27 Quotes On Imperfection

October 15, 2013 | 2 Comments |


Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on imperfection.

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” – Winston Churchill

“Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.” – Chinese Proverb

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” –  Salvador Dalí

“To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke

“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.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Primary purposes of a mirror: (1) To help civilized men realize their imperfections, and, (2) To help the imperfect hide their imperfections.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Nothing and no one is perfect. It just takes a good eye to find those hidden imperfections.” – Daphne Delacroix

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” – Conrad Hall

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” – Francis Bacon Sr.

“Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.” – Thomas de Quincey

“Perfection itself is imperfection.” – Vladimir Horowitz

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” – Alden Nowlan

“Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you.” – Anonymous

“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 learn as much by others’ failings as by their teachings. Examples of imperfection is just as useful for achieving perfection as are models of competence and perfection.” – Magdeleine Sable

“Maybe the most any of us can expect of ourselves isn’t perfection but progress.” – Michelle Burford

“Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can still drink from a chipped cup.” – Greta K. Nagel

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

“The word ‘Imperfect’ actually spells ‘I’m perfect’ because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect ways.” – Anonymous

“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” – Saint Augustine

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ” –  Rumi

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