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Perfection Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Perfection

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

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

Life is not about perfection -
or a quest for perfection.
Life is about enjoying what we have -
for as long as we have it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward
is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns,
or the sharp stones on life's path.
- Khalil Gibran

 

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
- Michelangelo

Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure
the inner perfection of his own personality.
- Albert Schweitzer

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A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

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 Faulkner

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when
there is nothing left to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection.
- Agnetha Faltskog

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

Original sin is that thing about man which makes him
capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical
faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.
- W. Somerset Maugham

To make one good action succeed another,
is the perfection of goodness.
- Ali ibn Abi Talib

To feel much for others and little for ourselves;
to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections,
constitute the perfection of human nature.
- Adam Smith

Perfection does not consist in any singular state or condition of life,
or in any particular set of duties, but in holy and
religious conduct of ourselves in every state of Life.
- William Law

Perfection is attained by slow degrees;
it requires the hand of time.
- Voltaire

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality,
the opening of new frontiers.
- Arthur Koestler

This is the very perfection of a man,
to find out his own imperfections.
- Saint Augustine

It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to
know how to enjoy our being rightfully.
- Michel de Montaigne

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power,
vigor, and activity of man's nature.
- Bishop Robert South

And in fact, I think the more we start to worship perfection
the more soul leaks out of art.
- Kathy Mattea

Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence
exist in each individual of the species,
can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.
- Henry Fuseli

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
- Antonio Tabucchi

If I'd been a housemaid I'd have been the best in Australia -
I couldn't help it.
It's got to be perfection for me.
- Nellie Melba

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions,
but regulates them.
- Thomas Aquinas

A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection.
Nothing less.
- Pir Vilayat Khan

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

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection,
and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
- J. D. Salinger

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

Perfection has to do with the end product,
but excellence has to do with the process.
- Jerry Moran

People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection,
which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.
- Edith Schaeffer

The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge
is rapidly advancing towards perfection.
- Jeremy Bentham

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection.
Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path,
for they draw only corrupt blood.
- Khalil Gibran

To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection
of sensuality rarely achieved.
Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty.
- Jose Bergamin

Music is harmony, harmony is perfection,
perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now,
or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice,
selfishness, ambition, and injustice.
- Elihu Root

Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent,
and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high,
so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm.
- David Rockefeller

My ambition is peace and perfection.
- DeForest Kelley

That is what great athletes can do: they give us a
model of striving for human perfection.
- Armstrong Williams

Golf is a search for perfection, for balance.
It's about meditation and concentration.
You have to use hand and brain.
- Celine Dion

I mean, I spent 30 years in the world of physical perfection,
right? I've known most of the world's most perfect
physical specimens over the course of the last 30 years.
- Jim Lampley

Working mothers are just as likely to want to conform
to a standard of perfection and just as likely to suffer
from their failure to meet it as their stay-at-home counterparts.
- Melinda M. Marshall

It is absurd to look for perfection.
- Camille Pissarro

Perfection is a trifle dull.
It is not the least of life's ironies that this,
which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
- William Law

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

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law
itself is nothing else but reason -
the law which is perfection of reason.
- Edward Coke

Style is the perfection of a point of view.
- Richard Eberhart

I'm chasing perfection.
- Kobe Bryant

Look at our Lords disciples.
One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him.
If our Lord couldn't have perfection,
how are you going to have it in city government?
- Richard J. Daley

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

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace,
then progress in virtue is progress in each of these
for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us,
progress is always an approach toward it.
- Epictetus

As the leaders and decision-makers of this great state,
it is our responsibility to strive for perfection.
- Roy Barnes

Perfection irritates as well as it attracts,
in fiction as in life.
- Louis Auchincloss

There is a passion for perfection which you will rarely see fully developed;
but you may note this fact,
that in successful lives it is never wholly lacking.
- Bliss Carman

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
- Vince Lombardi

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection.
It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past:
it creates a new generation of coding bums.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Salesmanship, too, is an art; the perfection of its
technique requires study and practice.
- James Cash Penney

The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of
its fitness for the use which it serves.
Now that use is either particular or universal.
- William Ames

People often called us perfectionists,
but we were not looking for perfection.
We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.
- Paul Simon

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

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection.
Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.
- Michael J. Fox

Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work,
and speaking openly about one's life,
to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity.
- Joyce Maynard

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth,
and unknown to themselves.
- William Hazlitt


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