Perfection Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Perfection quotes and Perfection sayings, and Perfection proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."


"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor."

Anne Lamott

"The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development."


"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light."

Matthew Arnold

"We adore perfection because we can’t have it; it would disgust us if we had it. Perfect is inhuman, because human is imperfect."

Fernando Pessoa

"The thing about perfection is it’s unknowable. It’s impossible. But it’s always right in front of you."

Kevin Flynn

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

Dante Alighieri

"So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere."

Beatrice Potter Webb

"Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it."

William Ellery Channing

"No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves."

William Hazlitt

"Perfection is an undiscovered jewel."

Edward Counsel

"Producing perfection from imperfection is, after all, the highest of art forms."

Frank Herbert

"A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect."

Haruki Murakami

"Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them."

Owen Feltham

"Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children."

Sylvia Plath

"Perfection’ is man’s ultimate illusion. It simply doesn’t exist in the universe…. If you are a perfectionist, you are guaranteed to be a loser in whatever you do."

David D. Burns

"Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill."

Douglas Horton

"Perfection is worth striving for, even if it is ultimately unattainable in this life."

Joseph B. Wirthlin

"It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached."

Samuel Johnson

"Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up."

Joseph Campbell

"Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved."

W. Somerset Maugham

"Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."

Angelique Arnauld

"Perfect is determined in shortened measures of time, not over long periods of time or lifetimes. It would be unnatural."

W. Somerset Maugham

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

Salvador Dali

"The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth."

Oscar Wilde

"Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you do, and fix it along the way…"

Paul Arden

"Perfection is boring. If a face doesn’t have mistakes, it’s nothing."

Kevyn Aucoin

"If you chase perfection, you often catch excellence."

William Fowble

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