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  • Faultless to a fault.
    * Robert Browning

  • Perfection is the child of time.
    * Bishop Joseph Hall

  • You would attain to the divine perfection,
    And yet not turn your back upon the world.
    * Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
    * W. Somerset Maugham

  • The most vigilant self-criticism of course is necessary, but the time comes when the artist must tell himself he is good or he will go under.
    * Gerald Moor

  • 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

  • Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
    * Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • How many things by season seasoned are
    To their right praise and true perfection!
    * William Shakespeare

  • Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
    * William Shakespeare

  • It is through Art, and through Art only, that we can realise our perfection.
    * Oscar Wilde