Quotations About / On: PERFECT

  • 21.
    The perfect aphorism would achieve classical balance and then immediately upset it.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 22.
    Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 216 (1678).)
  • 23.
    The great want of our race is perfect educators to train new-born minds, who are infallible teachers of what is right and true.
    (Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator and author. As quoted in Catherine Beecher, ch. 17, by Kathryn Kish Sklar (1973). Written in 1857.)
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  • 24.
    No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
    (Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Personal Merit," aphorism 35, Characters (1688).)
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  • 25.
    Staff has a genius for sitting on its brains and coming up with perfect hindsight.
    (Leo V. Gordon, U.S. screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Major Craig (Rock Hudson), Tobruk (1967).)
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  • 26.
    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 (1883-1924), German novelist, short-story writer. Published in Shorter Works, vol. 1, ed. and trans. by Malcolm Pasley (1973). The Collected Aphorisms, no. 68 (October 1917-February 1918).)
  • 27.
    The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.
    (Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections of Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).)
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  • 28.
    [In government] the problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.
    (James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Majority Governments" (1833). The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison, p. 525, ed. Marvin Meyers, Indianapolis (1973).)
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  • 29.
    The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.
    (Jeffrey Tate (b. 1943), British conductor. New Yorker (April 30, 1990).)
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  • 30.
    Perfect reason flees all extremity, and leads one to be wise with sobriety.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Philinte, in The Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 1 (1666).)
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