Perfection Quotes

Best selected perfection quotes by some famous people of their times for you. These perfection quotes will motivate and inspire you and will make you much wiser about the subject.


The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. ~Matthew Arnold

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. John Updike

Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose. Chris Evert

The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is. Dante Alighieri

The nearest to perfection that most people come is when filling out an employment application. Anonymous

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds. ~Wilt Chamberlain

One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent. Epictetus

Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Angelique Arnauld

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being. ~Anatole France
Nothing that is complete breathes. ~Antonio Porchia

Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it. William Ellery Channing

So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere. Beatrice Potter Webb

No one becomes perfect, but some become great. Anonymous

Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers. W. Somerset Maugham

Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence. ~Vince Lombardi

There are no perfect men in this world, only perfect intentions. ~Pen Densham

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. ~William Safire

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals. George Orwell

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. W. Somerset Maugham

As any artist can tell you, it is easier to reach perfection than to stop there. ~Robert Brault

One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection. ~Chuck Palahniuk

Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull. W. Somerset Maugham

It is no crime not to be perfect. Anonymous

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

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. ~William Shakespeare

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot

The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore. ~Author Unknown

The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark. William Butler Yeats

Perfection is the child of time. Joseph Hall

Bachelors' wives and old maids' children are always perfect. ~Nicholas Chamfort

Always live up to your standards - by lowering them, if necessary. ~Mignon McLaughlin

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

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

Once you accept the fact that you're not perfect, then you develop some confidence. ~Rosalynn Carter

If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself. Josh Billings

''Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it,'' said the Philosopher. James Stephens

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything. Henry Ward Beecher

No barber shaves so close but another finds his work. English Proverb

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. Cardinal J. Newman

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection --even though nothing more than the pounding of an old piano --is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star. Logan Pearsall Smith

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

You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect. Charlton Heston

Perfecting is our destiny, but perfection never our lot. C. J. Weber

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

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. Pierre Corneille

Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on. ~Ed Howe

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. George F. Will

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

Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it. Salvador Dali

Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill. Doug Horton

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. Stanely J. Randall

All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare. Baruch Benedict de Spinoza

It's not that perfection cannot be achieved. It's that it's so hard to stop there. ~Robert Brault

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable. Lord Chesterfield

I have always suspected that correctness is the last refuge of those who have nothing to say. Friedrich Wasiman

Everything is perfect in the universe -- even your desire to improve it. Wayne Dyer

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. ~Goethe

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. ~John Henry Newman

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

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret. Henri Frederic Amiel

Even the best needles are not sharp at both ends. ~Chinese Proverb

The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization. Karen Horney

If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do. George Bernard Shaw

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth. Oscar Wilde

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. ~Stanley J. Randall

No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art. John Ruskin

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target. ~George Fisher

Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant. Vicomte De Chateaubriand

Be ye therefore perfect, eve as your Father who is in heaven is perfect. Bible

The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can't separate them. They're wedded. ~Henry Miller

I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active --not more happy --nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Edgar Allan Poe

Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more. Lord Alfred Tennyson

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

He who hath not a dram of folly in his mixture hath pounds of much worse matter in his composition. ~Charles Lamb

Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated. J. Yahl

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Player Piano

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. ~Chinese Proverb

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