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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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform; vowing more than the perfection of ten, and discharging less than the tenth part of one.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The beginning, middle, and end of the birth, growth, and perfection of whatever we behold is from contraries, by contraries, and to contraries; and whatever contrariety is, there is action and reaction, there is motion, diversity, multitude, and order, there are degrees, succession and vicissitude.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For the superior morality, of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this superior morality is properly rather an inferior criminality, produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature. That intensity may be a matter of style, situation, character, emotional tone, or idea, or half a dozen other things. It may also be a perfection of control over the movement of a story similar to the control a great pitcher has over the ball.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. I will grow and I am not deficient.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Psychoanalysis cannot be considered a method of education if by education we mean the topiary art of clipping a tree into a beautiful artificial shape. But those who have a higher conception of education will prize most the method of cultivating a tree so that it fulfils to perfection its own natural conditions of growth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Be intent on the perfection of the present day.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is better to excel in any single art than to arrive only at mediocrity in several, so moderate skill in several is to be preferred where one cannot attain to perfection in any.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The cultivation of literary pursuits forms the basis of all sciences, and in their perfection consist the reputation and prosperity of kingdoms.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The perfection of art is to conceal art.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In my own time there have been inventions of this sort, transparent windows tubes for diffusing warmth equally through all parts of a building short-hand, which has been carried to such a perfection that a writer can keep pace with the most rapid speaker. But the inventing of such things is drudgery for the lowest slaves; philosophy lies deeper. It is not her office to teach men how to use their hands. The object of her lessons is to form the soul.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He is half of a blessed man. Left to be finished by such as she; and she a fair divided excellence, whose fullness of perfection lies in him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection --even though nothing more than the pounding of an old piano --is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it, said the Philosopher.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The nearest to perfection that most people come is when filling out an employment application.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perfecting is our destiny, but perfection never our lot.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The perfection in theater is that it's over the second it's done.More [06/30/2006 12:06:00]
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.More [07/03/2006 12:07:00]
No one is truly doing very well. One surely isn't here to do well. Surely we have another purpose: Perhaps to know who one is, to know that which makes us suffer and that which causes suffering for others; maybe to love someone... Perfection is the ability to admit imperfection.More [07/26/2006 12:07:00]
Casanova: Casanova, the philosopher? Who devotes his life to the perfection of experience? Yes, I know him.
Francesca Bruni: No, Casanova the libertine, who devotes his life to seducing women.
Casanova: Well, we're obviously talking about the same person.More [04/17/2007 12:04:00]
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.More [08/15/2007 12:08:00]
[on the phone]
Stevie Wayne: You're just a voice on the phone.
Dan O'Bannon: And you're just a voice on the radio. We'd make a perfect couple. You let me take you to dinner tonight, I'll prove it to you.
Stevie Wayne: Sorry, Dan. My idea of perfection is a voice on the phone.More [11/15/2007 12:11:00]
Coach Gary Gaines: [half time speech] Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down.More [12/02/2007 12:12:00]
[Addressing Pete Aron at the Ferrari factory]
Agostini Manetta: What means far more to me than anything else is: our good name! Our reputation represents desire for perfection of the highest quality. I gamble that reputation gladly, because I have *absolute* faith in every car that leaves this factory. But I will not risk it on a driver in whom I cannot have an equal faith. There are fewer than thirty men in the world qualified to drive Formula One; a mere half-dozen, perhaps, to win. At this moment, I am inclined to think you are not one of them.More [01/07/2008 12:01:00]
Algren: [narrating] They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seem such discipline. I am surprised to learn that the word Samurai means, 'to serve', and that Katsumoto believes his rebellion to be in the service of the Emperor.More [07/09/2008 12:07:00]
Dr. Parker:
Ladies and gentlemen, your reception does not go unrewarded. Doctor Parker's perfection performers invite you to a feast of fun and frolic free, gratis and for nothing. This way, please.

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[Dr. Paul Nelson's closing observation about his misguided friend, Dr. Tom Anderson]

Paul Nelson:
He learned almost too late that man is a feeling creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And when men seek such perfection... they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from Man himself.

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Insp. Arthur Ames:
I must congratulate you on your circus of beauty. I've never seen such physical perfection in men and women.

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Dr. Curt Taylor:
Keith Ritchie came to realize, at the cost of his own life, that Man is the greatest creature in the Universe. He learned that a measure of perfection can only be slowly attained, from within ourselves. He sought a different path, and found death... fire... disillusionment... loss. War, misery and strife have always been with us, and we shall always strive to overcome them. But the answer is to be found from within, not from without. It must come from learning; it must come from the very heart of Man himself.

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Robert Redgate:
And now, here's Friendly Frank, your weather porpoise. The porpoise with a purpose.

Friendly Frank the Porpoise:
[singing] In Bubbleland, the temperature is prefection/ The barometric pressure is just right/ The air is still today without direction/ And naturally there is no wind in sight/ There's never any trouble here in Bubbleland/ The weather's always beautiful and clear/ The sun shine is just enough/ The tests are not too tough/ The stars and clouds add nothing to our fears/ So there's never any trouble here in Bubbleland/ The sea is always calm/ The waves our nil/ Our bubbles are at home right here in Bubbleland/ The sheer perfection of it... Makes... Us... Thrill!


Friendly Frank the Porpoise:
As usual, the weather is perfect today.

Hildegarde Hummingbird:
What about tomorrow, dear?

Friendly Frank the Porpoise:
Tomorrow will be perfect too.

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El Topo:
Too much perfection is a mistake.

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Ash, can you hear me? *Ash*?

Yes, I can hear you.

What was your special order?

You read it. I thought it was clear.

What was it?

Bring back life form. Priority One. All other priorities rescinded.

The damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch?

I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.

How do we kill it Ash? There's gotta be a way of killing it, how, *how* do we do it?

You can't.

That's bullshit.

You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

You admire it.

I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

Look, I am - I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug.

[Ripley goes to disconnect Ash, who interrupts] Last word.


I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.

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Cosmo Kramer:
A hot bowl of mulligatawny would hit the spot.


Cosmo Kramer:
Yes, it's a delightful Hindu concoction simmered to perfection by one of the great soup artisans in the modern era.

Who, the Soup Nazi?

Cosmo Kramer:
He's not a Nazi, Elaine. He just happens to be a little eccentric. Most geniuses are.

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