Selected Quotes about Perfection

I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement. -- Lois McMaster Bujold

[M]aybe the most any of us can expect of ourselves isn't perfection but progress. -- Michelle Burford

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. -- Dr. David M. Burns

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault. -- Dr. David M. Burns

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person. -- Dr. David M. Burns

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways. -- Samuel McChord Crothers

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

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. -- Eugene Delacroix

Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future. When you have an idea of perfect in your mind, you open the door to constantly comparing what you have now with what you want. That type of self criticism is significantly deterring. -- John Eliot

The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards.. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don’t limit it. -- John Eliot

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business. -- Michael J. Fox

Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education. -- Burk Hudson

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. -- Anna Quindlen

The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. -- Tom Robbins

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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. -- Saint Francis de Sales

Easy is right. Begin right, and you will be easy. Continue easy and you are right... The right way to go easy is to forget the right way, and forget that the going is easy. -- Chuang Tzu

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