Perfection Quotes

Michel eyquem de montaigne - friendship is the highest degree of perfection in...
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

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
George Will
We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection.
Sidney Poitie
The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
Wallace Stevens
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

Dr. david m. burns - aim for success, not perfection. never give up...
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
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
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
W. Somerset Maugham
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
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
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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
Have no fear of perfection - - You will never reach it.
Salvador Dali
La bruyere - discretion is the perfection of reason, and a...
Perfection can be achieved by no one, because perfection is achieved from faults - Yet faults tear away the perfection in you.
Mary Ross
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 of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
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
Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.
Burk Hudson
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
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
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
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)
Perfection is the enemy of the good.
Gustave Flaubert
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Harriet Braike
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
The perfection preached in the Gospels never yet built up an empire. Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make of them the means to achieve great ends.
Charles de Gaulle
A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Clu
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
William Law
Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.
Pythagorus
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
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
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
But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.
William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece Ver. 124
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
Saint Augustine
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Eugene Delacroix