Imperfection Quotes

To arrive at perfection, a man should have very sincere friends or inveterate enemies; because he would be made sensible of his good or ill conduct, either by the censures of the one or the admonitions of the other.

I have no faith in human perfectibility. 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.

He that pleases himself too much with minute exactness, and submits to endure nothing in accommodations, attendance, or address below the point of perfection, will, whenever he enters the crowd of life, be harassed with innumerable distresses, from which those who have not in the same manner increased their sensations find no disturbance. His exotic […]

Man only ever scores nine out of ten.

When a man says that he is perfect already, there is only one of two places for him, and that is heaven or the lunatic asylum.

If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.

Indifferent, adj. Imperfectly sensible to distinctions among things.

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

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.

Some beautiful things are more impressive when left imperfect than when too highly finished.