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Best 60 Perfectionism Quotes To Overcome Perfectionism

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What Is Perfectionism?

Perfectionism is a trait that makes the person constantly concerned with striving for flawlessness and perfection.

Perfectionism is usually accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ approval.

This can become fast and enduring track to unhappiness.

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Perfectionism Quotes

1. “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.” — Michael Law

2. “An artist obsessed with perfection is bound to dim the light of his art.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

3. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck

4. “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, Something Borrowed

5. “Do not let perfection and order become your masters! These are the two most dangerous traps set for the spiritual Murid. True spirituality proceeds from an honoring and awareness of chaos and imperfection. Who would dare untangle a rainforest?” — Laurence Galian

6. “Don’t let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started.” — Marilu Henner

7. “Done is better than perfect.” — Sheryl Sandberg

8. “Even when we strive for perfection, life is nothing more than an attempt to achieve it through a series of greater or smaller imperfections.” — Peter Prange

9. “For a better life, redefine your definitions of perfect.” — Akiroq Brost

10. “Good enough is good enough. Perfect will make you a big fat mess every time.” — Rebecca Wells, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

11. “Have no fear of perfection… you’ll never reach it.” — Salvador Dali

12. “Have the courage to be imperfect.” — Alfred Adler

13. “I do think imperfection is underrated.” — Helena Bonham Carter

14. “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

15. “I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” — Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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16. “I’ve learned how my own perfectionism can cripple me.” — Jennifer Nettles

17. “If one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good — many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm — and that’s a lie… That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity. Just slap something on it when you see a blank canvas staring at you with a sort of imbecility.” — Vincent Van Gogh

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18. “If perfection had a slogan, I think it would be something like: ‘Perfection, the preferred hiding place of people everywhere.’” — Kristin Schell

19. “In order to go on living, one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.” — Hannah Arendt

20. “It’s not about perfection. What’s a perfect painting? What’s interesting about a perfect painting?” — Peter Doig

21. “Learning to give up on perfection may be just about the most romantic move any of us could make.” — Alain de Botton

22. “Let go of the perfectionism. Surrender to the flawed, human messiness and do the thing that your heart and soul desperately wants to do.” — Katherine Mackenzie Smith

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23. “Like the bronze statue of the Angel of the Waters, those who pursue perfection find themselves paralyzed by the possibility of flaw, fault, or failure.” — Jamie Le Fay

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24. “My teacher once told me: No one is perfect, and it is why pencils have erasers.” — Mahesh Bhatt

25. “Nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.” — Stan Lee

26. “Nobody on this earth is perfect. Everybody has their flaws. Everybody has their dark secrets and vices.” — Juice Wrld

27. “Only a fool pursues perfection; the wise pursue self-correction.” — Abhijit Naskar

28. “People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a rightist. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing.” — James Cameron

29. “People call these things imperfections, but they’re not. That’s the good stuff. And then we get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds.” — Good Will Hunting

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30. “People often miss out on their own human genius because they’re trying to be more perfect than the gods.” — Curtis Tyrone Jones

31. “Perfect is the enemy of done.” — Catherine Carrigan

32. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi

33. “Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.” — Marcus Aurelius

34. “Perfectionism attaches to what is valued in the culture.” — Gloria Steinem

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35. “Perfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect; it makes you feel inadequate.” — Maria Shriver

36. “Perfectionism is a dream killer because it’s just fear disguised as trying to do your best.” — Mastin Kipp

37. “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.” — Julia Cameron

38. “Perfectionism sucks the air out of your uniqueness and leaves you empty, away from who you could become.” — Darryl Stewart Wellness

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40. “Practice does not make perfect. Imperfect makes us practice.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

41. “Proliferation is greater than perfection.” — Richie Norton

42. “Striving for perfection is a good and worthwhile effort. Expecting to actually attain perfection can kill you.” — Laurence Bergreen

43. “The desire of perfection often leads to the awakening of the Procrasdemon. Allowing yourself to make mistakes is the single most effective way to get rid of it.” — Neeraj Agnihotri

44. “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” — George Orwell

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45. “The inescapable contrariety between ‘being a perfectionist’ and ‘being a procrastinator’ is never actually perceived by someone who procrastinates.” — Mrityunjay Dixit

46. “The magic elixir to perfectionism is to practice gratitude.” — Scott Mautz

47. “The most successful people are not the most perfect, but the imperfect who dare to believe that they can despite the damning verdict.” — Bangambiki Habyarimana

48. “The seed of your next artwork lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece.” — David Bayles

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49. “There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.” — Shannon L. Alder

50. “There is no way to genuinely, powerfully, truly love yourself while crafting a mask of perfection.” — Vironika Tugaleva

51. “To be courageous, we must be willing to surrender our perfectionism, if only for a moment. If my self-worth is attached to being flawless, why would I ever try to learn anything new? After all, learning requires mistakes.” — Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset

52. “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 got, and fix it along the way.” — Paul Arden

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53. “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.” — Brené Brown

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54. “We don’t need to be perfect to do good deeds in the world, but we need to be sincere in our efforts.” — Gudjon Bergmann

55. “We’re going to have to bust down the door on the myth of perfectionism. We’re going to call it what it really is: fear.” — Karen Rinaldi

56. “We’re never perfect. We’re always measured against a yardstick we’ll never see.” — Molly M. Cantrell-Kraig

57. “What if you wake up someday, 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

58. “When things are perfect, that’s when you need to worry most.” — Drew Barrymore

59. “When we relate to ourselves with loving kindness, perfectionism naturally drops away.” — Sharon Salzberg

60. “Where perfectionism is driving, your shame is riding shotgun.” — Brené Brown

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