Best Quotes About Perfect

By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young. -Maggie Kuhn

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing. -Ben Hogan

We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists… in the loved one, perfection. -Sidney Poitier

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. -Khalil Gibran

The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be. -Raymond Chandler

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it. -Groucho Marx

We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion. -Zelda Fitzgerald

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch. -J. B. Priestley

I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right. -Frederick the Great

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.' -Marilyn vos Savant

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. -Shunryu Suzuki

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. -Carl Sagan

God is the perfect poet. -Robert Browning

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. -John Wooden

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. -Tom Robbins

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. -Oscar Wilde

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. -P. D. James

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. -Jane Austen

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways. -Samuel McChord Crothers

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. -Gustave Flaubert

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you would be perfectly comfortable. -Bobby Bragan

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. -Jules Renard

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. -Michelangelo

You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. -Albert Camus

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. -Albert Einstein

I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do. -Edward Albee

I am perfectly happy to believe that nobody likes us but the public. -Rudolf Bing

In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along. -Antonin Scalia

There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone, without exception, has weaknesses. -Josef Skvorecky

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. -Martha Graham

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature. -John Steinbeck

I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and perfecting childhood drawing – without the traditional interruption of academic training. -Saul Steinberg

Perfection itself is imperfection. -Vladimir Horowitz

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread. We were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense. -John Irving

I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet. -Jesse Jackson

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity. -Billie Jean King

As you begin your tour of the United States, you may as well know that one American national trait which irritates many Americans and must be convenient for our critics is that we relentlessly advertise our imperfections. -Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city. -Lewis Mumford

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. -Saint Francis de Sales

It was a perfect night for a train. The occasional whistle told Louis of all the farewells he had ever known. -Charles Tennyson Turner

It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel. -David Leavitt

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection. -Matthew Arnold

If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it. -Michel de Montaigne

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind. -Thomas Carlyle

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. -Thomas Carlyle

The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature. -William Hazlitt

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man. -Joseph Addison

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn. -George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own. -George Bernard Shaw

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. -Confucius

Men who have reached and passed forty-five, have a look as if waiting for the secret of the other world, and as if they were perfectly sure of having found out the secret of this. -Golda Meir

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. -Gustave Flaubert

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right. -Henry Ward Beecher

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. -Walter Scott

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. -Arthur Koestler

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. -Thomas Merton

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. -John Wayne

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

The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others. -Doug Larson

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it. -Epictetus

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. -Lin Yutang

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. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism. -Hannah Arendt

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions. -Gary Ryan Blair

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself. -Emmet Fox

There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection. -Agnetha Faltskog

I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect. -Madeleine L'Engle

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. -George Soros

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. -Michelangelo

Our erected wit maketh us to know what perfection is. -Philip Sidney

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes. -Frank Lloyd Wright

When you've been locked up in a mental institution, people are going to ask questions. It was OK, because I didn't have to act perfect all the time. -Drew Barrymore

It was a perfect marriage. She didn't want to and he couldn't. -Spike Milligan

I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it. -Groucho Marx

After Leaving Las Vegas I did assume that things would get a lot easier than they've been. But it's just been a mirror of the way my career's been from the beginning, so for it to have changed would have been strange. My career has never been perfect. -Elisabeth Shue

Your life changes. Everything has to be done perfectly, and I didn't follow that. I lived my life as if I wasn't in the public eye. I thought, 'I'm young. I have the right to experience new things, and if I want to go to a bar and get drunk, that's my prerogative.' -Shannen Doherty

I'm not perfect, I do drink. I do smoke. Carson Daly can't go out and get messed up, he can't smoke in front of kids – he's the face of MTV, and he has to be good. But me? I can. -Tara Reid

I don't know anybody's road who's been paved perfectly for them, there are no manuals, you don't know what life has in store for you. -Drew Barrymore

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

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it. -Tacitus

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships. -Stephen Covey

American-style iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. It's never really caught on in the UK, probably because the last time we had a hot, sunny day was back in 1957. -Tom Holt

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful. -Alice Walker

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. -Brian Tracy

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. -Walt Whitman

Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror. -Carlos Fuentes

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

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

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

Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it. -William Ellery Channing

Everything is perfect in the universe – even your desire to improve it. -Wayne Dyer

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. -Andrew Jackson

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? -Kurt Vonnegut

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. -Aristotle

Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government? -Richard J. Daley

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself. -Josh Billings

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post. -George Bernard Shaw

Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly? -Lewis H. Lapham

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. -Vince Lombardi

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. -George S. Patton

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill

According to the percentage people, you would be perfectly comfortable. -Bobby Bragan

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. -Brooks Atkinson

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. -George Orwell

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. -Edgar Allan Poe

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection. -Oscar Wilde

I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both. -Soren Kierkegaard

The biggest game I ever played in was probably Don Larsen's perfect game. -Mickey Mantle

What a perfect way to end the home stand, by hitting sixty-two for the city of St. Louis and all the fans. I truly wanted to do it here and I did. Thank you St. Louis. -Mark McGwire

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it. -James Stephens

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. -Confucius

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition. -Edward Gibbon

Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately. -Edward Weston

San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty. -Rudyard Kipling

Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it's all in perfect working order. -Spike Milligan

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre. -Orson Welles

If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on. -Alfred Hitchcock

We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect. -Alanis Morissette

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. -Ann Landers

No one perfectly loves God who does not perfectly love some of his creatures. -Margaret of Valois

Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile. -Julie Burchill

There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline. -George S. Patton

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes. -Quintilian

The perfection of art is to conceal art. -Quintilian

A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from. -Lin Yutang

Jonathan is that brilliant little fire that burns within us all, that lives only for those moments when we reach perfection. -Richard Bach

The true gourmet, like the true artist, is one of the unhappiest creatures existent. His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks: perfection. -Ludwig Bemelmans

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull. -Louis Auchincloss

Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life. -Karl Barth

You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight, keep me waiting for hours – as long as what ends up on the screen is perfect. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master. -Brigham Young

Don't try to tear down other people's religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy its glories. -Brigham Young

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. -Walt Whitman

Every perfect life is a parable invented by God. -Simone Weil

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection. -H. G. Wells

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder. -John Ruskin

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. -Saint Augustine

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. -Saint Augustine

Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture. -Amos Bronson Alcott

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. -Matthew Arnold

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

The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions. -George Eliot

Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain! -Tryon Edwards

I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy. -Lee Iacocca

The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the other's bed, where the rival perfects the lover's imperfections. -Djuna Barnes

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience. -Francis Bacon

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones. -Henry Ward Beecher

I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual. -Lord Byron

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. -Mahatma Gandhi

No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less. -Jean de la Bruyere

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you. -Jean de la Bruyere

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. -Lao Tzu

If the world would only build temples to Machinery in the abstract then everything would be perfect. The painter and sculptor would have plenty to do, and could, in complete peace and suitably honored, pursue their trade without further trouble. -Wyndham Lewis

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most. -Walter Lippmann

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly. -Aldous Huxley

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy. -Aldous Huxley

The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. -Henry Kissinger

Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue. -Benjamin Haydon

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. -Mark Twain

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. -Aiden Wilson Tozer

So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born. -Edward Dahlberg

Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them. -Owen Feltham

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you. -William Makepeace Thackeray

A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves. -Swami Sivananda

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature. -Robert South

Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires. -Marquis de Sade

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas. -Laurence Sterne

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly. -Robert H. Schuller

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

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself. -Thomas Carlyle

We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving. -Cyril Connolly

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut. -Maxwell Maltz

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life. -Lewis Mumford

What are kings, when regiment is gone, but perfect shadows in a sunshine day? -Christopher Marlowe

That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown. -Christopher Marlowe

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection. -W. Somerset Maugham

Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose. -Chris Evert

A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection. Nothing less. -Pir Vilayat Khan

Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it. -Peter Marshall

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man. -Ernst Fischer

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. -John Henry Newman

God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake, nor through the ocean and the stars, but through the Son of Man, and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing. -William Lyon Phelps

The human face is the organic seat of beauty. It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul. -Eliza Farnham

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind. -Ramana Maharshi

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment. -Mahatma Gandhi

A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice. -Mahatma Gandhi

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. -James Whistler

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect. -Ted Turner

It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. -Lucinda Franks

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life. -Walter Scott

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. -George Will

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. -Milton Friedman

I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good. -Barbra Streisand

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. -Oscar Wilde

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. -Thomas Merton

Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment – this very moment – to stay. -Sam Abell

Nobody can be perfect unless he admits his faults, but if he has faults how can he be perfect? -Laurence J. Peter

Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. -Franz Kafka

Acting is the perfect idiot's profession. -Katharine Hepburn

Look, I'm not a perfect person. I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. I wear suits that are cheap. But I say what I think and I believe what I say, and I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right. -Howard Dean

Home – that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings. -Lydia M. Child

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. -Albert Camus

Be intent upon the perfection of the present day. -William Law

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present. -Friedrich Nietzsche

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. -Toni Morrison

I'm chasing perfection. -Kobe Bryant

We know no document is perfect, but when we amend the Constitution, it would be to expand rights, not to take away rights from decent, loyal Americans. This great Constitution of ours should never be used to make a group of Americans permanent second-class citizens. -Barbara Boxer

If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life – that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment – that would be the perfect state. -Cate Blanchett

You pay a price when you have an objective sentencing system. That is, nothing is perfect. -Jeff Sessions

There's no such thing as a perfect guy. I think it would be strange if somebody was absolutely everything you always wanted, because then there'd be no challenge. Also, you'd feel inferior. -Jessica Alba

Look, it's one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I'm vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don't know. -Cate Blanchett

Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand. -Alberto Moravia

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect. -Alexander Calder

There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that's impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants. -Arnold Newman

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. -Aphra Behn

I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration. -Neil Diamond

We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. -Sam Keen

There were no international terrorists in Iraq until we went in. It was we who gave the perfect conditions in which Al Qaeda could thrive. -Robin Cook

Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years. -Warren Buffett

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example. My father wasn't perfect. -Adam Sandler

I was made to be a perfectionist at everything I did. Everything was more important than what I wanted. -Dennis Quaid

When things are perfect, that's when you need to worry most. -Drew Barrymore

I guess we'd be living in a boring, perfect world if everybody wished everybody else well. -Jennifer Aniston

When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection. -Debra Messing

Let me be clear, Mr. President, mistakes have been made in Iraq. And this operation has been far from perfect as evidenced by the fact that Zarqawi and other terrorists continue to wreak havoc throughout Iraq. -Elizabeth Dole

They are more beautiful than anything in the world, kinetic sculptures, perfect form in motion. -Kate Millett

Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels. -Nikos Kazantzakis

The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization. -Karen Horney

After using four different languages on an album, it's tough to decide which one I'm gonna actually learn to speak. I always study the lyric, make sure I know what I'm singing, and try to get the pronunciation as perfect as possible. -Josh Groban

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. -Agnes Martin

Philosophies change by the day while God never changes, simply because, being perfect, He does not have to change! -Jimmy Swaggart

We're not perfect, but we do have democracy. -Hugo Chavez

There must have been something in my nature – I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now – which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy. -Conrad Veidt

I have perfected the art of putting my feet on my husband's lap during awards ceremonies so he can rub them. -Annette Bening

No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be, one ought never to be satisfied that there was not something imperfect about it until it also gives the impression of being beautiful. -George Boole

Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities. -George Boole

You can time a part perfectly and play it badly. And some people have very individual offbeat timing, which is their own. It works simply because they are who they are. -Alan Bates

If you're sitting in the audience, you probably can't see the preparation and work that goes into creating a great scene or a great part, but I can assure you that a good film depends on lot of different things falling perfectly into place. -Tobey Maguire

Joy is like restless day; but peace divine like quiet night; Lead me, O Lord, till perfect Day shall shine through Peace to Light. -Adelaide Anne Procter

I'd like to imagine that in order to beat me a person would have to play almost perfect tennis. -Venus Williams

There is a passion for perfection which you will rarely see fully developed; but you may note this fact, that in successful lives it is never wholly lacking. -Bliss Carman

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset. -Arthur Eddington

I'm busier than a busy person. People aren't scared to play this raucous, harsh music over radio speakers, so I think it's the perfect time to get in with some real serious, heavy bands. -Jason Newsted

Because I'm not perfect looking, I get to play better roles. -Juliette Lewis

I don't make an effort to be sloppy. I just don't consider a perfect hairdo and a perfect face to be beautiful. If I had my way I'd dress myself and do my own makeup for magazine shoots. -Juliette Lewis

There's a shortage of perfects breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours. -Cary Elwes

To pitch a perfect game wearing pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, it's unbelievable. Growing up a Yankee fan, to come out here and make history, it really is a dream come true. -David Wells

There are two ways to go about it. You can take a compass and draw a perfect circle and make two perfect eyes as neat as can be. Or you can do it freehand and have some fun with it. Like I did. Give it character. -Harvey Ball

To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. -Walter Chrysler

I'm a perfectionist. I'm pretty much insatiable. I feel there's so many things I can improve on. -Serena Williams

People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it. -Edith Schaeffer

My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition, here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition, that the composition moved towards perfection with the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation. -Maurice Ravel

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller. -Michael Palin

Age has been the perfect fire extinguisher for flaming youth. -Navjot Singh Sidhu

To the mind, God is a perfect criminal. He has done such a perfect crime by creating this world that mind cannot trace how He did it. That is why the mind always freaks out about God. -Prem Rawat

For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise Creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear. -Leonhard Euler

Give me the comma of imperfect striving, thus to find zest in the immediate living. Ever the reaching but never the gaining, ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top. -Winston Graham

I had given up magic, because it had reached a state of perfection. I felt that I was able to transform men into animals. I did not make use of this capability, because I believed I could not justify an intervention of this kind in the life of another person. -Wolfgang Hildesheimer

In sport there is never any moment that is the same as the other. I have been in Formula One for 12 years, and out of that I had one year with the perfect car. -Michael Schumacher

I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that's becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism. -bell hooks

I wanted to be the perfect artist. I'd do three hours of media interviews a day, going to every radio station I could squeeze in. I'd sign autographs after the show until everybody left. -Clint Black

I think anybody who has been in the theater, prefers it. Television is a… factory. You turn out things on a revolving assembly line. You don't have time to perfect anything in television. -Gale Gordon

Life is about growth. People are not perfect when they're 21 years old. -Bill Walton

If we say that anyone who 'moralizes' must be perfect morally then we are in effect saying no one can moralize. -Jonah Goldberg

I'm a perfectionist, which I think is a mistake. -Michelle Shocked

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason – the law which is perfection of reason. -Edward Coke

You're miserable, edgy and tired. You're in the perfect mood for journalism. -Warren Ellis

Well, I thought the Sex Pistols were the cream of the crop. They came in and topped everybody, for sure. They took all the existing strands and made a perfect package out of them. -Richard Hell

Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles. -Buddy Guy

Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good. -Alan Cohen

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. -D. H. Lawrence

My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind – intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect. -D. H. Lawrence

Oh the innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means. -D. H. Lawrence

The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection. -D. H. Lawrence

Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace. -River Phoenix

Freedom is a lonely battle, but if the United States doesn't lead it – sometimes imperfectly, but mostly with honor – who will? -Cal Thomas

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away. -Jim Elliot

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business. -Michael J. Fox

No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that – as is the perfect truth – it was the gift of God. -Saint Patrick

I'm a different person off the court than I am on the court, where I'm very competitive, a perfectionist, and I can be hard on myself sometimes. Off the court, nothing really bothers me. I'm easy-going. -Mary Pierce

Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves. -William Davenant

Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it. -William Tecumseh Sherman

If we are not careful, we will convey the message that investigators have to be perfect. Not true! -Richard G. Scott

I like everything perfect. Everything has to be neat. My sister is 5, and she's more messy than I am. I make my bed every morning, everything's perfect. My shoes are all arranged. It's sad. I'm a little like Ray, a little bit. -Dakota Fanning

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. -Thomas Aquinas

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. -Thomas Aquinas

My big sister Melissa, is such a stud and my little sister Suzanna, has always had a perfect body and big blue eyes. We were a force. -Jennifer Garner

Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected. -Jonathan Edwards

The only difference was one of them was trying to make a perfect cake and one of them was trying to write a great book. But if we remove that from the equation, it's the same impulse and they are equally entitled to their ecstasies and their despair. -Michael Cunningham

I'm not perfect, but I'd like to be perfect. I'm working on it. -Shelley Long

Politics is not perfect but it's the best available nonviolent means of changing how we live. -Maynard Jackson

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. -Saint Francis de Sales

My perfect girl would be pretty mad, but one you can have a conversation with. No one can be too mad for me, the madder the better. I love a crazy chick! -Lee Ryan

The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can't eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as 'progress', doesn't spread. -Andy Rooney

A god whose creation is so imperfect that he must be continually adjusting it to make it work properly seems to me a god of relatively low order, hardly worthy of any worship. -Martin Gardner

If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success. -Max Born

Once upon a perfect night, unclouded and still, there came the face of a pale and beautiful lady. The tresses of her hair reached out to make the constellations, and the dewy vapours of her gown fell soft upon the land. -Kit Williams

There is also a perfection of degrees, by which a person performs all the commands of God, with the full exertion of all his powers, without the least defect. This is what the law of God requires, but what the saints cannot attain to in this life. -Charles Buck

A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be. -Ann Plato

Vagueness is at times an indication of nearness to a perfect truth. -Charles Ives

Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive. -William Dunbar

The artist finds, that the more he can confine his attention to a particular part of any work, his productions are the more perfect, and grow under his hands in the greater quantities. -Adam Ferguson

The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people. -Thomas Guthrie

There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass. -Dan Marino

A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection. -Chuck Palahniuk

The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce. -Friedrich List

In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results. -George Pierce Baker

Maybe… there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for unlawfully detaining 120 people. Maybe they just got carried away with last year's idea of pre-emptive strikes and thought, 'Let's not wait for an actual crime to occur. Let's get the innocent. -Mark Thomas

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can't learn anything from being perfect. -Adam Osborne

To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness. -Ali ibn Abi Talib

Although images of perfection in people's personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies – utopian images – can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century. -Dennis Prager

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums. -Edsger Dijkstra

I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly. -E. T. Bell

The future for us is the foreseeable future. The South Asian, however, feels that it is perfectly realistic to think of a 'long time' in terms of thousands of years. -Edward T. Hall

Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared. -Jane Porter

For the last 30 years our cinemas have been ruled by science fiction and horror. We've had some very good Fantasy films in that time period, but for my tastes I still haven't seen fantasy done to absolute perfection. That is the hope I have in this project. -Harry Knowles

The debate about the war seems pretty robust and free. Many publications, from the New Yorker to the Nation, feel perfectly comfortable printing anti-American articles and that's fine. That's what the First Amendment is all about. -Rich Lowry

In a way I guess I'd be a bad judge of what it was like because it just seemed perfectly normal to me. -Susan Olsen

I really don't like when things are all polished and perfect – the perfect love story and the hair is perfect. -Marisa Tomei

I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur'an first and realized no person is perfect, Islam is perfect, and if we imitate the conduct of the Holy Prophet… we will be successful. -Cat Stevens

My parents did not have a perfect marriage. It was pretty good, but it was not perfect. My marriage is not perfect. My wife is, but I happen to be imperfect. However, that does not discount the fact that the definition of marriage must be defended and protected. -Stockwell Day

Ultimately, we wish the joy of perfect union with the person we love. -Mortimer Adler

I mentioned the non-competitive spirit explicitly, because these days, excellence is a fashionable concept. But excellence is a competitive notion, and that is not what we are heading for: we are heading for perfection. -Edsger Dijkstra

In our western civilization we have the glorious example, the great standard of perfection and the teachings of the Christ to guide us. He acts for us as Mediator between our personality and our Soul. -Edward Bach

Perfect health, like perfect beauty, is a rare thing; and so, it seems, is perfect disease. -Peter Latham

Complete and total perfection will come about only when we feel that our perfection is no perfections as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect. -Sri Chinmoy

I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men. -Albrecht Durer

The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe: the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time. -Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality. -Richard Courant

Because we're human beings, we're not always going to be perfect. -Benny Hinn

In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death. -Damien Hirst

I think suicide is the most perfect thing you can do in life. -Damien Hirst

So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it's bad, it's really simple. -Damien Hirst

I live a perfectly happy and comfortable life in Blair's Britain, but I can't work up much affection for the culture we've created for ourselves: it's too cynical, too knowing, too ironic, too empty of real value and meaning. -Jonathan Coe

It was also important for me to have a burning desire to achieve something worthwhile on that instrument, and I devoted many many many hours with little or no compensation to perfecting whatever I could, because I loved it so much. -Billy Sheehan

I hope to find the perfect band as well, I really do, and I'm working very hard to find that band. -Vinnie Vincent

No writer of a portion of the Bible was perfect. It was the direct and miraculous operation of the Holy Spirit that what they wrote is without mistake. -Walter Lang

It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out. -Robert Fisk

School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect and nobody's perfect so why bother. -Tre Cool

All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses. -Wislawa Szymborska

I actually knew I was going to be perfect for Def Leppard, sorry I hate to say that but I knew it. -Vivian Campbell

