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

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target.
Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.
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.
Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.
We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.
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.
The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
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.
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.
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.
The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.
Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
Don't demand perfection. But insist on continuous improvement.
Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant.
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.
Everything is perfect in the universe -- even your desire to improve it.
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill.
Perfecting is our destiny, but perfection never our lot.
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.
Perfection seems sterile; it is final, no mystery in it; it's a product of an assembly line.
Be ye therefore perfect, eve as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
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.
Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.
Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose.
Perfection is the child of time.
No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization.
You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect.
The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others.
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
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.
No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
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.
Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality.
If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.
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.
All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.
Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it, said the Philosopher.
Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.
The nearest to perfection that most people come is when filling out an employment application.
No one becomes perfect, but some become great.
It is no crime not to be perfect
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.
So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.
I have always suspected that correctness is the last refuge of those who have nothing to say.
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
Trying too hard to be too good, even when trying to be bad, is too good for the bad, too bad for the good.
To accomplish the perfect perfection, a little imperfection helps.
Everything that looks too perfect is too perfect to be perfect.
We love the imperfect shapes in nature and in the works of art, look for an intentional error as a sign of the golden key and sincerity found in true mastery.
In trying to be perfect, he perfected the art of anonymity.
When there is noise and crowds, there is trouble; when everything is silent and perfect, there is just perfection and nothing to fill the air.
To be neat in a culture that prizes neatness may bespeak a very different, less aberrant biological state than the same behavior in a culture that has adopted different values. Whether a particular behavioral style like perfectionism is deviant is very much a matter of cultural expections.