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Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.
I like the ideology of there being no such thing as perfection. But I'm of the opinion that I have witnessed perfection at various times, especially in art.
I record cello Etudes that are fewer than four minutes long and post them on YouTube. How can one execute fully-formed ideas with utmost perfection, yet stay free enough to allow improvisatory nuance? This has immediate application in almost every area of life, but especially in performance.
Even perfection has room for improvement.
If I could play any role in any musical, it would be Desiree in 'A Little Night Music' - Oh my, it is perfection. The character gets to be funny, beautiful, sexy and smart all at the same time and have two men fighting over her. The show is Stephen Sondheim at his absolute best... need I say more?
It's not about perfection. What's a perfect painting? What's interesting about a perfect painting?
'Solutionism' for me is, above all, an unthinking pursuit of perfection - by means of technology - without coming to grips with the fact that imperfection is an essential feature of liberal democracy.
APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums.
The object of man's worship, whatever it be, will naturally be his standard of perfection. He clothes it with every attribute, belonging, in his view, to a perfect character; and this character he himself endeavors to attain.
Often, when you've reached a very high level of achievement, you almost become paralyzed by the idea that anything you might do might be imperfect. Perfection is just the striving, the effort, the struggle, but it's hard to remember that.
Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.
It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully.
Michel de Montaigne
If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.
W. Somerset Maugham
Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill.
Perfection is worth striving for, even if it is ultimately unattainable in this life.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
I'm on my way to a place where I'd never dreamed I'd be, and that's perfection.
Mary J. Blige
I believe that ideal character in its perfection is potentially in every man who is born into the world.
George Edward Woodberry
The perfection of our union, especially our commitment to equality of opportunity, has been a story of constant striving to live up to our Founding principles. This is what Abraham Lincoln meant when he said, 'In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.'
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.
It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
We will not attain a state of perfection in this life, but we can and should press forward with faith in Christ along the strait and narrow path and make steady progress toward our eternal destiny.
David A. Bednar
We shouldn't be intimidated by someone else's idea of perfection if it will prevent us from taking steps we actively want to take.
Jonathan Safran Foer
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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