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Quotations About / On: PERFECT

  • 31.
    Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Mlle. De Chaulieu in a letter to Mme de l'Estorade, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
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  • 32.
    By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.
    (Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. senior rights activist. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 2, section 6, by Studs Terkel (1988). Kuhn was the grand convener of the Gray Panthers, a militant organization that advocated the rights of the elderly.)
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  • 33.
    Wisdom, properly so called, is nothing else but this: the perfect knowledge of the truth in all matters whatsoever.
    (Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. De Cive, dedication (1642).)
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  • 34.
    The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
    (William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Table Talk, "On Going a Journey," (1821-1822).)
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  • 35.
    The perfect pleasure: money is neither fattening nor immoral nor illegal.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 36.
    Our cause is just. Our union is perfect.
    (John Dickinson (1732-1808), U.S. statesman, essayist. Quoted in C.J. Stillé, The Life and Times of John Dickinson, ch. 5 (1891). Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (pamphlet) (1775).)
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  • 37.
    To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
    (Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Fanny, in Mansfield Park, ch. 9 (1814).)
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  • 38.
    O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.
    (Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. "Calamus: A Song of Joys," Leaves of Grass (1855).)
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  • 39.
    It is the object of learning, not only to satisfy the curiosity and perfect the spirits of ordinary men, but also to advance civilization.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Mere Literature and Other Essays, pp. 73-74, Houghton Mifflin (1896).)
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  • 40.
    There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. "A Night Among the Pines," Travels With a Donkey (1879).)
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