Even people who feel perfectly comfortable investing in the stock market and owning their own homes often have qualms about individual medical accounts or Social Security private accounts. -Jacob Hacker

I did study the art of being a barber because I wanted to figure out what my routine would be. Do you start in the front or back? Top or bottom? Swivel the chair or walk around? What I did discover is there's no such thing as the perfect haircut! -Sean Patrick Thomas

I didn't work hard to make Ruby perfect for everyone, because you feel differently from me. No language can be perfect for everyone. I tried to make Ruby perfect for me, but maybe it's not perfect for you. The perfect language for Guido van Rossum is probably Python. -Yukihiro Matsumoto

I'm not that fashion-conscious. A lot of times, when women are appearing to be so perfect, it's because they're a mess underneath. -Meg Tilly

Most times when people pitch you as being perfect for a part… they don't look at you as an actor who can transform. A lot of people are so literal. -Catherine Keener

I am not trying to give an image of a fairytale, perfect, everything else, I am just being myself. -Rebecca Loos

Sex is… perfectly natural. It's something that's pleasurable. It's enjoyable and it enhances a relationship. So why don't we learn as much as we can about it and become comfortable with ourselves as sexual human beings because we are all sexual? -Sue Johanson

I suffer much less than many of my colleagues. I am perfectly able to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival. -David Attenborough

Everything was very specific and very fitted. I can't tell you what we went through for this job in regards to full body scans and the prosthetic process that you go through and all that kind of stuff, but everything was done very specifically to fit you perfectly. -Julian McMahon

I'd rather have a part where you walk into a room and you leave. That's perfect for me. -Amy Sedaris

Some people say that practice makes perfect but I just feel that the repetition works against me and I start thinking too far ahead during a show. -Rick Allen

That's pretty much why I went into show business because I wanted to have a guitar and sing unaccompanied, that was like my fantasy of the perfect life. -Victoria Jackson

Many of their lodges remained as perfect as when occupied. They were made of poles two or three inches in diameter, set up in circular form, and covered with cedar bark. -William Henry Ashley

There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair. -Haruki Murakami

Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds. -Terry Pratchett

You're just sort of searching for this 'thing' and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo. -John Abercrombie

Classical musicians do this all the time. They want perfection. So they piece things together. Eight bars of this and six bars of that. Glenn Gould said that with a recording he wanted to make perfect versions of pieces. -John Abercrombie

I'm not perfect in my walk but I want to do the right thing. -Kirk Cameron

We'll probably have to play the perfect game. -Tim Buckley

I want to make this perfectly clear: you can be sure that I will never be a yes-man except to my own conscience. -Charles Edison

The performance of a lifetime is the perfect thing to be doing at this age because I can use the age. -Fritz Weaver

For me, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, or for flowers or beast or bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly and perfectly alive. -Al Purdy

You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel. -Michael Ondaatje

He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor. -Venerable Bede

That's why you find a lot of entertainers are insecure, because it's the perfect camouflage for insecurity. -Gloria Gaynor

I felt Brighton was a perfect ending to a really interesting career. -Harold Budd

An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen. -Irving Babbitt

Here was a fragment of Goddess myth that, through all its permutations, had somehow escaped being turned on its head. It was the perfect springboard for the sort of novel I wanted to write. -Joan D. Vinge

Sometimes it is better to begin the journey, to get under way, then it is to sit back and wait until such time that you're convinced that all conditions are perfect and that there'll be no surprises along the route. -John Engler

Everything's very perfectly balanced; for all the horrible things in the world there's lots of good things. -John Frusciante

Adam was placed in Paradise in perfect estate, and in the company of God's angels; God walked and did talk with him. He heard the voice, and beheld the presence of God. -John Jewel

This truth of the gathering together of God's children is in Scripture seen realised in various localities, and in each central locality the Christians resident therein composed but one body: Scripture is perfectly clear on that head. -John Nelson Darby

Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel, the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing, so is liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect. -Jose Marti

Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn't going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book. -Laurell K. Hamilton

You gotta know when it's time to hang up. But when I finally go, let me go out on stage, my perfect ending. Don't let me go when I'm sick or asleep. Let me be in motion. -Bobby Womack

Salesmanship, too, is an art; the perfection of its technique requires study and practice. -James Cash Penney

When I started writing a business column 15 years ago, I knew I'd found the perfect job for myself. As a columnist I could pick my own topic, do my own analysis, say what I wanted to say and attribute it to myself. Best of all, I could write in my own voice. -Allan Sloan

The dove act? I'm still working on it. I don't think it's perfect yet. I got my first pair of doves when I was 14 years old. That was the beginning of the formation of that act. So it's been 24 years now that I've been working on it. -Lance Burton

I try to be the best husband I can be, and if people respect that, that's cool. But there's no 'perfect husband.' We just all try to do the best we can, you know what I mean? -Nick Lachey

We live in an almost perfect stillness and work with incredible urgency. -Rem Koolhaas

Softly the loud peal dies, In passing winds it drowns, But breathes, like perfect joys, Tender tones. -Frederick Tennyson

Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. -James J. Corbett

You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must stay focused and work very hard at boxing. -Gerry Cooney

My father was always telling himself no one was perfect, not even my mother. -Broderick Crawford

There is nothing wrong with becoming more ambitious along the way, but I think what the government has asked the council to do is a perfectly good starting point. -Estelle Morris

A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments. -Ezra Stiles

In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom. -Ezra Stiles

But Connecticut and Rhode Island have originally realized the most perfect polity as to a legislature. -Ezra Stiles

Actually, I can't imagine anything more tedious than a perfect person, especially if it was someone who also demanded perfection from me. -Hugh Mackay

I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties. -Hugh Mackay

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. -Hugh Mackay

And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious. -John Crowe Ransom

Without knowing this, no man can dress a horse perfectly. -William Cavendish

By this way you may dress all sorts of horses in the utmost perfection, if you know how to practice it; a thing that is very easy in the hands of a master. -William Cavendish

Many things are unknown to the wisest, and the best men can never wholly divest themselves of passions and affections… nothing can or ought to be permanent but that which is perfect. -Algernon Sidney

Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection. -Kim Collins

What scared me in that debate is that it's not about the ownership rules at all. The vast majority of people don't even know what the rules say, to be perfectly candid. Name all six of them. -Michael K. Powell

Man has now become an adjunct to perfect and carry forward these conquests. -Albert Claude

Man, like other organisms, is so perfectly coordinated that he may easily forget, whether awake or asleep, that he is a colony of cells in action, and that it is the cells which achieve, through him, what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself. -Albert Claude

Often something comes in from which you can see that the person is good, the book may not be perfect as it is, and the person doesn't want to do a re-write. That's something we do almost nothing of. -James Laughlin

To be perfectly honest, drama is a lot simpler than comedy. -Nikki Cox

I thought it would be a lot of fun and I wasn't going to do the movie without Johnny. The studio suggested a couple people, and I'd never met Johnny, but I thought we'd be a perfect team for this movie because we're both a little bit unpredictable. -Seann William Scott

I remember seeing some little wrinkles in my early 30s and thinking they were interesting. But you know the horror of it is that the screen image has to be perfect. -Claire Bloom

I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion. -Dean Koontz

Freedom from care and anxiety of mind is a blessing, which I apprehend such people enjoy in higher perfection than most others, and is of the utmost consequence. -William Falconer

You'll remember Dr. Rice said that several times: It was not a warning about the place and the method and the time – it was a general warning. And that points out the imperfection, if you would, of our intelligence. -Lee H. Hamilton

We're five people, five individuals who came together to create something, to make music and to complete each other musically, to form a perfect circle. -Maynard James Keenan

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle. -Nicolaus Copernicus

A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft. -Patti LaBelle

I think the things I wanted answered have been answered by people in the know that we can't talk about, so I'm perfectly happy with how Chewie came to be where he is and what is going on in Episode III. -Peter Mayhew

So, I completely and utterly support David and Gillian's decision to go to Los Angeles, but I think that Vancouver is the perfect location for the show. -Nicholas Lea

Some things can be perfectly expressed by sound alone and images would only be disturbing. Other times, sound would be possible, but visuals are much stronger and closer to what I want to express and then again, they sometimes overlap perfectly. -Alva Noto

Even if you build the perfect reactor, you're still saddled with a people problem and an equipment problem. -David R. Brower

That was the big secret. Walt would do things over and over again, with no regard to money, to get things perfect. -Frank Tashlin

Thelonious Sphere Monk: there's not a more perfect name to fit his compositions than that name. -Matthew Shipp

The treatise found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them. -Michael Scheuer

For love is a willful stirring of our thoughts unto God, so that it receive nothing that is against the love of Jesus Christ, and therewith that it be lasting in sweetness of devotion; and that is the perfection of this life. -Richard Rolle

We're quite into graphics that are simultaneously two- and three-dimensional. But I can't really elaborate any further because it's not something – we haven't really perfected it. -Sean Booth

Mark Hammond is working in this area, with Windows Scripting Host. It is definitely an area where Python fits almost perfectly. That's quite independent from Java, actually. -Guido van Rossum

I am perfectly willing for my music to exist with somebody else's taste. -David Tudor

I'm a perfectionist. I'm not going to cheat the people. -Dick Dale

As the leaders and decision-makers of this great state, it is our responsibility to strive for perfection. -Roy Barnes

High tech companies that focus on research, development and production will learn that they can be the perfect complement to our world-renowned agriculture heritage. -Alan Autry

When I joined Custer I donned the uniform of a soldier. It was a bit awkward at first but I soon got to be perfectly at home in men's clothes. -Calamity Jane

Not much to be perfectly honest! I thought The Phantom Menace was terrible, except for the Pod Race. -David Prowse

No, but a cello is the perfect string bass for an accordion. Works with it beautifully. -Elizabeth Moon

Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society? -Robert Shea

What can be indissoluble if a perpetual Union, made more perfect, is not? -Salmon P. Chase

My spine healed incorrectly. There were long periods when I'd be perfectly all right, and then there were many other times when I wasn't, when my back would give out and throw me down to the floor amid waves of nauseating pain. -Dick York

The practice of the law is a perfectly distinct art. -Frederick Pollock

I don't think I've found the perfect job for me, but I know what I like, so that's halfway there, right? -Colleen Haskell

We're imperfect people trapped in an imperfect world until we get to that place beyond. -Kathie Lee Gifford

For many of those who had historically supported welfare programs in the broadest sense, it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them. -Barney Frank

Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm. -David Rockefeller

One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight, which it can't. -Ken Thompson

In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound – whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle. -Lou Reed

When I record an album I'm trying to get as close as possible to that perfect moment. -Lou Reed

However, don't let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started. -Marilu Henner

Yeah, I think A Confederacy of Dunces is probably the perfect New Orleans book. -Poppy Z. Brite

