Perfection Quotes

Salvador dali - have no fear of perfection - - you will never...
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

Trifles go to make perfection, And perfection is no trifle.
Michelangelo Buonarroti
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)
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
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
Saint Augustine

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
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
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
Thomas a kempis - endeavor to be always patient of the faults and...
Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.
Burk Hudson
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
George Will
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Michelangelo Buonarroti
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
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 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
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)
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003
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.
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
W. Somerset Maugham
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
La Bruyere
A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Clu
Evolution crawls to imperfection. It ends in extinction.
J. Gregory Keyes, "Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps".