Quotations About / On: PERFECT

  • 31.
    We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 3, sc. 5 (1637).)
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  • 32.
    Well, nobody's perfect.
    (Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter, and Billy Wilder. Osgood E. Fielding III (Joe E. Brown), in Some Like It Hot (film), final words of film, on Osgood's discovery that his bride-to-be (Jack Lemmon) is a man (1959).)
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  • 33.
    Don't you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art?
    (Robert Musil (1880-1942), Austrian author. Ulrich to Clarisse, in The Man Without Qualities, book I, ch. 84, Gesammelte Werke in Neun Banden [Collected Works in Nine Volumes], ed. Adolf Frise, trans. by Donald C. Riechel, Rowohlt (1978).)
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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).)
  • 38.
    A single thankful thought towards heaven is the most perfect of all prayers.
    (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1881), German dramatist, critic. Fräulein, in Minna von Barnhelm, act 2, sc. 7 (1767).)
  • 39.
    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. repr. in What Is Man? Ed. Paul Baender (1973). Christian Science, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1907).)
  • 40.
    The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.
    (Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. The Great Railway Bazaar, ch. 28 (1975).)
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