Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor shall be.
The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.
Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to desire to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.
If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
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.
Bachelor’s wives and old maid’s children are always perfect.