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Louis Auchincloss Quotes and Sayings

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Perfection irritates as well as it attracts,
in fiction as in life.
- Louis Auchincloss

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius,
but his greatest danger is always that he will not
recognize when he is dull.
- Louis Auchincloss

We were not as rich as the Rockefellers or Mellons,
but we were rich enough to know how rich they were.
- Louis Auchincloss

With her high pale brow under her faded brown hair,
she was like a rock washed clean by years of her husband's absences at conventions,
dinners, committee meetings or simply at the office.
- Louis Auchincloss

 

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward
is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns,
or the sharp stones on life's path.
- Khalil Gibran

Life is not about perfection -
or a quest for perfection.
Life is about enjoying what we have -
for as long as we have it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

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The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection.
- Agnetha Faltskog

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when
there is nothing left to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure
the inner perfection of his own personality.
- Albert Schweitzer

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
- Michelangelo

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
- William Faulkner

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good;
the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.
- Richard Whately

As the leaders and decision-makers of this great state,
it is our responsibility to strive for perfection.
- Roy Barnes

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions
on the point of collapse.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

The true gourmet, like the true artist,
is one of the unhappiest creatures existent.
His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks:
perfection.
- Ludwig Bemelmans

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

Perfection is attained by slow degrees;
it requires the hand of time.
- Voltaire

Perfection spawns doctrines, dictators and totalitarian ideas.
- Antonio Tabucchi

I'm in pursuit of what cannot be achieved:
perfection.
- Andrew Vachss

Be intent on the perfection of the present day.
- William Law

It's all about perfection, isn't it?
- Keira Knightley

There is a passion for perfection which you will rarely see fully developed;
but you may note this fact,
that in successful lives it is never wholly lacking.
- Bliss Carman

Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work,
and speaking openly about one's life,
to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity.
- Joyce Maynard

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

Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
- William Ellery Channing

Perfection does not consist in any singular state or condition of life,
or in any particular set of duties, but in holy and
religious conduct of ourselves in every state of Life.
- William Law

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now,
or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice,
selfishness, ambition, and injustice.
- Elihu Root

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming,
is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold

Jonathan is that brilliant little fire that burns within us all,
that lives only for those moments when we reach perfection.
- Richard Bach

We never taste happiness in perfection,
our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
- Pierre Corneille

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
- Antonio Tabucchi

With four perfectionists in the band,
we have a hard time reaching perfection.
- Adam Jones

The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy,
which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy,
an august civil polity or a great art.
- Ralph A. Cram

Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet
never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.
- Albert Pike

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease,
hints at human imperfection.
Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
- Ben Okri

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection,
and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
- J. D. Salinger

Our erected wit maketh us to know what perfection is.
- Philip Sidney

Tech Jacket shares the same tone as Invincible,
but the subject matter is very different.
Where Invincible is about perfection,
Tech Jacket is about flaws.
- Robert Kirkman

Immoral is choosing not to act when you hold in your
hands the power to create perfection.
- Mark Crispin Miller

I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.
- Albrecht Druer

Complete and total perfection will come about only
when we feel that our perfection is no perfections
as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect.
- Sri Chinmoy

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

Success is the result of perfection,
hard work,
learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
- Colin Powell

It is absurd to look for perfection.
- Camille Pissarro

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.
- Benjamin Haydon

Perfection is boring.
If a face doesn't have mistakes, it's nothing.
- Kevyn Aucoin

The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
- Vince Lombardi

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.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Look at our Lords disciples.
One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him.
If our Lord couldn't have perfection,
how are you going to have it in city government?
- Richard J. Daley

Actually, I can't imagine anything more tedious than a perfect person,
especially if it was someone who also demanded perfection from me.
- Hugh Mackay

I'm chasing perfection.
- Kobe Bryant

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles,
some act of vision, of faith, of desire.
Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
- Martha Graham

Freedom from care and anxiety of mind is a blessing,
which I apprehend such people enjoy in higher perfection than most others,
and is of the utmost consequence.
- William Falconer

Perfection is the child of time.
- Joseph Hall

Well, you know, I mean, she was so wonderful,
and she really played the role to perfection.
- Julianne Moore

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

Falling short of perfection is a process that just never stops.
- William Shawn

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.
- Henry Fuseli


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