Perfection Quotes

Most popular perfection quotes

Perfection is an undiscovered jewel.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.

excellence

Where is perfection?  Where I cannot reach.
Perfection falls not to the share of mortals.
Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly.
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.

self-improvement

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target.
Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life.
Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love.
A perfectionist is a man who takes infinite pains and gives them to others.
The maxim "Nothing avails but perfection" may be spelt shorter: "Paralysis."
If we don't begin by imagining the perfect society, how shall we create one?
In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfection.
Perfection is the measure of heaven, and the wish to be perfect the measure of man.
It is better to aim at perfection and miss it than it is to aim at imperfection and hit it.
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

genius originality

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being.
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.

action

There is no doing it right; there's just being with what is as wholeheartedly as the moment allows.

how to live life present moment

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

design

Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams and, if we are foolish enough to think so, in the past.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.  So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.

failure

Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

simplicity

Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
We can fix our eyes on perfection, and make almost every thing speed towards it.  This is, indeed, a noble prerogative of our nature.
It is, however, reasonable to have perfection in our eye; that we may always advance towards it, though we know it never can be reached.
Call it the Absolute, the Ideal, Perfection, Sanctity, Decency, or what you will, but strive toward it or you will smother in the morass.
We are all grateful for perfection when we recognize it, even if it is only in a game.  And it is in games that many men discover their paradise.
Culture is then properly described not as having its origin in curiosity, but as having its origin in the love of perfection.  It is a study in perfection.

culture

Sloth in writers is always a symptom of acute inner conflict. Perfectionists are notoriously lazy, and all truly artistic indolence is deeply neurotic: a pain not a pleasure.

writers

The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer it, than those whose laziness and despondency makes them give it up as unattainable.
Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.