Quotes on Perfectionism

Perfectionism is slow death. Hugh Prather

Nothing is less efficient than perfectionism. Elizabeth Gilbert

Intuitionism is not constructive, perfectionism is unacceptable. John Rawls

But I always feel that whatever I do, I could do better. I suppose it is perfectionism. Rowan Atkinson

Perfectionism is the enemy of profitability. Mark Cuban

Perfectionism is the fear of being criticized. Caroline Myss

Perfectionism spells paralysis. Winston Churchill

Regret is just perfectionism plus time. B J Novak

Perfectionism is boring and doesn't exist-to strive for it makes you uninteresting. Eva Mendes

I took everything really seriously and was overly sensitive about things, and I think that's rooted in perfectionism. Kelly Carlin-McCall

If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. David Foster Wallace

Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination. Michael Hyatt

as you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you'll begin to discover the perfection in life itself Richard Carlson

Perfectionism is a perpetual flight into an illusory future that cannot be attained. Gary Zukav

Perfectionism doesn't make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate. Maria Shriver

Insecurity's best cover is perfectionism. That's where it becomes an art form. Beth Moore

There's going to be a demand for perfectionism on the part of Hillary Clinton, or any other pro-equality woman candidate, that would not be made of men. There are going to be attacks based on different standards of morality and different standards of dress and physical attractiveness. Gloria Steinem

I love that, for Kanye [West], there's no difference between the epic and the personal. That makes him sound like a really grandiose douche - which, I don't think anyone, himself included, could contest - but at the same time, it's really amazing. I love the scope of his perfectionism. David Longstreth

However, don't let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started. Marilu Henner

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly. (on not perfectionism to put things off) . Gilbert K Chesterton

Perfectionism becomes a badge of honor with you playing the part of the suffering hero. David D Burns

Perfectionism is the death of a great room. Anne McDonald

Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve", Perfectionism is other-focused:"What will they think Brene Brown

Replace perfectionism with persistence. After all, in recovery and life, it's persistence that really pays off. Forget about perfection. Jenni Schaefer

Perfectionism is not as much the desire for excellence, as it is the fear of failure couched in procrastination . Dan Miller

Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. Anne Lamott

In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me. Billy Corgan

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. Michelangelo

Europe seems a little softer, but in America it's harsh. In L.A., where I live, it's all about perfectionism. Alanis Morissette

Perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it's the thing that's really preventing us from taking flight. Brene Brown

Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. Anne Lamott

Perfectionism is self destructive simply because there's no such thing as perfect. Perfection is an unattainable goal. Brene Brown

[perfectionism leads to] a tendency to apologize preemptively for one's efforts, knowing from experience that there's sure to be something wrong with them. William Westney

But I am learning that perfection isn't what matters. In fact, it's the very thing that can destroy you if you let it. Emily Giffin

My teacher once told me - "No one is perfect........that is why pencils have erasers." Mahesh Bhatt

Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person. David D Burns

A wonderful pastor I know once told me, "Perfectionism is the highest order of self-abuse." So now I try to remind myself that if I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself. Period. Ashley Judd

Perfectionism may look good in his shiny shoes, but he's a little bit of an asshole and no one invites him to their pool parties. Ze Frank

Everything that these folks are saying that they're trying to move away from, like comparison, perfectionism, judgement, and exhaustion as a status symbol - that all describes my life. It was more like a medical researcher studying a disease and figuring out he or she has it. Brene Brown

Strive for excellence, not perfection, because we don't live in a perfect world. Joyce Meyer

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism. Hannah Arendt

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable. Lord Chesterfield

At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism. John Berger

False notes [on the piano] are human. Why does everything have to be perfect? You know, perfection itself is imperfection. Vladimir Horowitz

Old age tells us that we ourselves have failed often, have never really done anything completely right, have never truly been perfect - anad that is completely all right. We are who we are - and so is everyone else. Joan D. Chittister

It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached. Samuel Johnson

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self- solitude is the enemy of well- being. John Updike

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor; the enemy of the people. It will keep you insane your whole life. Anne Lamott

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. Anne Lamott

What if you wake up some day, and you're 65... and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life? Anne Lamott

When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver! Brene Brown

When you strive for perfection, you compare different versions of what could be instead of being present with what is. Perfectionism is an attempt to inhabit an imaginary world in order to avoid experiencing the world in which you live. Gary Zukav

Perfectionism may look good in his shiny shoes, but he's a little bit of an asshole and no one invites him to their pool parties. Ze Frank

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde

When it comes to women, our perfectionism gives us a lot of grief. Women want to be super moms, super partners and super performers at work - and all at the same time. That's stressful. Kristina Schroder

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. William Shakespeare

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. William Shakespeare

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target. Geoffrey Fisher

perfectionism is the enemy of art. Since art is essentially divine play, not dogged work, it often happens that as one becomes more professionally driven one also becomes less capriciously playful. Erica Jong

It's what I call the haute couture, high-end version of fear perfectionism. It's just fear in really good shoes. But it's still fear. Elizabeth Gilbert

Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it along the way... Paul Arden

I have struggled with perfectionism and I think it's a really damaging thing in my own life. When we put that perfectionism on someone else, it just hurts relationships whereas grace and trusting someone else's heart is a really, really incredible and important part of any relationship. Rebecca St. James

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! Mehmet Murat Ildan

You keep working on your piece over and over, trying to get the sections and paragraphs and sentences and the whole just right, but there's a point at which you can tell you've begun hurting the work with your perfectionism. Then you have to release the work to new eyes. Anne Lamott

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. Anne Lamott

I have to say that I've always believed perfectionism is more of a disease than a quality. I do try to go with the flow but I can't let go. Rowan Atkinson

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly. Robert H Schuller

Perfection, fortunately, is not the only alternative to mediocrity. A more sensible alternative is excellence. Striving for excellence is stimulating and rewarding; striving for perfection-in practically anything-is both neurotic and futile. Ed Bliss

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. Veronica Roth

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. George Will

The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others. Doug Larson

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

Many people think of perfectionism as striving to be your best, but it is not about self-improvement; it's about earning approval and acceptance. Brene Brown

Whatever happens, there are always things you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have scored a third. That's perfectionism. That's what makes you progress in life. Eric Cantona

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. Denis Diderot

Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame. Brene Brown

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life Besides, perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force (these are words we are allowed to use in California). Anne Lamott

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. Brene Brown

Perfectionism and optimalism are not distinct ways of being, an either-or choice, but rather they coexist in each person. And while we can move from perfectionism toward optimalism, we never fully leave perfectionism behind and never fully reach optimalism ahead. The optimalism ideal is not a distant shore to be reached but a distant star that guides us and can never be reached. As Carl Rogers pointed out, "The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination Tal Ben-Shahar

Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future. When you have an idea of perfect in your mind, you open the door to constantly comparing what you have now with what you want. That type of self criticism is significantly deterring. John Eliot

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