Sometimes, political campaigns make decent people act and talk like perfect buffoons. -Tony Snow

On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity of imperfection coming into the film. -Walter Salles

He's written some great songs. I thought that 'Blues Man' was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute. -Alan Jackson

I'd just recorded it in Mariah Carey's studio. THey thought the song was perfect for Nina, because she's so shy, so it was nice to have that connection with Nina in the song. It was special. -Delta Goodrem

I've spent a lot of time researching the subject and government deception. So to be involved in Star Trek is perfect for me. I enjoy meeting the fans and discussing my interests with them. -Dwight Schultz

For the purposes of the play, it was perfect to be able to use that and the stresses and strains that there were. At the end of the play, the mother realizes the terrible things she had done. -Fay Wray

I think the studio gave me that series on purpose, because they knew perfectly well that Robert Riskin was ill and that I needed to go to work. They gave me that series to do. -Fay Wray

I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really. -Haile Gebrselassie

I know that Julia has been given to me for my spiritual growth, and this moment is perfect for us both. I know that I love her, and I know she's my soul mate. -Kenny Loggins

People had this image of the Jacksons as the perfect American family and I destroyed that image. But what people have to understand is writing that book was very healing for me. -LaToya Jackson

I didn't want readers to have to make allowances for what they couldn't see, but to be able to say to themselves that the fabric of the magic detailed was perfectly believable. -Terry Brooks

And my marriage was perfect when I wasn't famous. -Damon Wayans

It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases, when everything goes right, or when all the information required is available in proper format. -Donald Norman

Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It's about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain. -Celine Dion

I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect. -Spike Lee

There's an unwritten law that you cannot have a Jewish character in a film who isn't 100 percent perfect, or you're labeled anti-Semitic. -Spike Lee

Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect. -Alan Dean Foster

I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything again about how I work with Ethan, or whether we have arguments, or… you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years. I suppose it's interesting to people. -Joel Coen

We have an uncanny ability to make birds do what we want them to do. In Blood Simple there's a shot from the bumper of a car and it's going up this road and a huge flock of birds takes off at the perfect moment. -Joel Coen

Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life. -Branford Marsalis

Well, you know, I mean, she was so wonderful, and she really played the role to perfection. -Julianne Moore

Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition. -Nadia Comaneci

I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy. -Billy Eckstine

Golf has become so manicured, so perfect. The greens, the fairways. I don't like golf carts. I like walking. Some clubs won't let you in unless you have a caddy and a cart. -Robert Redford

I don't always like my own behavior. I haven't known anyone who is perfect all the time. -Jennifer Connelly

It's rare when you have everything going perfectly all at the same time. -Sigourney Weaver

The Way is basically perfect. It doesn't require perfecting. -Bodhidharma

I wanted nothing else than to make the object as perfect as possible. -Erno Rubik

Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly, layered one over the other. -Kevin Kelly

We can use techniques in modifying things, in controlling things, but the first impulse has to be something that you simply cannot make just out of technique, or else it becomes perfectly evident that it is nothing but technique that you're exercising. -Leo Ornstein

I'm perfectly fine now if I never went on stage again. -Tina Turner

The perfection in theater is that it's over the second it's done. -William Hurt

I'm looking for the perfect paintball movie. -William Shatner

After all, C++ isn't a perfect match for Java's design aims either. -Bjarne Stroustrup

A band is sort of like a star. It reaches a peak and burns out. To have five guys working in perfect harmony longer than a couple years is difficult. -Adrian Smith

The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes. -E. Stanley Jones

Watching Jodie on this is incredible; it's the perfect role for her. It's so intense and so emotional. She just jumped right into it and is so professional. -Erika Christensen

I keep these songs in my head until I get behind the microphone. I never spend more than 30 or 40 minutes singing the vocal or it will sound mechanical. There are always mistakes, but it's about feeling more than being perfect. -Brian McKnight

There's a certain elitism that has crept into the attitudes of some in journalism, and it played out perfectly over the issue of these little American flag lapel pins. -Brit Hume

I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me. -Hugh Leonard

It is perfectly obvious that no one nor any single country can save the world from the horrors of tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and winged influenza. -Richard Reeves

I found longer races boring. I found the mile just perfect. -Roger Bannister

I think that is a universal adolescent feeling, trying to find your place. The adolescent who is perfectly adjusted to his environment, I've yet to meet. -Roger Bannister

In a perfect world, I could be doing some bigger films and balance that with some independent films because they seem to be the most challenging and unique. -Sherilyn Fenn

There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything. -Twyla Tharp

I didn't know how well my first album had done; it was enough to get me to do the second album, which was a continuation of the music I'd worked on and perfected. -Roberta Flack

This perfection is the restoration of man to the state of holiness from which he fell, by creating him anew in Christ Jesus, and restoring to him that image and likeness of God which he has lost. -Adam Clarke

To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence. -Adam Clarke

Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect. -Adam Clarke

The thing that I like about the way characters are written on the show these days is that nobody's perfect. Everyone has made a lot of mistakes and bad choices. -Crystal Chappell

I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little. -Dan O'Brien

It was a perfectly average well- adjusted childhood, not a bit unlike that of millions of other individuals. -DeForest Kelley

My ambition is peace and perfection. -DeForest Kelley

Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the natural lot of mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair. -Tokugawa Ieyasu

You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football. I don't say they are perfect, I say English football has a few things to learn from them in the same way they have a lot of things to learn from English football. -Jose Mourinho

It's a video release as well so I have to be perfectly honest and go, probably not specifically for DVD, but there are extra bits on it that aren't on anything else, so as exciting as that sounds. -Jo Brand

By crying on my bed, drinking quite a lot and feeling tempted by drugs. Well, just not reading it to be perfectly honest with you. I know it's a bit of a copout. -Jo Brand

They put me on the shift where they thought I could do the least harm, midnight to eight in the morning. Although the hours were lousy, they were perfect for an apprentice reporter. -Andrea Mitchell

Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke, however imperfectly, and read in great quantities, at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly different from either Latin or Greek. -Robert Fitzgerald

What we want the folks in Ethiopia to know is that we are behind them in the democratic process. We know it is not perfect, as we are still working on ours; but we wish them success in this great and noble endeavor. -Jack Kingston

Marriage is an institution fits in perfect harmony with the laws of nature; whereas systems of slavery and segregation were designed to brutally oppress people and thereby violated the laws of nature. -Jack Kingston

I want to be perfect. I don't want to fail. And you always fail. -Robin Wright

The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice. -Lucinda Williams

Around age 40 I put on twenty pounds. I had always had a perfect metabolism. But, my metabolism betrayed me as it does most people, except a very rare few who will always be thin. -Suzanne Somers

Absolutely not, because in acting I've found a domain that suits me perfectly. And that is so utterly rare. -Zhang Ziyi

Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work, and speaking openly about one's life, to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity. -Joyce Maynard

I am sensible of the velocity of the moments, and entering that part of my head alert to the motion of the world I am aware that life was never perfect, never absolute. This bestows contentment, even a fearlessness. -Harold Brodkey

God is an immensity, while this disease, this death, which is in me, this small, tightly defined pedestrian event, is merely and perfectly real, without miracle – or instruction. -Harold Brodkey

Paradise is too perfect for humanity. -Dario Argento

The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all. -Arvo Part

We're far from perfect. It's a human enterprise. -Bob Schieffer

The biological task of science is to provide the fully developed human individual with as perfect a means of orientating himself as possible. No other scientific ideal can be realised, and any other must be meaningless. -Ernst Mach

I don't remember my mother ever playing with me. And she was a perfectly good mother. But she had to do the laundry and clean the house and do the grocery shopping. -Patricia Heaton

But at school, I wasn't athletic, and if you're not athlete in high school, it's kind of hard to find your place, so play practice seemed perfect, especially if you were as uncoordinated as I was. -Piper Perabo

But there's nothing that gives me more thrill than when I'm writing and a couplet works. I find the right rhyme, or it's just perfect. There's nothing that exciting. -Rosanne Cash

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection. -Conrad Hall

Whence it follows that God is absolutely perfect, since perfection is nothing but magnitude of positive reality, in the strict sense, setting aside the limits or bounds in things which are limited. -Gottfried Leibniz

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand. -George Henry Lewes

I'm a four star general in this thing, and you don't rise to the ranks of a four star general by hanging about the house being the perfect dad. -Sam Elliott

Tech Jacket shares the same tone as Invincible, but the subject matter is very different. Where Invincible is about perfection, Tech Jacket is about flaws. -Robert Kirkman

I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals. -Julius Erving

There is no magic person out there, no perfect human being out there waiting for you. -Helen Reddy

France generates a significant part of its energy requirements from fission reactors and these have achieved a perfect safety record. We build ours all differently. -Wilson Greatbatch

What the hell did I do in the 80's? Midnight Run. A perfect movie. Just a perfect movie. -Joe Pantoliano

An order of government, established by such an all-wise, powerful being, must be good and perfect, and must be calculated to promote the permanent peace, happiness, and well-being of all his subjects. -Orson Pratt

That is what great athletes can do: they give us a model of striving for human perfection. -Armstrong Williams

To morrow, I believe, is to be an eclipse of the sun, and I think it perfectly meet and proper that the sun in the heavens, and the glory of the Republic should both go into obscurity and darkness together. -Benjamin F. Wade

I think that there are empty ecological niches in the literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book more or less fills a niche it's seized on, even when it's a far from perfect fit. -Edmund White

He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties, however usefully or curiously directed, is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows only the exercise of muscles. -Frances Wright

Now, therefore, the Directors of the company are hereby ordered to see that precautions are taken to make travel on said railroad perfectly safe by using a screw with at least twenty-four inches diameter. -Joshua A. Norton

It was one of the most exciting, perfect evenings of my life, my solo debut at Carnegie Hall. And knowing we were all there to raise money for Gay Men's Health Crisis made the evening an extraordinary experience. -Bernadette Peters

I'm totally convinced I can write the perfect pop song. -Moon Unit Zappa

When I found the music of Monk I finally found music that fit that horn. Every one of his tunes fit it perfectly. -Steve Lacy

For a London play, rehearsal time would be four weeks for the entire show. In films, I'd spend six weeks on the big dance numbers to get them perfect before the actual shooting. -Jessie Matthews

In films, the fact that you can always do a scene again takes a load off your mind, enabling you to strive for perfection, which I always wanted. -Jessie Matthews

Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing. -James Broughton

I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not. -Michael Pollan

The short story, on the other hand, is the perfect American form. -Tobias Wolff

No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty. -Albrecht Durer

I was actually perfectly happy when I had no money, which lasted right up until we had a hit with Killer Queen, in 1974. I never wanted for anything. -Brian May

