Perfection Quotes
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Perfection quotes remind us that perfectionism is a trap. It works beautifully for people who refuse to do anything unless they can do it perfectly. That pattern brings out the worst in us, 

rather than the best. To wait until all the conditions are perfect is to wait forever. Winston Churchill compares the word ‘perfection’ to ‘paralysis’. All progress in the world would stop if the majority held on to that idea. Follow the wise guidance of Robert Schuller who writes, “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” Take action – where you are with what you have and accept the idea that being perfect has nothing to do with success. A willingness to take risks and make mistakes will take you much, much further in life.


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What you create doesn't have to be perfect.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The world is evolving from imperfection to perfection. It needs all love and sympathy; great tenderness and watchfulness are required from each one of us.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The farther a man knows himself to be free from perfection, the nearer he is to it.
Gerard Groote

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.
David M. Burns

Perfect is the enemy of the good.
Voltaire

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
George Eliot

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Harriet Braiker

A lot of disappointed people have been left standing on the street corner waiting for the bus marked Perfection.
Donald Kennedy

An artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Eugene Delacroix

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert H. Schuller

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
Alan Cohen

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
Mark Victor Hansen

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
Salvador Dali

Nothing gives a man a sense of failure so often as an overdeveloped sense of perfection.
George S. Odiorue

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again.
Julia Cameron

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.
John Updike

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.
Anne Lamott

The maxim ‘Nothing but perfection’ may be spelled ‘Paralysis’.
Winston Churchill

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

We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don't accept others the way they are.
Miguel Ángel Ruiz



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