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Imperfection Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Imperfection

Please enjoy these Imperfection Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism
and become a fearless is mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly -
indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
- Arianna Huffington

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Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.
- Marilyn Monroe

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.
- Conrad Hall

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection,
but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else
is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
- Thomas Aquinas

 

Therefore it does not help to sneer at the imperfection
of today's reality or to preach absolutes as a daily agenda.
- Gustav Heinemann

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human
that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
- Soren Kierkegaard

On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity
of imperfection coming into the film.
- Walter Salles

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Perfection itself is imperfection.
- Vladimir Horowitz

Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.
- Thomas de Quincey

If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches,
just like our bodies.
What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.
- Matthew Fox

All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
- Wislawa Szymborska

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect,
so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.
- Ernst Fischer

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in
embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering
devices to oblige them to be ugly.
Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
- H. G. Wells

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till
they are brushed off entirely,
they would spin for ever on their axis,
advancing nowhere.
- Thomas Carlyle

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease,
hints at human imperfection.
Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
- Ben Okri

Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience
are the natural lot of mortals,
and there will be no room for discontent,
neither for despair.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

God is another name for human intelligence raised above
all error and imperfection,
and extended to all possible truth.
- William Ellery Channing

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect.
The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we
become towards the defects of others.
- Joseph Addison

As a real person, he wouldn't last a minute,
would he? But drama is about imperfection.
And we've moved away from the aspirational hero.
We got tired of it, it was dull.
If I was House's friend, I would hate it.
How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road.
But we don't always like morally good people,
do we?
- Hugh Laurie

You'll remember Dr. Rice said that several times: It
was not a warning about the place and the method and the time -
it was a general warning.
And that points out the imperfection,
if you would, of our intelligence.
- Lee H. Hamilton

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the
imperfection of our nature;
thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as
to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not.
- Joseph Butler

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other.
To catch each other when we falter.
To encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.
- Hilary Clinton

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship;
it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
- Eustace Budgell

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The earth incites the wonder and admiration of man
even though he is imperfect and his understanding greatly limited.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

Measures must always, in a progressive society,
be held superior to men, who are after all,
imperfect instruments, working for their fulfillment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the
human condition there is no shame in being wrong,
only in failing to correct our mistakes.
- George Soros

If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance
can heighten its value as poetry.
- John Drinkwater

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
- Alexander Hamilton

The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others.
- Doug Larson

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers
are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
- Maxwell Maltz

We will have to give up the hope that,
if we try hard, we somehow will always do right by our children.
The connection is imperfect.
We will sometimes do wrong.
- Judith Viorst

Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature,
and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it,
or at least to lighten it as much as we can.
- Philip Stanhope

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air,
that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs,
is the point from which fiction begins.
- Salman Rushdie

We are all imperfect.
We can not expect perfect government.
- William Howard Taft

Man is imperfect.
The reality he creates is always endangered by man.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
- Edward Gibbon

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
- Brooks Atkinson

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth,
that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
- John Ruskin

Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality,
it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition,
it is imperfect and untrue.
- Benjamin Haydon

International relationships are preordained to be clumsy
gestures based on imperfect knowledge.
- Rebecca West

Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel,
the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing,
so is liberty the essence of life.
Whatever is done without it is imperfect.
- Jose Marti

If I don't tell it all now, the story in the history
books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong.
- Christine Keeler

Complete and total perfection will come about only
when we feel that our perfection is no perfections
as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect.
- Sri Chinmoy

Perfection is immutable.
But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.
- Owen Feltham

A god whose creation is so imperfect that he must be
continually adjusting it to make it work properly seems
to me a god of relatively low order,
hardly worthy of any worship.
- Martin Gardner

I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault;
all of my plays are imperfect,
I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do.
- Edward Albee

There is always a "but" in this imperfect world.
- Anne Bronte

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument,
especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes.
The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument
that is outside of your body.
- Stan Getz

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them,
he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself,
he becomes wise.
- Alden Nowlan

Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions,
many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly?
- Lewis H. Lapham

I don't want to be perfect, but I do want to be a role model.
My mom always tells me that imperfections equal beauty.
All of us are imperfect.
- Miley Cyrus

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians,
but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
- Henry Ward Beecher

To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions,
in order to avoid erring in our own judgment,
is but to exchange one danger for another.
- Richard Whately

We're imperfect people trapped in an imperfect world
until we get to that place beyond.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection.
No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.
- Herman Hesse

A principle is the expression of perfection,
and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection,
we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The law isn't justice.
It's a very imperfect mechanism.
If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky,
justice may show up in the answer.
A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
- Raymond Chandler

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit
yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man,
you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

By his disobedience of God's law, before man had exercised
his power to bring children into the earth,
not only Adam lost everything for himself,
but his children were born as sinners,
imperfect, and without the right to live.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

Give me the comma of imperfect striving,
thus to find zest in the immediate living.
Ever the reaching but never the gaining,
ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top.
- Winston Graham

My parents did not have a perfect marriage.
It was pretty good, but it was not perfect.
My marriage is not perfect.
My wife is, but I happen to be imperfect.
However, that does not discount the fact that the definition
of marriage must be defended and protected.
- Stockwell Day

Even as we enumerate their shortcomings,
the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear
to us our mothers' incredible strength.
We fear both.
If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect,
how can we equal them?
- Anna Quindlen

If God has made the world a perfect mechanism,
He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect
that in order to predict little parts of it,
we need not solve innumerable differential equations,
but can use dice with fair success.
- Max Born

No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be,
one ought never to be satisfied that there was not
something imperfect about it until it also gives the
impression of being beautiful.
- George Boole

He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties,
however usefully or curiously directed,
is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows
only the exercise of muscles.
- Francis Wright

As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya,
sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect
regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation.
- Earl Blumenauer

In justice to human society it may perhaps be said
of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world,
however imperfect, that they have been founded in and
carried on with very considerable wisdom.
- Ezra Stiles


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