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

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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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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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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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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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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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Be ye therefore perfect, eve as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

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The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot

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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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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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Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill. Doug Horton

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

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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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The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing. Eugène Delacroix

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

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

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The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde

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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

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

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

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The nearest to perfection that most people come is when filling out an employment application.

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No one becomes perfect, but some become great.

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Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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It is no crime not to be perfect

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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

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

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

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No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves. William Hazlitt

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No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.

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Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull. W. Somerset Maugham

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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

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The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. George Will

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Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson