Perfection Quotes

E. c. stedman - poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the...
Have no fear of perfection - - You will never reach it.
Salvador Dali

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
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)
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Eugene Delacroix
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

Logan pearsall smith - the indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable...
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
But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.
William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece Ver. 124
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
Dr. David M. Burns
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
Perfection can be achieved by no one, because perfection is achieved from faults - Yet faults tear away the perfection in you.
Mary Ross
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
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.
Kahlil gibran - advance, and never halt, for advancing is...
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
A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.
Chinese Prove
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Harriet Braike
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003
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 way you let your hand rest in mine, my bewitching Sweetheart, fills me with happiness. It is the perfection of confiding love. Everything you do, the little unconscious things in particular, charms me and increases my sense of nearness to you, identification with you, till my heart is full to overflowing.
Woodrow Wilson
Evolution crawls to imperfection. It ends in extinction.
J. Gregory Keyes, "Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps".
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
The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.
Hazlitt
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
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.
Burk Hudson
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
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
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
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
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
W. Somerset Maugham
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
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
I have seen an end of all perfection but thy commandment is exceeding broad. N. B. This is the origin of the proverb, All good things must come to an end.
Psalms 11996
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint - Exupery
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Clu