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In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfection.
- Hannah Arendt
Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold
Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand.
And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth.
- Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
If you expect perfection from other people, your whole life is a series of disappointments, grumbling, and complaints. If, on the contrary, you pitch your expectations low, taking folks as the inefficient creatures which they are, you are frequently surprised by having them perform better than you had hoped.
- Bruce Barton
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
- Bible, Psalms (ch. CXIX, v. 96)
What's come to perfection perishes,
Things learned on earth we shall practise in heaven;
Works done least rapidly Art most cherishes.
- Robert Browning, Old Pictures in Florence
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
- Buddha (Gautama Buddha)
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.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
- Rene Descartes,
"Mathematical Circles Squared" by H. Eves
Many things impossible to thought have been by need to full perfection brought.
- John Dryden
Woman is most perfect when most womanly.
- Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone
The very pink of perfection.
- Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
(act I, sc. 1)
Perfection is the child of time.
- Joseph Hall
I played so perfect, I couldn't play more perfect.
- Phil Hellmuth,
after losing in the 2004 World Series of Poker
Nature attains perfection, but man never does.
- Eric Hoffer,
Reflections on the Human Condition
There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones.
- Victor Hugo
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye, that we may always advance towards it, though we know it can never be reached.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Even women are perfect at the outset.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
- Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
- Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti)
Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to desire to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.
- Louis Charles Alfred de Musset
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
- Cardinal John Henry Newman
All perfection is melancholy.
- Margaret Oliphant
Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.
- Blaise Pascal
He did not wish to be believed to be the best but to be it.
- Plato (originally Aristocles}, Republic
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