Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. 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.

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If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word.

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Looking out the window today on the field, the valley, the blue hills and in memory, the cabin and the forest, I regret my own numberless faults but not a life in the country.

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Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.

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Falling short of perfection is a process that never stops.

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Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.

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It is better, granting imperfection in both ways, to be imperfect and together than to be imperfect and alone.

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Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

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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.

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If it weren't for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn't get done.

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