Top Perfectionism Quotes

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1. "Perfectionism means that you try not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived."
Author: Anne Lamott
2. "...but you have to remind yourself that perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor."
Author: Anne Lamott
3. "Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived...Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation... Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here."
Author: Anne Lamott
4. "Our teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where success is defined by status, performance and appearance."
Author: Auliq Ice
5. "Regret is just perfectionism plus time."
Author: B.J. Novak
6. "The culture of shame is driven by fear, blame and disconnection and it's often a powerful incubator for issues like perfectionism ,stereotyping, gossip and addiction"
Author: Brené Brown
7. "Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve", Perfectionism is other-focused:"What will they think"
Author: Brené Brown
8. "Perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life-paralysis."
Author: Brené Brown
9. "Fuck you perfectionism. Without you, I am brilliant."
Author: Coco J. Ginger
10. "Perfectionism becomes a badge of honor with you playing the part of the suffering hero."
Author: David D. Burns
11. "You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous. Because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in...it's actually kind of tragic because you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is. And there were a couple of years where I really struggled with that."
Author: David Foster Wallace
12. "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."
Author: David M. Burns
13. "I picture the vast realm of the sciences as an immense landscape scattered with patches of dark and light. The goal towards which we must work is either to extend the boundaries of the patches of light, or to increase their number. One of these tasks falls to the creative genius; the other requires a sort of sagacity combined with perfectionism."
Author: Denis Diderot
14. "Just as God's love entered the world, thereby submitting to the misunderstanding and ambiguity that characterize everything worldly, so also Christian love does not exist anywhere but in the worldly, in an infinite variety of concrete worldly action, and subject to misunderstanding and condemnation. Every attempt to portray a Christianity of 'pure' love purged of worldly 'impurities' is a false purism and perfectionism that scorns God's becoming human and falls prey to the fate of all ideologies. God was not too pure to enter the world."
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
15. "In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism."
Author: Hannah Arendt
16. "While the opportunity to improve yourself and your situation is a great thing, our striving to build perfect lives seems to have morphed into perfectionism so focused on itself that we forget about others in the world. We work so hard to build the ultimate luxury sedan, to embody society's standard of beauty, and to achieve historical scientific breakthroughs that we conveniently forget our family members in other parts of the world who must walk miles each day in their only set of clothing for the opportunity to go to school."
Author: Holly Sprink
17. "Let her own shortfalls, and not your vindictive perfectionism, be the quality that throws her to destruction."
Author: Janny Wurts
18. "Intense pain often pushed me to make changes. The pain of the eating disorder pushed me into recovering from eating-disordered behaviors, and then the emotional turmoil I experienced without those behaviors (not knowing how to cope with perfectionism, feelings, and life in general) took me even further, so that I ultimately found serenity."
Author: Jenni Schaefer
19. "Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again."
Author: Julia Cameron
20. "However, don't let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started."
Author: Marilu Henner
21. "Performance is done for the sight and approval of others. Service is done knowing that God is watching and approving whether or not anyone else is. Performance causes us to be enslaved to others' opinions, unable to say no, and prone to being overworked. Service frees us to do what God wants, thereby saying no as needed. Performance presses us toward perfectionism, where we seek to do everything just right so others will praise us. Service allows us to do our best, knowing that God's appreciation of us is secure regardless of our performance. Performance causes us to focus on the "big" things and only do what is highly visible or significant. Service allows us to do simple, humble, and menial tasks—the "little things"—knowing that the peasant Jewish carpenter we worship equally appreciates them both."
Author: Mark Driscoll
22. "If you are a real perfectionist, you can't finish any job! We, the mortals, we don't have enough time to be perfectionist! Perfectionism is the art of immortals!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
23. "At its root, perfectionism isn't really about a deep love of being meticulous. It's about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success."
Author: Michael Law
24. "But I always feel that whatever I do, I could do better. I suppose it is perfectionism."
Author: Rowan Atkinson
25. "My friend Annabel calls it "Reverse Perfectionism" - if a man thinks he can't do something perfectly, he'd rather not do it at all…"
Author: Shelli NT
26. "There's really no way to be perfect. Perfectionism is a silly trait to have, so in a lot of ways that inspired the world of 'Divergent,' in which everyone is striving toward that ideal and falling short of it."
Author: Veronica Roth
27. "Lasseter, August 1997: His cherubic face and demeanor masked an artistic perfectionism"
Author: Walter Isaacson
28. "Steve Jobs thus became the greatest business executive of our era, the one most certain to be remembered a century from now. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Edison and Ford. More than anyone else of this time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the power of poetry and processors. With a ferocity that could make working with him as unsettling as it was inspiring, he also built the world's most creative company. And he was able to infuse into its DNA the design sensibilities, perfectionism, and imagination that make it likely to be, even decades from now, the company that thrives best at the intersection of artistry and technology."
Author: Walter Isaacson

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And yet I love him. I love him so much and so dearly, that when I sometimes think my life may be but a weary one, I am proud of it and glad of it. I am proud and glad to suffer something for him, even though it is of no service to him, and he will never know of it or care for it."
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