Quotations About / On: PERFECT

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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).)
  • 45.
    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).)
  • 46.
    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).)
  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1921). Ecrasia, in Back to Methuselah, "As Far as Thought Can Reach," The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
  • 49.
    Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
    (Sun Tzu (6th-5th century B.C.), Chinese general. The Art of War, ch. 5, axiom 17 (c. 490 B.C.), ed. James Clavell (1981). The translator of this edition, Lionel Giles, added the explanatory note: "If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over- confident, you must have exceeding strength.")
  • 50.
    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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