Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
[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).)
The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.
(Jeffrey Tate (b. 1943), British conductor. New Yorker (April 30, 1990).)
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).)