If kids like a picture book, they're going to read it at least 50 times. Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections start to feel like gravel in the bed. -Mark Haddon

Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English. -Roald Dahl

I think it's great that she's not perfect and wasn't perfect. I think that's maybe why so many young girls and different people look up to Mac and respect her even more. -Catherine Bell

No constitution is or can be perfectly symmetrical, what it can and must be is generally accepted as both fair and usable. -Ferdinand Mount

I have been hunted for twenty-one years. I have literally lived in the saddle. I have never known a day of perfect peace. -Frank James

Then hast our the Red Stone perfect with less labour, expense of time and costs, for the which ever thank God. -George Ripley

I'm off at least three or four days a week, so it's a perfect job, really. -James Denton

In life, there are no perfect affections. -James Merrill

We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive. -Jeff Miller

Your bat is your life. It's your weapon. You don't want to go into battle with anything that feels less than perfect. -Lou Brock

Not to say that corporations are perfect today, but even grand corporations like Dupont have made immense progress in translating some of their past environmentally damaging practices into new profit opportunities. -Maurice Strong

But that the reasoning from these facts, the drawing from them correct conclusions, is a matter of great difficulty, may be inferred from the imperfect state in which the Science is now found after it has been so long and so intensely studied. -Nassau William Senior

Part of the beauty of the show in a way is that he's not perfect, but you can always count on him to do the right thing in a pinch. That's why he inspires people and inspires me. -Stephen Collins

My favorite holiday spot has to be New York, on the St. Lawrence River. Without a doubt that area there is perfect for me. Very, very spacious. It's nice. -Tom Felton

For this is our most perfect duty and yet least known to us by nature: Whatever we conceive or will should be joined with the good of our neighbor. -William Ames

In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor. -William Ames

In the exercise of God's efficiency, the decree of God comes first. This manner of working is the most perfect of all and notably agrees with the divine nature. -William Ames

The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal. -William Ames

The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature. -William Ames

If the same phrase in the same place created the right effect, I was perfectly prepared to use it every time. I wasn't worried that I wasn't improvising. -Alexis Korner

There is a joke that your hammer will always find nails to hit. I find that perfectly acceptable. -Benoit Mandelbrot

All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. -Gustav Mahler

I've always looked for the perfect life to step into. I've taken all the paths to get where I wanted. But no matter where I go, I still come home. -Layne Staley

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body. -Stan Getz

I like playing flawed characters, people who aren't perfect. -Tom Berenger

Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work the least, for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the perfect idea that they subsequently express with their hands. -Giorgio Vasari

A studio recording is perfection, but emotion and passion come only when you turn on the machine and go for the groove. If you do that with no mistakes, it sounds beautiful. -Chuck Mangione

I made many studio albums and I think the danger of studio recording is that if you do not watch out, you come out with a perfectly sterile performance. -Chuck Mangione

Folks, this is perfect weather for today's game. Not a breath of air. -Curt Gowdy

A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not. -Dalton Trumbo

So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less. -Douglas Sirk

In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely! -Edmund Husserl

The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness. -Edmund Husserl

For me Brazilian music is the perfect mix of melody and rhythm. It just bubbles rhythmically. If I had to pick just one music style to play if would be Brazilian. -Herbie Mann

The first object of my endeavours was the means to become perfect and happy. -Johann Heinrich Lambert

If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry. -John Drinkwater

Poe's saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just. -John Drinkwater

The poet's perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience; what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best possible way, that is, completely. -John Drinkwater

When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life. -John Drinkwater

There was a village watercolour society and they'd come and paint in my field. I watched them from the window, the way they would struggle this way and that to find the perfect moment. God has made every angle on that beautiful, and I felt that tremendously. -Nicolas Roeg

But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity. -Niklaus Wirth

It's hard to be perfect, It really is. I keep learning things after I've already bungled it. -Tina Weymouth

Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object. -Henry Fuseli

I think life is full of challenges and problems. I don't believe that anyone is perfect. We all make mistakes. It's not a bed of roses, and you have to work real hard at it. -Nigel Mansell

I'm very interested to see how this new painting will go – I know I want it big and stark, and as I said, I follow the muse, and that's when it always works perfectly for me. -Jackie DeShannon

Therefore it does not help to sneer at the imperfection of today's reality or to preach absolutes as a daily agenda. -Gustav Heinemann

It is absurd to look for perfection. -Camille Pissarro

Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me. -Elvis Costello

I am perfectly conscious that this contempt and hatred underlies the general tone of the community towards us, and yet when I even remotely hint at the fact that we are not a favorite people I am accused of stirring up strife and setting barriers between the two sects. -Emma Lazarus

Now whatever the origin of this apparently meaningless jumble of ideas may have been, it is really a perfect and very slightly allegorical expression of the actual present views we hold today. -Frederick Soddy

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. -Gertrude Jekyll

Since, therefore, no man is born without faults, and he is esteemed the best whose errors are the least, let the wise man consider everything human as connected with himself; for in worldly affairs there is no perfect happiness under heaven. -Giraldus Cambrensis

These airplanes we have today are no more than a perfection of a child's toy made of paper. -Henri Coanda

Heat can also be produced by the impact of imperfectly elastic bodies as well as by friction. This is the case, for instance, when we produce fire by striking flint against steel, or when an iron bar is worked for some time by powerful blows of the hammer. -Hermann von Helmholtz

If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use. -John Woolman

Only one of us would usually sing lead. Which most of the time was, Mickey or Dave. They thought it was perfectly a natural routine, because Mickey and Dave saw themselves as TV actors. -Peter Tork

The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy, which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy, an august civil polity or a great art. -Ralph Adams Cram

We also maintain – again with perfect truth – that mystery is more than half of beauty, the element of strangeness that stirs the senses through the imagination. -Richard Le Gallienne

If I have to do something, I feel I should do it perfectly, and ofcourse, Hindi language is a problem. -Soundarya

This was the first day of our beginning to take up plants: we had much pleasure in collecting them for the natives offered their assistance and perfectly understood the method of taking them up and pruning them. -William Bligh

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence. -Robert Mapplethorpe

I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied. -Robert Mapplethorpe

People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music. -Paul Simon

Nobody's perfect. The only one that ever was, was crucified. -Loretta Lynn

I learned to yodel pretty well. It took me a few months, but I eventually perfected it. -Johnny Weissmuller

For young filmmakers, Saw is a perfect film. It doesn't cost the GNP of almost every country of the world. -Donnie Wahlberg

The fuss that actors began making about the difficulty of shifting to sound struck me as perfectly foolish. -Gloria Swanson

As a result of the World War and of a peace whose imperfections and risks are no longer denied by anyone, are we not even further away from the great aspirations and hopes for peace and fraternity than we were one or two decades ago? -Hjalmar Branting

I think initially we wanted to use the first letter of the character's name. We thought S was perfect. -Joe Shuster

But God, who is the Eternal Mind, is undoubtedly of excellence, complete and perfect in every part. -Lactantius

For if God is a title of the highest power, He must be incorruptible, perfect, incapable of suffering, and subject to no other being; therefore they are not gods whom necessity compels to obey the one greatest God. -Lactantius

Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there's nothing there, how can anything go wrong? -Richard Brautigan

We procured from an Indian a weasel perfectly white except the extremity of the tail which was black: great numbers of wild geese are passing to the south, but their flight is too high for us to procure any of them. -Meriwether Lewis

By perfecting this legislative machinery and by participating in the various international agreements we intend to contribute to the wholesome development of world trade. -Shigeru Yoshida

Violence and irrationality were so long and thoroughly cultivated among the Irish, and so perfectly ingrained into their nature, that modern civilization has as yet been unable to extract the virus. -Thomas Mellon

Criminals were coming to Chechnya from all over the world – they did not have a place in their own countries. But they could live perfectly well in Chechnya. -Akhmad Kadyrov

Disco B still rolls with me now. He's still doing his thing. He does clubs in different places. He was very instrumental in helping me perfect my craft. -Grandmaster Flash

And my dad wanted me to play the trumpet because that's what he liked. His idol was Louis Armstrong. My dad thought my teeth came together in a way that was perfect for playing the trumpet. -Jackson Browne

The object of man's worship, whatever it be, will naturally be his standard of perfection. He clothes it with every attribute, belonging, in his view, to a perfect character; and this character he himself endeavors to attain. -Simon Greenleaf

Lucy is such a perfectionist. -Desi Arnaz

I'm lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with. -Sara Paretsky

I'm perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it's all women. I always think it's kind of odd, but then, more women than men, I think, read and write poetry. -Diane Wakoski

I don't think the game should be perfect. It's 95 percent mistakes out there – you have to work with 10 players on your side and another 11 against you. It's a crazy, chaotic game. -Tiffeny Milbrett

But I think Steve's main contribution besides just the pure leadership is his passion for excellence. He's a perfectionist. Good enough isn't good enough. And also his creative spirit. You know he really, really wants to do something great. -Andy Hertzfeld

It is said that a hundred gamecocks will live in perfect harmony together it you do not put a hen with them; and so it would have been with Billy and Bob, had there been no women in the world. -Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

Actors who are lovers in real life are often incapable if playing the part of lovers to an audience. It is equally true that sympathy between actors who are not lovers may create a temporary emotion that is perfectly sincere. -Ivor Novello

In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society's feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony. -Juan Goytisolo

Save for minor ailments and accident, my battalion is practically immune from sickness; colds come and go as a matter of course, sprains and cuts claim momentary attention, but otherwise the health of the battalion is perfect. -Patrick MacGill

I am somebody who… – I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I need that freedom, that ability to make mistakes out there. Because there's a fine line between making a mistake or being brilliant. -Tiffeny Milbrett

The benefits of the accomplished journey cannot be weighed in terms of perfect moments, but in terms of how this journey affects and changes our character. -Ella Maillart

The rocket had worked perfectly, and all I had to do was survive the reentry forces. You do it all, in a flight like that, in a rather short period of time, just 16 minutes as a matter of fact. -Alan Shepard

An intellectual is going to have doubts, for example, about a fundamentalist religious doctrine that admits no doubt, about an imposed political system that allows no doubt, about a perfect aesthetic that has no room for doubt. -Antonio Tabucchi

But democracy isn't a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance. -Antonio Tabucchi

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection. -Antonio Tabucchi

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now, or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice, selfishness, ambition, and injustice. -Elihu Root

The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament of man with authority to control the conduct of nations by legislation or an international police force with power to enforce national conformity to rules of right conduct is a counsel of perfection. -Elihu Root

We taped all this and then got it transcribed and picked the best lines or ideas or ways to take a scene. I've done that many times, and it can improve the script but also wreck a perfectly good scene. -John Schlesinger

By his disobedience of God's law, before man had exercised his power to bring children into the earth, not only Adam lost everything for himself, but his children were born as sinners, imperfect, and without the right to live. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

