Several clients I saw last week at the clinic spoke about their inner sense of “not being good enough”. We explored self-criticism and if the inner assumption revolves around the concept of perfection. Here are some quotes to ponder:
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
? Immanuel Kant
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
Everything is perfect in the universe — even your desire to improve it.
-Wayne Dyer Quotes
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson Quotes
I don’t like these cold, precise, perfect people who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
-Henry Ward Beecher
We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
What are some ways to reflect these various perspectives? (more…)