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful. If a woman elevates herself in one respect and is retarded in another, it is because the rough trail that leads to the mountain peak is not free of ambushes of thieves and lairs of wolves.
Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings
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
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
E. C. Stedman