The earth incites the wonder and admiration of man even though he is imperfect and his understanding greatly limited. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection, must therefore first study Logic, next the various branches of Mathematics in their proper order, then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics. -Maimonides

Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency of our understanding and of its limited extent is an assertion founded only on the Bible: for philosophers likewise assert the same, and perfectly understand it,- without having regard to any religion or opinion. -Maimonides

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment, depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible. -Maimonides

Even if you play perfectly, a fault of your opponent's can destroy the entire beauty of the game. -Vladimir Kramnik

In a perfect world, you would be able to hold onto everyone. But It's not realistic. The changes with NYPD have been progressive and have taken the show to new levels. -Dennis Franz

I'm a perfectionist. I need to be needed. I need to do things for a man. But I don't need to do them as much, these days. -Jacqueline Bisset

For me, music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion. -Luciano Pavarotti

I'm a perfectionist, and I always think that I can do better what I have done, even if it's good. -Luciano Pavarotti

When I got there, all the pasta and science stuff hadn't quite caught on in England – things that were perfectly acceptable then wouldn't be tolerated now. -Robbie Fowler

The treble parade would have been the most perfect moment of my footballing life, but for the two people standing behind me, clearly already plotting their next move. -Robbie Fowler

I had a blast, but I still wonder sometimes why they saw me as the perfect guy for this strange character. -Mike Myers

I jump out of perfectly good airplanes, and it's a great thrill and it allows me to share in the dangers that our great men and women in uniform share in on a regular basis. -Hugh Shelton

All my children inherited perfect pitch. -Chevy Chase

I'm a con artist in that I'm an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn't. -John Lithgow

I think the voice does that perfectly adequately without being imitated by other instruments. -Evan Parker

Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property. -Lawrence Lessig

I'm a perfectionist. -Natalie Imbruglia

The pictures are created by the listener, with a little help from the broadcaster. The pictures are perfect. If you're showing pictures, different things in that picture can distract from the spoken word. -Bob Edwards

OK, the wonderful thing about soccer is, a football is a perfectly round object, and it doesn't make mistakes. The player using it makes mistakes. And the more you use it, the less mistakes you make. -Craig Johnston

When I started working with mirrors, it seemed to be the perfect material to stand in for that waiting. -Jim Hodges

I was feeling a strong need to change, grow, and break with particular things that were going on in my life and my history, and the material was the perfect answer for that. -Jim Hodges

Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing. -Joseph Priestley

It is becoming more widely acknowledged that it is better to have a good constitution than not having a perfect one. -Romano Prodi

If I don't tell it all now, the story in the history books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong. -Christine Keeler

I think UNC and Lorrie Fair is a perfect match. -Lorrie Fair

If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands. -Polykarp Kusch

In fact, things are moving along rather well in Iraq. Nothing is perfect, of course, and freedom is messy work. The cooperation of the three major interests in Iraq has been remarkable. -John Linder

MP3's are perfect. -Kristin Hersh

We need a day of the dead. That's a perfect celebration. -Kristin Hersh

We waited until we perfected the dog food, and then we worked on the cat food. Even though it's not going through the roof the way the dog food is, I think it will catch on eventually. -Dick Van Patten

Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans. -John T. Flynn

So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman. -Allen Tate

I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected. -Louise Brown

We went to a small lake, Bass Lake. It was beautiful. It was perfectly still when we got there in the morning. The fog was lifting off the water. It was just magical. And we did catch some fish, 13 fish. -Jennifer Granholm

I was a black singer with a white voice, a perfect pop voice. -Brenda Holloway

Our society is not perfect and this will come as no surprise to many of you. -Barbara Amiel

But you're not necessarily ever going to be handed a script where you can say: it's all done and perfect. -Alison Lohman

With four perfectionists in the band, we have a hard time reaching perfection. -Adam Jones

I'm my own worst critic and I think everyone in the band is a perfectionist. -Adam Jones

It's a perfectly valid position to not like Shakespeare. -Ted Rall

As we grew to love South Australia, we felt that we were in an expanding society, still feeling the bond to the motherland, but eager to develop a perfect society, in the land of our adoption. -Catherine Helen Spence

My commitment to Atlanta and passion for sports and competition make this acquisition a perfect fit for me. -Arthur Blank

I do what I can to make young people understand that drugs can destroy their lives. I'm the perfect example of what people can accomplish when they have regained a sane body and spirit. -Don Johnson

I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination. -Maya Lin

It's been a great honor for me to be a player for the Detroit Red Wings, to play for an Original Six franchise. I know I'm far from perfect, but I learned a lot. -Steve Yzerman

Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite. -Sri Aurobindo

India saw from the beginning, and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight, that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities. -Sri Aurobindo

The basis, the corner-stone of this Government, was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it. -Robert Toombs

We have shown that Islam can rule the world perfectly for 14 centuries, and during this time of Muslim power we did not borrow ideas like democracy from others, so why do we need to learn democracy from them now? -Abu Bakar Bashir

Islam is perfect, there is nothing to be added or changed. -Abu Bakar Bashir

John's time and effort were, in the main, spent on pretty honorable stuff. As for the other side, well, nobody's perfect, nobody's Jesus. And look what they did to him. -Paul McCartney

Nobody's perfect. Everyone slides here and there, and they have their ups and downs. When they are down, that is not the time to step all over them. -Neal Schon

Quest is at the heart of what I do-the holy grail, and the terror that you'll never find it, seemed a perfect metaphor for life. -Jeanette Winterson

Everybody wants to be perfect. -Isaiah Thomas

How is the base sequence, divided into codons? There is nothing in the backbone of the nucleic acid, which is perfectly regular, to show us how to group the bases into codons. -Francis Crick

I fully realize that the new organization is a human rather than a perfect instrumentality for the attainment of its great objective. As time goes on it will, I am sure, be improved. -Cordell Hull

I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth. -Kate Smith

It's a perfectly human instinct to want to be near water. -Stone Gossard

Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect. -Shaquille O'Neal

Well, one thing that has happened is they have had a presidential election in Egypt which has represented progress. Now, we were not happy with everything that happened with the parliamentary elections, and it was not exactly a perfect presidential election in Egypt. -Roger Wicker

So, yeah, I think it had a major effect. I think in franchising younger people, it was just an idea that's never been trotted out before, but it makes perfectly good sense. -Kurt Loder

I thought, this is a good sign. There's something perfect and right about this. -Jeff Goldblum

As I look back now I can see that I was a perfect little aristocrat. -James Weldon Johnson

Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination, and everything came out perfect. -Jack Prelutsky

I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you, however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to make anthropology what it is at the present time. -Franz Boas

Part of the problem is when we bring in a new technology we expect it to be perfect in a way that we don't expect the world that we're familiar with to be perfect. -Esther Dyson

Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson

It's the perfect definition of a settlement. Both parties didn't get what they wanted. -David Geffen

When I began my search for the perfect skin care to fight the aging process, I noticed that my sensitive skin was reacting horribly to any product I used. -Connie Sellecca

We got to this point by constantly perfecting our products. -Connie Sellecca

I was just the perfect person to play the Mini-Me character. -Verne Troyer

Style is the perfection of a point of view. -Richard Eberhart

These funerals always appear to me the more indecent in a populous city, from the total indifference of the beholders, and the perfect unconcern with which they are beheld. -Karl Philipp Moritz

I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk; for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly; I have seen it only by moonlight. -Karl Philipp Moritz

To give a body and a perfect form to one's thought, this – and only this – is to be an artist. -Jacques-Louis David

Christ bears with the saints' imperfections; well may the saints one with another. -William Gurnall

When I was 21 I stopped and got married. I tried for a while to be the perfect wife, society this, society that but it wasn't working, so after about a year I went back to work. -Pia Zadora

Storytelling is the only studio movie where the censorship is perfectly clear, the only studio movie with a big red box covering up a shot. I take pride in that – and, of course, in having avoided the fate of Eyes Wide Shut. -Todd Solondz

Yes was a band where we could explore some of those ideas, but I knew that if I wanted to get into orchestral music and make a living at it, movies seemed to be a perfect spot. -Trevor Rabin

I have loved hosting over the years, simply because I love working with people. It's the perfect job. -Wink Martindale

Mr. Speaker, the goal of stem cell research should be to help our fellow human beings. The debate on this issue has, unfortunately, moved into dangerous unethical territory when perfectly moral alternatives exist. -Jim Ryun

I've been perfectly happily married for 25 years, and have a nice life. Inane things don't interest me. -Geezer Butler

Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart. -Kevyn Aucoin

Don't strive to be perfect. Strive for excellence. -Victoria Principal

I'm not perfect. -Brett Favre

I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless. But his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did. -Candice Bergen

The weather is perfect. The gods are shining on us. -Frank Shorter

When people start writing there is this idea that you have to get everything right first time, every sentence has to be perfect, every paragraph has to be perfect, every chapter has to be perfect, but what you're doing is not any kind of public show, until you're ready for it. -Irvine Welsh

My marriage? Up to now everything's okay. But it's a real marriage – imperfect and very difficult. It's all about people evolving somewhat simultaneously through their lives. I think we've emotionally evolved. -Jamie Lee Curtis

I mean, I spent 30 years in the world of physical perfection, right? I've known most of the world's most perfect physical specimens over the course of the last 30 years. -Jim Lampley

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the imperfection of our nature; thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not. -Joseph Butler

God Almighty is, to be sure, unmoved by passion or appetite, unchanged by affection; but then it is to be added that He neither sees nor hears nor perceives things by any senses like ours; but in a manner infinitely more perfect. -Joseph Butler

I'm never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist, it's part of who I am. -Michael Jackson

My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection. -Michael Jackson

However, from the very beginning of the program, we made it perfectly clear that we would be out of Europe in four years; that whatever was to be accomplished had to be accomplished in that period of time. -Paul Hoffman

Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia. -Paul Wellstone

I don't believe in perfection. I don't think there is such a thing. But the energy of wanting things to be great is a perfectionist energy. -Reese Witherspoon

Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals. -Robert Anton Wilson

The web of life is a beautiful and meaningless dance. The web of life is a process with a moving goal. The web of life is a perfectly finished work of art right where I am sitting now. -Robert Anton Wilson

For me, I have to say that I like to work a lot too, but I like not working better. The perfect scenario is when you just worked and you know something's coming up, then you have four, five, six months off. But you know you're going to have a job later. -Salma Hayek

I feel like I'm a stay-at-home mom, which I was for the five years before this. She's absolutely been my focus. That's the choice I made. Desperate Housewives is perfect for me. I get to go back to work and still be able to take my daughter to school and pick her up. -Teri Hatcher

