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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