Quotations About / On: PERFECT

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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).)
  • 43.
    All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
    (Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Grace Notes, Epigram, section 1, by Rita Dove (1989).)
  • 44.
    An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 45.
    Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.
    (Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).)
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  • 46.
    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).)
  • 47.
    You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. quoted in Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Kennedys, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1984). Kennedy responded with these words when asked how he would choose to die.)
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  • 48.
    It's a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters.
    (William Hurlbut (1883-?), U.S. screenwriter, and James Balderston. James Whale. Mary W. Shelley (Elsa Lanchester), Bride of Frankenstein, in the prologue scene (1935). Suggested by the original story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and adapted by William Hurlbut, James Balderston.)
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  • 49.
    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).)
  • 50.
    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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