Perfection Sayings and Quotes

Being perfect is a lofty goal, and some would argue, an unattainable one. Everyone has a different opinion about what perfection looks like for them. Strive to be and achieve the best with the wise and insightful perfection quotes below.

Trifle makes perfection, and perfection is not trifle.     


How many things by season seasoned are / To their right praise and true perfection!      

William Shakespeare

Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, / Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.      

Alexander Pope

Pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.     

Jane Austen

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.     

John Henry Newman

Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, / Dead perfection, no more.     

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Faultless to a fault.     

Robert Browning

Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.     

James Stephens

The intellect of man is forced to choose. Perfection of the life, or of the work.     

W.B. Yeats

The intellect of man is forced to choose. Perfection of the life, or of the work.     

W.B. Yeats

Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in.      

Leonard Cohen

It's a delightful thing to think of perfection; but it's vastly more amusing to talk of errors and absurdities.     

Fanny Burney

Nothing is an umixed blessing.     


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

St. Augustine of Hippo

The perfect is the enemy of the good.     


I am (You are) perpetually evolving perfection.     

Dr. Ganz Ferrance

Perfection is not a polished thing. It is often simply something that is sincerely meant. Perfection is a job complete, praise given, prayer heard. It can be kindness shown, thanks offered up. Perfection is what we discover in each other, what we see reflected back. And if perfection eludes us, that doesn't matter. For what we have within the moment is enough.     


The sweetest perfection / To call my own / The slightest correction / Couldn't finely hone / The sweetest infection / Of body and mind / Sweetest injection / Of any kind     

Martin Gore

This world is such perfection" (What a sight) / It's just like paradise" (For your eyes) / A truly grand creation (What a sight) / From up here it looks so nice (For my eyes)     

Alice Cooper

In the beginning the world was so bright / Perfection was there for all man / So pray and believe in / The lords holy light / And we'll have perfection again / Pray and believe in / The lords holy light and we'll have perfection again     

Geoff Workman

Although from godly grace I fall, / For sensed with sin my every act is, / 'Twere better not to preach at all, / Then I would have no need to practice. / So Sabbath day I'll sneak away, / And though the Church grieve my defection, / In sunny woodland I will pray: / "God save us from Perfection!"     

Robert William Service

Make thyself known, Sibyl, or let despair / Of knowing thee be absolute; I wait / Hour-long and waste a soul. What word of fate / Hides 'twixt the lips which smile and still forbear? / Secret perfection! Mystery too fair!     

Edward Dowden