By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us. -Barbara Mandrell

We had to go all through the night thinking that our baby was dead. When God showed him to us, he wasn't dead, he was sucking his thumb. God had him safe and sound. He is a miracle. He is so healthy, so perfect, and God has really, really blessed us. -Barbara Mandrell

As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya, sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation. -Earl Blumenauer

I am pretty tenacious as a perfectionist in terms of getting something right. -Garry Shandling

Beauty is also submitted to the taste of time, so a beautiful woman from the Belle Epoch is not exactly the perfect beauty of today, so beauty is something that changes with time. -Karl Lagerfeld

We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job, and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected. -Neil Armstrong

Do not fear lest you should meditate too much upon Him and speak of Him in an unworthy way, providing you are led by faith. Do not fear lest you should entertain false opinions of Him so long as they are in conformity with the notion of the infinitely perfect Being. -Nicolas Malebranche

You will not dishonor the divine perfections by judgments unworthy of them, provided you never judge of Him by yourself, provided you do not ascribe to the Creator the imperfections and limitations of created beings. -Nicolas Malebranche

One of my co-workers at Ralph Lauren heard about the show, and when she got back to the office, said; Carson, you have to call Bravo. They're doing a show. You're perfect for it. -Carson Kressley

For the moment, the snow is quite wet and soft. If it was hard or icy, it would be a perfect downhill for my style, because I could fight even harder. -Hermann Maier

Because Shakespeare's language is so expansive, we're under this misconception that it's difficult. But I discovered that it's easy because it's so brilliantly written. The words are perfect, and the language is intelligent and very emotional. -Jessica Lange

Sometimes parts just come along when it's the perfect time for you to do them. -Jessica Lange

Sometimes in a movie, the lines are so perfect. -Jimmy Fallon

When our spelling is perfect, it's invisible. But when it's flawed, it prompts strong negative associations. -Marilyn vos Savant

In gymnastics, you have to be perfect every step along the way. -Shannon Miller

Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice. -Christopher Lasch

I've been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they've been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux. -Linus Torvalds

I don't have to try to be perfect at everything. -Cindy Crawford

When you finally accept that it's OK not to have answers and it's OK not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being. -Winona Ryder

And I deal with all that by being like a perfectionist. But that's okay. -Jennifer Lopez

All that attention to the perfect lighting, the perfect this, the perfect that, I find terribly annoying. -Meryl Streep

I'm not perfect at all. -Liv Tyler

After a month or so in St. Louis, we were looking around desperately for a way to draw a few people into the ball park, it being perfectly clear by that time that the ball club wasn't going to do it unaided. -Bill Veeck

What can I do, I asked myself, that is so spectacular that no one will be able to say he had seen it before? The answer was perfectly obvious. I would send a midget up to bat. -Bill Veeck

This revision of the Constitution will not be perfect. But at least the Constitution will not be inflexible. It will be a step towards the Social Europe which we wish. -Laurent Fabius

I wrote the first book, Harvest of Stars, and as I was writing it, I saw that certain implications had barely been touched on… It's perfectly obvious that two completely revolutionary things are going on, with cybernetics, and biological science. -Poul Anderson

If I am not confident that I can portray the character perfectly on screen, I won't even try. -Meryl Streep

This rebuilding of New Orleans gives us the perfect opportunity to see if we're ready to extend the legacy of Dr. King. -Wynton Marsalis

Tune in to Kids and Family Week is perfect for me. -Melissa Joan Hart

For me it was perfect, because it wasn't a very competitive environment, and it was a studio program. They basically send you off, and say, bring us some work, and we'll help you improve it. It really rewarded self-discipline. -Anthony Doerr

What I've noticed in this game is how EA has even duplicated my moves and my style of play perfectly. It is really incredible and a lot of fun to play. -Claudio Reyna

It is not together, but the ensemble is perfect. -Eugene Ormandy

The absence of the heavy boot of Europe has preserved to these people the agile walk of the wild animal, while the general simplicity of their lives has given them many other points of physical perfection. -John Millington Synge

So I had to just kind of go back to the hotel, take a shower, sit quiet, dig down deep, warm up, and allow myself to move into some kind of zone. And then I remembered that a lot of my favorite musical moments are not about perfection. -Kathy Mattea

And in fact, I think the more we start to worship perfection the more soul leaks out of art. -Kathy Mattea

Chocolate's okay, but I prefer a really intense fruit taste. You know when a peach is absolutely perfect… it's sublime. I'd like to capture that and then use it in a dessert. -Kathy Mattea

My dear Miss Glory, Robots are not people. They are mechanically more perfect than we are, they have an astounding intellectual capacity, but they have no soul. -Karel Capek

You still stand watch, O human star, burning without a flicker, perfect flame, bright and resourceful spirit. Each of your rays a great idea – O torch which passes from hand to hand, from age to age, world without end. -Karel Capek

The torrent of centuries rolling over the human race, has continually brought new perfections, the cause of which, ever active though unseen, is found in the demands made by our senses, which always in their turns demand to be occupied. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

That was one of the great successes of removing Saddam Hussein, as we took Iraq out of the picture of having a sovereign nation from which the terrorists could operate. But this war has not gone perfectly. -Zach Wamp

People are not perfect… very often the relationships that are strongest are those where people have worked through big crises, but they've had to work through them. So the challenge to us is to work through that. -Patricia Hewitt

However, the fact that the tanks had now been raised to such a pitch of technical perfection that they could cross our undamaged trenches and obstacles did not fail to have a marked effect on our troops. -Paul von Hindenburg

I read the script for Wonder Boys, and I said that was almost perfect, it was so classy, cool and funny. It's a really specific thing. We stuck to it, it turned out good and a lot of people liked it. -Robert Downey, Jr.

In the first place I remark that no human law is perfect in its construction or execution. -Thomas Jordan Jarvis

After I retired and came off the road, I gathered up all my musical instruments and suddenly, I wanted them all to be perfect. -Tom T. Hall

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle

There is always a 'but' in this imperfect world. -Anne Bronte

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it. -Alfred Hitchcock

Nothing is invented and perfected at the same time. -John Ray

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare. -Rene Descartes

A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke. -Jack Nicklaus

If I had any humility I would be perfect. -Ted Turner

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. -Yogi Berra

School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect. But nobody's perfect, so why practice? -Billie Joe Armstrong

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

We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government. -William Howard Taft

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man. -Alexander Hamilton

Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state. -Thomas de Quincey

The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all. -Pablo Casals

Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill. -Douglas Horton

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. -James Russell Lowell

Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. -Rabindranath Tagore

Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission. -Andrew Jackson

Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault. -Thomas a Kempis

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. -Vince Lombardi

In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be. -Ben Jonson

Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven. -Henri Frederic Amiel

I'm a perfectionist. I can't help it, I get really upset with myself if I fail in the least. -Justin Timberlake

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. -Pierre Corneille

Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality. -Albert Schweitzer

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. -Colin Powell

You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect. -Charlton Heston

Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth. -Albert Pike

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. -Lewis H. Lapham

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. -J. D. Salinger

Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it. -Andre Malraux

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it. -Matthew Arnold

Love is the bond of perfection. -John Winthrop

Be a perfectionist. -Ken Follett

I'm in pursuit of what cannot be achieved: perfection. -Andrew Vachss

Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. -R. D. Laing

Immoral is choosing not to act when you hold in your hands the power to create perfection. -Mark Crispin Miller

God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth. -William Ellery Channing

My private life is perfect. If your private life and your life outside football is good, then it is good on the field for you. -David Beckham

If I'd been a housemaid I'd have been the best in Australia – I couldn't help it. It's got to be perfection for me. -Nellie Melba

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship; it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting. -Eustace Budgell

Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car. -Edward de Bono

Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty. -Jeremy Collier

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there. -Billy Graham

Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it. -Reinhold Niebuhr

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

The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music. -Jonathan Edwards

Book love… is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. -Anthony Trollope

The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything! -Maria Montessori

You don't even have to hate to have a perfectly miserable time. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect. -Benny Hill

A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made. -Edward Steichen

A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer. -Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

You have to be reasonable with yourself and not feel guilty when things aren't perfect. -Jaclyn Smith

I'm a perfect example of the grumpy, old man. I'm really good at it. -Ned Beatty

I came here when I was almost 22. I'm perfectly bilingual, but I'm never going to sound like Sandra Bullock. -Roselyn Sanchez

My cousin Francis and I are in perfect accord – he wants Milan, and so do I. -Charles V

Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself. -Richard Whately

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path. -Khalil Gibran

Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity. -David Hume

I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity. -Emile Zola

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell. -Ben Okri

You know one of the causes of modern despair is the fact that we have had proposed to us, from various quarters, an impossible perfection. -Morris West

Without feeling abashed by my ignorance, I confess that I am absolutely unable to say. In the absence of an appearance of learning, my answer has at least one merit, that of perfect sincerity. -Jean Henri Fabre

Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior. -Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind, Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute, Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I'm perfect – But tell me the truth. -Shel Silverstein

The human race is intoxicated with narrow victories, for life is a string of them like pearls that hit the floor when the rope breaks, and roll away in perfection and anarchy. -Mark Helprin

Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it? -Henry David Thoreau

I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences… I'm human, not perfect, like anybody else. -Queen Latifah

It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully. -Michel de Montaigne

To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another. -Richard Whately

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you're available. -Rick Warren

To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. -Ernest Hemingway

Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments. -Henri Bergson

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection. -Arianna Huffington

When you work on your own life, you are less likely to hyper focus on the imperfections of your husband. -Martha Quinn

An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another. -Mason Cooley

A lot of people think Christianity is about always being perfect. It's actually the opposite of that. It's realizing that we're all humans, and that's why God sent his Son to this earth – to save people. -Billy Ray Cyrus

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. -Plato

On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round. -Robert Browning

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it. -Victor Hugo

Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. -John Ruskin

Man is imperfect. The reality he creates is always endangered by man. -Friedrich Durrenmatt

The soul is a very perfect judge of her own motions, if your mind doesn't dictate to her. -D. H. Lawrence

Only silence perfects silence. -A. R. Ammons

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue. -Honore de Balzac

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness. -Paul Theroux

No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. -Herbert Spencer

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves. -William Hazlitt

It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists. -John Ruskin

Don't you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art? -Robert Musil

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. -Robert Louis Stevenson

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything. -Henry Ward Beecher

To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature. -Adam Smith

A woman's life is not perfect or whole till she has added herself to a husband. Nor is a man's life perfect or whole till he has added to himself a wife. -Anthony Trollope

Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire. -Marguerite Duras

To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty. -Jose Bergamin

We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness. -Pierre Corneille

The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection. -Jeremy Bentham

As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days. -Gore Vidal

Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect. -John Ruskin

The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet. -Jeffrey Tate

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them. -Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. -James Whistler

