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PERFECTION
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[ Also see Blessedness Character Christ Christ (Saviour) Death of Christ Excellence God Goodness Growth Ideals Imperfection Impossibility Merit Purity Resurrection of Christ Sublimity Success Worth ]

Whoever thinks a perfect work to see, thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
      - Alexander Pope

Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
  Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. II, l. 53)

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

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

Let no man measure by a scale of perfection the meager product of reality in this poor world of ours.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

He lost a wife
  Whose beauty did astonish the survey
    Of richest eyes, whose words all ears took captive,
      Whose dear perfection hearts that scorned to serve
        Humbly called mistress.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Lafew at V, iii)

Leave no rubs nor botches in the work.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, i)

It is the witness still of excellency
  To put a strange face on his own perfection.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Pedro at II, iii)

How many things by season seasoned are
  To their right praise and true perfection!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)

I am a woman of the world, Hector; and I can assure you that if you will only take the trouble always to do the perfectly correct thing, and to say the perfectly correct thing, you can do just what you like.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
      - Herbert Spencer

He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds; and faults of some kind nestle in every bosom.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

A man cannot have an idea of perfection in another, which he was never sensible of in himself.
      - Sir Richard Steele, Tatler (no. 227)

The maxims tell you to aim at perfection, which is well; but it's unattainable, all the same.
      - Bayard Taylor

Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Perfection falls not to the share of mortals.
      - George Washington

In this broad earth of ours,
  Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
    Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
      Nestles the seed perfection.
      - Walt Whitman

In the broad earth of ours,
  Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
    Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
      Nestles the seed perfection.
      - Walt Whitman, Song of the Universal

The divine nature is perfection; and to be nearest to the divine nature is to be nearest to perfection.
      - Xenophon


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