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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.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

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 (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.

Dante (1265-1321) Italian philosopher, and poet.

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

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.


All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch Jewish philosopher.

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-Exupery (1900-1944) French aviator and writer.

Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

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

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.