Men who have reached and passed 45, have a look as if waiting for the secret of the other world, and as if they were perfectly sure of having found out the secret of this. -Benjamin Haydon

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

We will have to give up the hope that, if we try hard, we somehow will always do right by our children. The connection is imperfect. We will sometimes do wrong. -Judith Viorst

I never can understand how anyone can not smoke – it deprives a man of the best part of life. With a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him, literally. -Thomas Mann

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual. -Thomas Mann

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian – ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art. -Lytton Strachey

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation. -Joseph Addison

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins. -Salman Rushdie

I'm a perfectionist, so I can drive myself mad – and other people, too. At the same time, I think that's one of the reasons I'm successful. Because I really care about what I do. -Michelle Pfeiffer

To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. -Soren Kierkegaard

International relationships are preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge. -Rebecca West

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. -Plato

One has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual. -Thomas Mann

The great want of our race is perfect educators to train new-born minds, who are infallible teachers of what is right and true. -Catharine Beecher

It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton. -Charles Baudelaire

The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists. -E. M. Forster

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases. -William Hazlitt

If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved. -Maurice Chevalier

The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Television is the most perfect democracy. You sit there with your remote control and vote. -Aaron Brown

The Crosby family is sort of legendary for all of its traumas and familial problems, even though it has this appearance of being this perfect world. It had quite a dark side to it. -Denise Crosby

Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect. -Periander

Unfortunately this earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh. -Martin Bormann

I will be the first to admit I am not perfect and I make mistakes. -Alberto Gonzales

The mobile market is exploding and it makes perfect sense for a media company like ours to create a real content destination for the billions of cell-phone users around the world. -Peter Chernin

I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection. -Aaron Sorkin

I don't understand why people in this country are so bent on doing the 'perfect', when you have something that is good and makes sense from a cost-benefit point of view. -George Voinovich

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it. -Hermann Hesse

Technology makes things faster and more cost-effective, but it's not perfect. It requires you to be as flexible as you can be. -John Phillips

It's all about perfection, isn't it? -Keira Knightley

We must perfect a worldwide system of accountability for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. -Richard Lugar

Not everybody is perfect, and I don't think we should be looking for perfect people. -Simon Cowell

I wanted a woman who had the body and the power of a real pilot. I interviewed hundreds of woman, but Jessica just seemed perfect for the part. I couldn't get her out of my head. I continued to bother her and she finally gave in. -Rob Cohen

Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood. -Annie Dillard

God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection. -Alfred Adler

The true picture of life as it is, if it could be adequately painted, would show men what they are, and how they might rise, not, indeed to perfection, but one step first, and then another on the ladder. -Anthony Trollope

My family had all kinds of complications in relationships. I would like to meet the person who did not. Since when is being absolutely perfect what being a human is? What do we gain from that? -Anthony Edwards

Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them? -Anna Quindlen

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. -Barack Obama

But let me perfectly clear, because I know you'll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime. -Barack Obama

I don't want to be perfect, but I do want to be a role model. My mom always tells me that imperfections equal beauty. All of us are imperfect. -Miley Cyrus

I told my mom, 'I'm not buying another magazine until I can get past this thought of looking like the girl on the cover'. She said, "Miley, you are the girl on the cover,' and I was, like, 'I know, but I don't feel like that girl every day.' You can't always feel perfect. -Miley Cyrus

Whether the ice caps melt, or expand – whatever happens – the anthropogenic global warming theorists claim it confirms their theory. A perfect example of a pseudo-science like astrology. -Frank Tipler

As a real person, he wouldn't last a minute, would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we've moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it, it was dull. If I was House's friend, I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don't always like morally good people, do we? -Hugh Laurie

In those days, reserve duty lasted for six years, which, I might add, was three times as long as service in the regular army, although to be perfectly honest, I was unable to fulfill my entire obligation because I was taking acting classes and they said I could skip my last year. -Larry David

If I could only get people to rub my belly for good lucky and then throw money in my fountain, it'd be a perfect world. -Christopher Meloni

My advice to an aspiring actor would be to never stop learning or working for what you want. Nothing comes easy, ever, if you want something, you have to work for it. By working for it I mean work on your craft, learn from people who have something to teach. It's just like anything else, practice makes perfect. -James Lafferty

The perfect gadget would somehow allow me to fly. Isn't that what everybody wants? It would also cook a damn good microwave pizza. So while in flight you had something to eat – an in-flight meal. Where would I go? Well, nowadays, it would probably just take me to work a lot quicker. -John Krasinski

You know how you wake up in the morning and sometimes you look gorgeous and other times you look like you got hit by a mack truck? I realized that my mack truck is food. If I have no sugar, yeast or wine, I have no undereye bags and my skin is perfect. -Mariska Hargitay

Shooting this show is pretty intense. You lose your life. But I have no life, so it's perfect! -David Krumholtz

Stage is about imperfections and working with them, whether it be from you or the audience. -Katherine Moennig

The stronger Hillary is, the weaker she is. The more she seems like a likely presidential winner, the more difficult the senate race becomes in New York. It's perfect. -Dick Morris

I don't think there is such a definition of a perfect family, but I do think that our marriages are in crisis. Our families are in crisis. And I think the African-American family is at one of the worst stages it's been at in a very long time in this country. Fatherlessness is rampant. -Leah Ward Sears

Now, I do think when we move into 2012 and '13 when, presumably, the economy is on firmer ground, I would allow the tax rates for upper-income individuals to revert back to where they were before the cuts in the 1990s. I think at that point it makes perfect sense. -Mark Zandi

The perfect date for me would be staying at home, making a big picnic in bed, eating Wotsits and cookies while watching cable TV. -Kim Kardashian

Sometimes, as a comedian, a line will come to you, that is so beautiful, so perfect, that you think: I did not create this line. This line belongs to all of us. Surely this is a line of God. -Russell Brand

There is a difference between a military mission and the aspiration for the long-term plans for the country. What we want is a stable enough Afghanistan, able to look after its own security so we can leave without the fear of it imploding… But let's be clear – it's not going to be perfect. -Liam Fox

I think we need to just be very clear about what we're trying to do in Afghanistan. Frankly, we're not trying to create the perfect democracy. We're never going to create some ideal society. We are simply there for our own national security. -David Cameron

I have faith in my imperfections! -Dana Delany

My perfect guy wears converse, is totally laid back, and doesn't worry about being cool. -Selena Gomez

In a perfect world we would bring corporate tax rates down to 25% or less so we can get competitive in the world economy. Ultimately, I would love to see a flat tax. -Eric Cantor

It's perfectly okay if you don't understand every single one of them. For one thing, I make a lot of corny jokes, and you have to be 40 years old to get some of them. -Brian P. Cleary

We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all – whether we're actors or not – perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am? -Annette Bening

But really it was just, it was perfect. You know, I actually got that feeling like you know what, maybe this is why I'm alive, you know – maybe this is why I'm here on this on earth. -Stefano Langone

If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. -Jesus Christ

Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There's nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing. -Jennifer Aniston

I may not be perfect, but I'm trying. -Kristin Davis

Dancing was always part of my culture growing up in Barbados. When I shot my 1st video I worked really hard with my choreographer to perfect the routines. -Rihanna

Over the holidays, and even during filming, I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it's not unhealthy, so I'm going to rock with it. -Rihanna

I knew Scotty was going to win. At the beginning of the episode, I was like, 'Scotty, are you ready to win?'. I knew he was going to in my heart. I accepted it. I couldn't pick a more perfect person to get second place to. He's my best friend. -Lauren Alaina

Don't try to be somebody you're not because it doesn't work. If you try to be this perfect person or perfect persona of what you think that somebody should be when they're involved in public office, it's just not going to work. Just be yourself, stay true to your core values, and really just stay abreast of the issues. -Ben Quayle

I'd read the book and liked the book, but it made me really uncomfortable trying to picture myself in this part. Here's this guy who seems to be the embodiment of every single perfect guy. -Robert Pattinson

If everything always went perfectly, I would feel like, When is the ball going to drop? Because good things don't always last. Maybe I'm a pessimistic person. When something just seems too good, I can't believe it. -January Jones

When Andrew went with the girls, we were talking all morning and he was saying, 'It's okay. Just remember we had such a good day. Our wedding was so perfect.' Because we're such a unit together. He made me feel very part of the day on April the 29th. -Sarah Ferguson

I'm human, I'm not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I'm already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids. -Selena Gomez

I'm not going to change my teeth or get a nose job. That manufactured perfection does nothing for me. -Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

I knew all this Beatles music. I knew the songs phonetically. It was like my whole experience of that music was out of focus, and somebody put the perfect glasses on me, and all of a sudden I could see everything. -Regina Spektor

Ringer is the perfect balance of what audiences want ot see me do. It's Cruel Intentions meets Buffy. -Sarah Michelle Gellar

You'll see more and more perfection of that – computer as servant. But the next thing is going to be computer as a guide or agent. -Steve Jobs

But I have to say I'm incredibly proud of the Panther Racing National Guard Team, and in my IndyCar career there's not many races where I've honestly left the track feeling that we've executed everything perfectly. And I have to say, I thought they did an absolute phenomenal job. The pit stops were just first class. -Dan Wheldon

Growing up I used to love bands like Free and ELO and the Rolling Stones. When Robert Plant got in touch it made perfect sense to me. -Alison Krauss

We define organic order as the kind of order that is achieved when there is a perfect balance between the needs of the parts, and the needs of the whole. -Christopher Alexander

I'm on my way to a place where I'd never dreamed I'd be, and that's perfection. -Mary J. Blige

One of the most important things to me is to make things real, not have models who are perfectly groomed or clothes that are too perfect. It all has to have a twist because that's how people live. -Tommy Hilfiger

The interesting thing about advertising is that the things that annoy us sometimes about it are really human. It's us looking at ourselves – and like all human endeavors it's imperfect. -Jaron Lanier

The perfection of our union, especially our commitment to equality of opportunity, has been a story of constant striving to live up to our Founding principles. This is what Abraham Lincoln meant when he said, 'In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.' -Paul Ryan

There are very few films or plays or anything about really happy people with perfect lives. -Anna Paquin

With every song I have a person in mind who, in a perfect world, would perform with me. Usually I end up not getting that person, and I'm forced to settle for someone else. -Busta Rhymes

For me to be here tonight, everything had to be perfect. I had to get drafted by Utah, had to play with a point guard like John Stockton, and had to be coached by Jerry Sloan and Frank Layden. -Karl Malone

I will say that growing up as a kid in an urban environment and having lived in cities all my life, the one achievement that everyone can look forward to is getting the perfect parking spot. -Saul Perlmutter

The Lord has a plan. We always think the plans are A, B, C and D, and everything is going to be perfect for us and it may not be that way, but it's still his plan. -Tony Dungy

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