Perfection Sayings and Quotes

Being perfect is a lofty goal, and some would argue, an unattainable one. Everyone has a different opinion about what perfection looks like for them. Strive to be and achieve the best with the wise and insightful perfection quotes below.

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

Vince Lombardi

Looking for perfection is the only way to motivate yourself.     

Ronnie O'Sullivan

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.     

George Will

If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target.     

George Fisher

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.     

Stanley J. Randall

Always live up to your standards—by lowering them, if necessary.     

Mignon McLaughlin

It's not that perfection cannot be achieved. It's that it's so hard to stop there.     

Robert Brault

I beat myself up every day, without so much as a scratch.     

Terri Guillemets

To accomplish the perfect perfection, a little imperfection helps.     

Dejan Stojanovic

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

Perfection is not just about control. It's also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience.     

Thomas Leroy

Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life.     

Louis Auchincloss

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.     


Perfection cannot be defined or seen; it can only be found in your heart.     

Kelly Millar

Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.     

Burk Hudson

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough ? that we should try again.     

Julia Cameron

To demand perfection is a sure way to be disappointed in everybody, for you will be bound to think ill of others.     

Monica Fairview

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

Salvador Dali

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Paul Arden

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

Kevyn Aucoin

If you chase perfection, you often catch excellence.     

William Fowble

Perfection doesn't exist in anyone. Striving for perfection in any part of our lives is a recipe for failure, since it can never be attained.     

Dr. John Grohol

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Joseph Campbell

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

W. Somerset Maugham

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

Angelique Arnauld

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

W. Somerset Maugham