Quotations on Perfection

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Classical musicians do this all the time. They want perfection. So they piece things together. Eight bars of this and six bars of that. Glenn Gould said that with a recording he wanted to make perfect versions of pieces.
- John Abercrombie
(Keywords: Time, Musicians, Perfection, Want)

God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection.
- Alfred Adler
(Keywords: God, Soul, Goal, Cosmos, Man, Perfection, Stars)

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Work, Job, Perfection, Pleasure)

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Light, Perfection, Pursuit, Sweetness)

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Culture, Perfection, Study)

In our western civilization we have the glorious example, the great standard of perfection and the teachings of the Christ to guide us. He acts for us as Mediator between our personality and our Soul.
- Edward Bach
(Keywords: Soul, Civilization, Christ, Example, Perfection, Personality)

As the leaders and decision-makers of this great state, it is our responsibility to strive for perfection.
- Roy Barnes
(Keywords: Decision, Leaders, Perfection, Responsibility, State)

The true gourmet, like the true artist, is one of the unhappiest creatures existent. His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks: perfection.
- Ludwig Bemelmans
(Keywords: Artist, Perfection, Trouble)

If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
- Josh Billings
(Keywords: Man, Perfection, World)

Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there's nothing there, how can anything go wrong?
- Richard Brautigan
(Keywords: Nothing, Perfection, Space, Wrong)

There is also a perfection of degrees, by which a person performs all the commands of God, with the full exertion of all his powers, without the least defect. This is what the law of God requires, but what the saints cannot attain to in this life.
- Charles Buck
(Keywords: Life, God, Law, Perfection, Saints)

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
(Keywords: Successful, Fact, May, Passion, Perfection, Will)

By this way you may dress all sorts of horses in the utmost perfection, if you know how to practice it; a thing that is very easy in the hands of a master.
- William Cavendish
(Keywords: Dress, Horses, May, Perfection, Practice)

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
(Keywords: Laziness, Perfection, Will)

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
(Keywords: Humanity, Perfection, Rest, Will)

This perfection is the restoration of man to the state of holiness from which he fell, by creating him anew in Christ Jesus, and restoring to him that image and likeness of God which he has lost.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: God, Christ, Holiness, Man, Perfection, State)

These airplanes we have today are no more than a perfection of a child's toy made of paper.
- Henri Coanda
(Keywords: Airplanes, Perfection, Today)

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
(Keywords: Life, Law, Nothing, Perfection, Reason)

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Happiness, Perfection, Sadness, Taste)

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.
- Richard Courant
(Keywords: Desire, Expression, Individuality, Intuition, Logic, Mathematics, Mind, Perfection, Reason, Will)

The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy, which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy, an august civil polity or a great art.
- Ralph A. Cram
(Keywords: Art, Goal, Aristocracy, Effort, Perfection, Philosophy, Pursuit)

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
(Keywords: Being, May, Perfection, Result, Variety)

I mentioned the non-competitive spirit explicitly, because these days, excellence is a fashionable concept. But excellence is a competitive notion, and that is not what we are heading for: we are heading for perfection.
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Keywords: Excellence, Perfection, Spirit)

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
(Keywords: Mistake, Future, Language, Perfection, Programming)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Peace, Progress, Virtue, Perfection, Promises, Prosperity)

A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Compromise, Expression, Limits, Perfection, Practice)

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
- Martha Graham
(Keywords: Faith, Vision, Act, Desire, Obstacles, Perfection, Practice)

The object of man's worship, whatever it be, will naturally be his standard of perfection. He clothes it with every attribute, belonging, in his view, to a perfect character; and this character he himself endeavors to attain.
- Simon Greenleaf
(Keywords: Character, Clothes, Man, Perfection, Will, Worship)

Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn't going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book.
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Keywords: Goal, End, May, Perfection, Will, Words)

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
(Keywords: Art, Perfection, Reality)

The human race is intoxicated with narrow victories, for life is a string of them like pearls that hit the floor when the rope breaks, and roll away in perfection and anarchy.
- Mark Helprin
(Keywords: Life, Anarchy, Pearls, Perfection, Race)

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
(Keywords: Grace, Perfection, Sin, World)

I had given up magic, because it had reached a state of perfection. I felt that I was able to transform men into animals. I did not make use of this capability, because I believed I could not justify an intervention of this kind in the life of another person.
- Wolfgang Hildesheimer
(Keywords: Life, Men, Animals, Magic, Perfection, State)

However, the fact that the tanks had now been raised to such a pitch of technical perfection that they could cross our undamaged trenches and obstacles did not fail to have a marked effect on our troops.
- Paul von Hindenburg
(Keywords: Effect, Fact, Now, Obstacles, Perfection, Troops)

For the last 30 years our cinemas have been ruled by science fiction and horror. We've had some very good Fantasy films in that time period, but for my tastes I still haven't seen fantasy done to absolute perfection. That is the hope I have in this project.
- Harry Knowles
(Keywords: Science, Time, Hope, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Perfection, Project, Years)

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
- Ann Landers
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, Confidence, Fire, Loyalty, Perfection, Quiet, Sharing, Understanding)

Be intent on the perfection of the present day.
- William Law
(Keywords: Day, Perfection, Present)

Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
- William Law
(Keywords: Day, Perfection, Present)

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
(Keywords: Life, Perfection, Religious, State)

The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Keywords: Man, Perfection, Woman)

Whence it follows that God is absolutely perfect, since perfection is nothing but magnitude of positive reality, in the strict sense, setting aside the limits or bounds in things which are limited.
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Keywords: God, Positive, Limits, Nothing, Perfection, Reality, Sense)

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection, must therefore first study Logic, next the various branches of Mathematics in their proper order, then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.
- Maimonides
(Keywords: First, Logic, Mathematics, Metaphysics, Order, Perfection, Study, Wishes)

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
(Keywords: Failure, Mothers, Perfection, Want)

So I had to just kind of go back to the hotel, take a shower, sit quiet, dig down deep, warm up, and allow myself to move into some kind of zone. And then I remembered that a lot of my favorite musical moments are not about perfection.
- Kathy Mattea
(Keywords: Deep, Favorite, Moments, Perfection, Quiet, Zone)

And in fact, I think the more we start to worship perfection the more soul leaks out of art.
- Kathy Mattea
(Keywords: Art, Soul, Fact, Perfection, Worship)

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
(Keywords: Life, Perfection, Trifle)

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
(Keywords: Life, Work, Being, Illusion, Nothing, Perfection, Publishing, Purity, World)

When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.
- Debra Messing
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Idea, Key, Perfection, Want)

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo
(Keywords: Art, Work, Perfection, Shadow)

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
(Keywords: Life, Beauty, Truth, Contemplation, Day, Mystery, Perfection, Poverty, Sight, Sound)



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