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Perfectionism

At any time of day, we have...Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
       - Robert Schuller

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
       - Henry Van Dyke

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.
       - Dr. David M. Burns

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.
       - Anne Lamott

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.skiing couple with purple sky
       - David M. Burns

The way to succeed is to double your error rate.
       - Thomas J. Watson

Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
       - W. Somerset Maugham

I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.
       - Anne Lamott

A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.
     
- Chinese Proverb

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
       -
Thomas a Kempis
 

No one is perfect..that’s why pencils have erasers
     
- Author Unknown

Gold cannot be pure and people cannot be perfect
    water fountains at the Bellagio 
- Chinese proverb

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

As long as you live, keep learning how to live
     
- Seneca

Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it
     
- Salvador Dali

 You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out
     
- Martha Graham


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Original quotes compiled by Gary Hyink and Bill Blackman. Additional quotes thanks to Felicia Daniels, Alyssa Boyett and Katie Lusk.
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