Quotations About / On: PERFECT

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
    (Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for February 21, 1940 (1952, trans. 1961).)
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  • 44.
    The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).)
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  • 45.
    We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 2, sct. 378.)
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  • 46.
    One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
    (Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 8 (1920).)
  • 47.
    Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
    (Aristotle (384-323 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics 8.3; 1156b6-10, trans. by Ross-Urmson, The Complete Works of Aristotle, ed. Jonathan Barnes, Princeton, Princeton University Press (1985).)
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  • 48.
    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).)
  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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