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)

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
(Keywords: Imperfection, Quiet)

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)

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
(Keywords: Imperfection, Patience, Sin, Wrongs)

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)

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
(Keywords: Perfection, Sensuality, Water)

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)

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the imperfection of our nature; thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Nature, Imperfection, Senses)

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)

God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth.
- William Ellery Channing
(Keywords: Intelligence, God, Truth, Error, Imperfection, Name)

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)

Style is the perfection of a point of view.
- Richard Eberhart
(Keywords: Perfection, Style)

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)

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.
- Ernst Fischer
(Keywords: Greatness, Imperfection, Machines, Man, Will)

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)

Therefore it does not help to sneer at the imperfection of today's reality or to preach absolutes as a daily agenda.
- Gustav Heinemann
(Keywords: Help, Imperfection, Reality, Today)

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)

Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill.
- Douglas Horton
(Keywords: Perfection, Skill)

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless is mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly - indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
- Arianna Huffington
(Keywords: Mother, Idea, Imperfection, Uncertainty)

The perfection in theater is that it's over the second it's done.
- William Hurt
(Keywords: Perfection, Theater)

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Keywords: Desire, Imperfection, Man)

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)

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
(Keywords: Perfection, Right, World, 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)

The German experience, as you can see, did move me very much. Seeing that terrible destruction and seeing the miserable state of the people, how they had been beaten down by the war through no fault of their own probably.
- Hugh Laurie
(Keywords: People, Friend, Drama, Hate, Imperfection, Road)



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