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Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other.
To catch each other when we falter.
To encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.
- Hilary Clinton
Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship;
it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
- Eustace Budgell
The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others.
- Doug Larson
We're imperfect people trapped in an imperfect world
until we get to that place beyond.
- Kathie Lee Gifford
Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the
human condition there is no shame in being wrong,
only in failing to correct our mistakes.
- George Soros
A god whose creation is so imperfect that he must be
continually adjusting it to make it work properly seems
to me a god of relatively low order,
hardly worthy of any worship.
- Martin Gardner
The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air,
that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs,
is the point from which fiction begins.
- Salman Rushdie
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
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
- Brooks Atkinson
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them,
he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself,
he becomes wise.
- Alden Nowlan
There is always a "but" in this imperfect world.
- Anne Bronte
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians,
but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
- Henry Ward Beecher
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect.
The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we
become towards the defects of others.
- Joseph Addison
If I don't tell it all now, the story in the history
books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong.
- Christine Keeler
Perfection is immutable.
But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.
- Owen Feltham
Man is imperfect.
The reality he creates is always endangered by man.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
- Edward Gibbon
I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault;
all of my plays are imperfect,
I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do.
- Edward Albee
Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions,
many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly?
- Lewis H. Lapham
Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature,
and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it,
or at least to lighten it as much as we can.
- Philip Stanhope
The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection.
No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.
- Herman Hesse
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
To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions,
in order to avoid erring in our own judgment,
is but to exchange one danger for another.
- Richard Whately
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers
are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
- Maxwell Maltz
International relationships are preordained to be clumsy
gestures based on imperfect knowledge.
- Rebecca West
It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth,
that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
- John Ruskin
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance
can heighten its value as poetry.
- John Drinkwater
All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes
We are all imperfect.
We can not expect perfect government.
- William Howard Taft
A principle is the expression of perfection,
and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection,
we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel,
the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing,
so is liberty the essence of life.
Whatever is done without it is imperfect.
- Jose Marti
We will have to give up the hope that,
if we try hard, we somehow will always do right by our children.
The connection is imperfect.
We will sometimes do wrong.
- Judith Viorst
I don't want to be perfect, but I do want to be a role model.
My mom always tells me that imperfections equal beauty.
All of us are imperfect.
- Miley Cyrus
I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
- Alexander Hamilton
The earth incites the wonder and admiration of man
even though he is imperfect and his understanding greatly limited.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
The saxophone is an imperfect instrument,
especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes.
The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument
that is outside of your body.
- Stan Getz
Measures must always, in a progressive society,
be held superior to men, who are after all,
imperfect instruments, working for their fulfillment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be,
one ought never to be satisfied that there was not
something imperfect about it until it also gives the
impression of being beautiful.
- George Boole
As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya,
sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect
regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation.
- Earl Blumenauer
He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties,
however usefully or curiously directed,
is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows
only the exercise of muscles.
- Francis Wright
God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake,
nor through the ocean and the stars,
but through the Son of Man,
and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing.
- William Lyon Phelps
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend
the inheritance of a civilization,
however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may
result in consequences even worse than war.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
You're just sort of searching for this "thing" and
sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't.
All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising,
at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo.
- John Abercrombie
My marriage? Up to now everything's okay.
But it's a real marriage - imperfect and very difficult.
It's all about people evolving somewhat simultaneously through their lives.
I think we've emotionally evolved.
- Jamie Lee Curtis
If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end,
this is not to the discredit of science but is rather
an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely
the gifts placed within our hands.
- Polykarp Kusch
By his disobedience of God's law, before man had exercised
his power to bring children into the earth,
not only Adam lost everything for himself,
but his children were born as sinners,
imperfect, and without the right to live.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
Even as we enumerate their shortcomings,
the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear
to us our mothers' incredible strength.
We fear both.
If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect,
how can we equal them?
- Anna Quindlen
The law isn't justice.
It's a very imperfect mechanism.
If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky,
justice may show up in the answer.
A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
- Raymond Chandler
It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history.
We're not there to worry about ourselves.
We're there to try and get as near as we can,
in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out.
- Robert Fisk
Humans are imperfect.
That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble.
We're on the quest for the perfect performance and
every note has to be right.
Man, every note is not right in life.
- Branford Marsalis
We need religion as a guide.
We need it because we are imperfect.
Our government needs the church, because only those
humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to
democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.
- Jeff Miller
Give me the comma of imperfect striving,
thus to find zest in the immediate living.
Ever the reaching but never the gaining,
ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top.
- Winston Graham
In justice to human society it may perhaps be said
of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world,
however imperfect, that they have been founded in and
carried on with very considerable wisdom.
- Ezra Stiles
If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit
yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man,
you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
But that the reasoning from these facts,
the drawing from them correct conclusions,
is a matter of great difficulty, may be inferred from
the imperfect state in which the Science is now found
after it has been so long and so intensely studied.
- Nassau William Senior
My parents did not have a perfect marriage.
It was pretty good, but it was not perfect.
My marriage is not perfect.
My wife is, but I happen to be imperfect.
However, that does not discount the fact that the definition
of marriage must be defended and protected.
- Stockwell Day
If God has made the world a perfect mechanism,
He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect
that in order to predict little parts of it,
we need not solve innumerable differential equations,
but can use dice with fair success.
- Max Born
Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau
I have always hated machinery, and the only machine
I ever understood was a wheelbarrow,
and that but imperfectly.
- E. T. Bell
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.
- Robert H. Schuller
Freedom is a lonely battle, but if the United States doesn't lead it -
but mostly with honor - who will?
- Cal Thomas
The finest works of art are precious,
among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know,
if only imperfectly and for a little while,
what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
- Aldous Huxley
I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose
of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk;
for I thought to myself,
I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly;
I have seen it only by moonlight.
- Karl Philipp Moritz
I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you,
however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to
the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to
make anthropology what it is at the present time.
- Franz Boas
Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke,
however imperfectly, and read in great quantities,
at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly
different from either Latin or Greek.
- Robert Fitzgerald
Heat can also be produced by the impact of imperfectly
elastic bodies as well as by friction.
This is the case, for instance, when we produce fire
by striking flint against steel,
or when an iron bar is worked for some time by powerful blows of the hammer.
- Hermann von Helmholtz
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