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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Perfection
 
  Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
        Michael Angelo. See C. C. Colton—Lacon.
  1
What’s come to perfection perishes,
Things learned on earth we shall practise in heaven;
Works done least rapidly Art most cherishes.
        Robert Browning—Old Pictures in Florence. St. 17.
  2
The very pink of perfection.
        Goldsmith—She Stoops to Conquer. Act I. Sc. 1.
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Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be.
        Pope—Essay on Criticism. Pt. II. L. 53.
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Whose dear perfection hearts that scorn’d to serve
Humbly call’d mistress.
        All’s Well That Ends Well. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 16.
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How many things by season season’d are
To their right praise and true perfection!
        Merchant of Venice. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 107.
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It is the witness still of excellency
To put a strange face on his own perfection.
        Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 48.
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  A man cannot have an idea of perfection in another, which he was never sensible of in himself.
        Steele—The Tatler. No. 227.
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In this broad earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed perfection.
        Walt Whitman—Song of the Universal.
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