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Kind 'Guardian' readers have been forwarding me round robin Christmas newsletters for years now: lengthy missives full of perfect children, exotic holidays, talented pets and endless, tedious detail. The notes that accompanied them revealed they had inspired in the original recipients everything from mild irritation to absolute rage.
Very often when you see families it's all perfect and neat, and parenting isn't like that. You do have constant negotiations. Things are ever developing and ever changing, and you constantly have to evaluate how you deal with your kids.
You know how you wake up in the morning and sometimes you look gorgeous and other times you look like you got hit by a mack truck? I realized that my mack truck is food. If I have no sugar, yeast or wine, I have no undereye bags and my skin is perfect.
Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.
Robin G. Collingwood
It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.
Philosophies change by the day while God never changes, simply because, being perfect, He does not have to change!
If we have learned nothing else from the 20th century, we should at least have grasped that the more perfect the answer, the more terrifying its consequences. Incremental improvements upon unsatisfactory circumstances are the best that we can hope for, and probably all we should seek.
We're not perfect, but we want to do the right thing.
A perfect day for me would just be a day that goes the way I plan.
My Nike Free sneakers add a splash of color and slide on fast, perfect for when I'm rushing to catch the school bus. And my favorite cargos are skinny but stretchy, so I can go up or down a few pounds and they still fit!
In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society's feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony.
I admire but don't envy people who have children and also have big, wonderful perfect houses. Maybe Martha Stewart could do it; to me those two things aren't compatible, but I know our children will grow up with a feeling that home is a place of comfort.
I always say that candy is the perfect studio food - it keeps your energy going.
All my time not devoted to my master's service was spent either in prayer, or in making experiments in casting different things in moulds made of earth, in attempting to make paper, gunpowder, and many other experiments, that, although I could not perfect, yet convinced me of its practicability if I had the means.
I've already got notebooks full of ideas for new music, so I'm gonna kind of nurture that just like I do all of my ideas and perfect it until it's ready and then I'll just let it go.
What can be indissoluble if a perpetual Union, made more perfect, is not?
Salmon P. Chase
Stay away from milk. It is nature's perfect food - but only if you are a calf.
I've always been that person: If it gets into my head, I've got to do it until I get it perfect - a perfectionist's attitude.
Life is about growth. People are not perfect when they're 21 years old.
I live on the other side of Charles Darwin and I can no longer see human light as having been created perfect and falling into sin, I see us rather emerging into higher and higher levels of consciousness and higher and higher levels of complication.
John Shelby Spong
Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.
Everyone wants me to be perfect, but I am so far from perfect!
From 1970 onwards, our culture told both sexes that individual expression was paramount. And for women, that was defined as the right to choose an interesting a career, a high-status mate, the desirable handbag or vacation, the perfect family size, and a definitionally fruitless quest for 'perfection.'
We're all flawed people at the end of the day; I don't know any perfect people.
But God, who is the Eternal Mind, is undoubtedly of excellence, complete and perfect in every part.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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