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The Best Quotes About Perfection 

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A list of the best perfection quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous perfection quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic perfection quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational perfection quotes from that same writer.

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Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. Salvador Dalí
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If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself. Josh Billings
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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
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I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything. Henry Ward Beecher
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The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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Be ye therefore perfect, eve as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
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This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. Augustine of Hippo
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We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. Pierre Corneille
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The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot
10
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.
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Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere. Thomas Carlyle
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American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. W. Somerset Maugham
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Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it. William Ellery Channing
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The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth. Oscar Wilde
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The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is. Dante Alighieri
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Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill. Doug Horton
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The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing. Eugène Delacroix
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If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do. George Bernard Shaw
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Bandara was not an easy place to return to: it could hide from the common worlds whose periphery it inhabited. But Bandara never had, in all its years, completely disappeared. Janet Morris
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Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it. Salvador Dalí
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One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent. Epictetus
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The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals. George Orwell
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I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active --not more happy --nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Edgar Allan Poe
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The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection --even though nothing more than the pounding of an old piano --is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star. Logan Pearsall Smith
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All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare. Baruch Spinoza