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Perfection quotes and quotations

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Anna Quindlen

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

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

It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.
Samuel Johnson

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

Perfect is determined in shortened measures of time, not over long periods of time or lifetimes. It would be unnatural.
Paul Acquasanta

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

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

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

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault.
Dr. David M. Burns

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.
Dr. David M. Burns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one becomes perfect, but some become great.
Anonymous

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Eugene Delacroix

Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future. When you have an idea of perfect in your mind, you open the door to constantly comparing what you have now with what you want. That type of self criticism is significantly deterring.
John Eliot

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

The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards.. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don’t limit it.
John Eliot

I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement.
Lois McMaster Bujold

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

[M]aybe the most any of us can expect of ourselves isn't perfection but progress.
Michelle Burford

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.
Saint Francis de Sales

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

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

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
Michelangelo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Harriet Braiker

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

So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.
Beatrice Potter Webb

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

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

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

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

Trifles go to make perfection, And perfection is no trifle.
Michaelangelo