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