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Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.
So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.
The essence of man is imperfection.
A new idea is rarely born like Venus attended by graces. More commonly it's modeled of baling wire and acne. More commonly it wheezes and tips over.
The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
There is no perfection in humanity.
Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams.
He is lifeless that is faultless.
Perfection is out of the question.
His only fault is that he has no fault.
If you're looking for perfection, look in the mirror. If you find it there, expect it elsewhere.
A perfect poem is impossible. Once it has been written, the world would end.
It is the function of perfection to make one know one's imperfection.
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
What, after all, is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean.
Angels can do no better.
To talk about the need for perfection in man is to talk about the need for another species.
Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is. You'll be afraid you can't achieve it. ... It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.
The "C" students run the world.
You know what they call the guy who finishes last in medical school? They call him Doctor!
A good garden may have some weeds.
At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.
Perfection is no more a requisite to art than to heroes.
Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
A finished person is a boring person.
He is all fault who hath no fault at all. For who loves me must have a touch of earth.
You're only human, you're supposed to make mistakes.
Truth is immortal; error is mortal.
I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
Sainthood is acceptable only in saints.
I like a man with faults, especially when he knows it. To err is human- I'm uncomfortable around gods.
If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, it would make him pull his hat over his eyes.
Friendships aren't perfect, and yet they are very precious. For me, not expecting perfection all in one place was a great release.
Almost anything carried to its logical extreme becomes depressing, if not carcinogenic.
A concern with the perfectibility of mankind is always a symptom of thwarted or perverted development.
Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
The maxim "Nothing avails but perfection" may be spelled "Paralysis."
Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world.
Perfectionism is slow death.
Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.
The more a human being feels himself a self, tries to intensify this self and reach a never-attainable perfection, the more drastically he steps out of the center of being.
The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He never tries anything new. He is a brake on the wheels of progress.
I only have to stop the puck, not beat it to death.
To try to be better is to be better.
Even a clock that is not going is right twice a day.
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.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
We're the best team in baseball. But not by much.
We fought hard. We gave it our best. We did what was right and we made a difference.
Use what talents you have; the woods would have little music if no birds sang their song except those who sang best.
I'll take any way to get into the Hall of Fame. If they want a batboy, I'll go in as a batboy.
Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
One must not hold one's self so divine as to be unwilling occasionally to make improvements in one's creations.
If I'd been a housemaid, I'd have been the best in Australia-I couldn't help it. It's got to be perfection for me.
When something has been perfect, there is a tendency to try hard to repeat it.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
You just have to learn not to care about the dust mites under the beds.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.
The very pink of perfection.
There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see. Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.


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