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And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.

East of Eden
Just the other day I came across a statement: a perfectionist is a person who takes great pains, and gives even greater pains to others. And the outcome is just a miserable world!

Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships
Each of us is merely one human being, merely an experiment, a way station. But each of us should be on the way toward perfection, should be striving to reach the center, not the periphery.

The Glass Bead Game
Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
We worship perfection because we can't have it; if we had it, we would reject it. Perfection is inhuman, because humanity is imperfect.

The Book of Disquiet
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often
He did not wish to be believed to be the best but to be it
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."