Perfectionism

  • 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. (Dr. David M. Burns)
  • Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly. (Robert Schuller)
  • Does “anal retentive” have a hyphen?
  • For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.
  • Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it. (Salvador Dali)
  • 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 that 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)
  • In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism. (Hannah Arendt)
  • It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached. (Samuel Johnson)
  • It’s pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious. (Kin Hubbard)
  • Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. (Cardinal Newman)
  • People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it. (Edith Schaeffer)
  • Perfection does not exist in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. (Angelique Arnauld)
  • Perfection, fortunately, is not the only alternative to mediocrity. A more sensible alternative is excellence. Striving for excellence is stimulating and rewarding; striving for perfection–in practically anything–is both neurotic and futile. (Edwin Bliss)
  • Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world. (Robert Hillyer)
  • Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being. (John Updike)
  • Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. (Anne Lamott)
  • A perfectionist is a person who chooses a picnic site as if it were to be a permanent home.
  • A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to everyone else.
  • A person determined never to be wrong won’t likely accomplish much. (Ken Wisdom)
  • Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
  • The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. (George Will)
  • 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. (Dr. David M. Burns)
  • Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. (Harriet Braiker)
  • The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. (Anna Quindlen)
  • When a man imagines, even after years of striving, that he has attained perfection, his decline begins. (Theodore Martin)
  • When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target. (George Fisher)
  • While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. (Henry C. Link)
  • You shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do.

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