Imperfection Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old imperfection quotes, imperfection sayings, and imperfection proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.     

Chinese Proverb

Have no fear of perfection ' you'll never reach it.      

Salvador Dal

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.      

Robert H. Schuller

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.     

Thomas Carlyle

Nothing and no one is perfect. It just takes a good eye to find those hidden imperfections.      

Daphne Delacroix

Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.     

Marilyn Monroe

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.     

Ernst Fischer

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.     

Anatole France

You look at the scratch and completely miss the diamond.     

Raphie Frank

To be perfect is to develop expanding imperfection.     


It is better to aim at perfection and miss, than to aim at imperfection and hit it.     

Thomas Watson

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.     

Francis Bacon Sr.

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.     

Chinese Proverb

Sometimes we strive so hard for perfection that we forget that imperfection is happiness.     

Karen Nave

Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.     

Thomas de Quincey

It is better to aim at perfection and miss, than to aim at imperfection and hit it     

Thomas Watson

Where imperfection ceaseth, heaven begins.     


Men are more unwilling to have their imperfections known than their crimes.     


What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities!     


It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.     


All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment Mercy.     


The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others.     

Doug Larson

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.     

Alexander Hamilton

Imperfect preparation gives rise to the thousand-fold forms that express physical and mental inferiority and insecurity.     

Alfred Adler

Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world     

Robert Hillyer

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.     

George Soros

If I can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible.     

Chuck Palahniuk

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.     

Joseph Addison

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.     

Isaac Asimov

My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection     

Conrad Hall

Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you do, and fix it along the way...     

Paul Arden

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.     

Hannah Arendt

Perfection is boring. If a face doesn't have mistakes, it's nothing.     

Kevyn Aucoin

We like the imperfect because it reminds us of ourselves.     

Randy Bachman

To do better is better than to be perfect.     

Toba Beta

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent.      

John Ruskin

The finer the nature, the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form.     

John Ruskin

No reckoning made, but sent to my account with all my imperfections on my head.     

William Shakespeare

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.     

Winston Churchill

A beautiful thing is never perfect.     


The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.     

George Orwell

Perfection doesn't guarantee success. You don't have to be perfect to succeed.     


Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end, no matter how hard we fight.     

Tupac Shakur

Imperfection is individuality.     


Be real. Embrace that you have weakness. Because everyone does. Embrace that your body is not perfect. Because nobody's is. Embrace that you have things you can't control. We all have a list of them.      

Dan Pearce

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.     

John Ruskin

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.     

Bren Brown

To be judged for your imperfections is to be judged for being human, mistakes are made, life goes on, don't let other people change who you are.     

Lee Jameson

Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice reduces the imperfection.     

Toba Beta