„On our Pompilia, faultless to a fault,
Law bends a brow maternally severe,
Implies the worth of perfect chastity,
By fancying the flaw she cannot find.“
„The Law is the true embodiment
Of everything that's excellent.
It has no kind of fault or flaw,
And I, my Lords, embody the Law.“
— W. S. Gilbert English librettist of the Gilbert & Sullivan duo 1836 - 1911
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), The Lord Chancellor's Song (from Iolanthe).
„Perfectly beautiful: let it be granted her: where is the fault?
All that I saw (for her eyes were downcast, not to be seen)
Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null,
Dead perfection, no more.“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
Maud; A Monodrama (1855), Part I, section ii
„(…) Anything that implies a continuity, a sequence, a passing from stage to stage cannot be real. There is no progress in reality; it is final, perfect, unrelated.“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Reality, Source: I am That, P.188.
„Those who aim at faultless regularity will only produce mediocrity, and no one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
"Thoughts on Taste", Edinburgh Magazine (July 1819), final paragraph
— Jaron Lanier American computer scientist, musician, and author 1960
"One Half of a Manifesto," The New Humanists: Science at the Edge (2003)
„Writers on international law... cannot make the law … it must have received the assent of the nations who are to be bound by it. This assent may be express … or may be implied from established usage.“
— Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet Lord Chief Justice 1802 - 1880
The Queen v. Keyn; "The Franconia" (1876), 2 L. R. Ex. D. 202.
„It doesn't matter that it can't last, that we don't find it more often. To know that there is such perfection, that there has been such perfection — it is worth living for. It exists. It has been — it is. One can contemplate it and feel complete peace.“
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh American aviator and author 1906 - 2001
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971)
— Marcel Duchamp French painter and sculptor 1887 - 1968
„Upon a green achmardi she bore the consummation of heart’s desire, its root and its blossoming – a thing called "The Gral", paradisal, transcending all earthly perfection! She whom the Gral suffered to carry itself had the name of Repanse de Schoye. Such was the nature of the Gral that she who had the care of it was required to be of perfect chastity and to have renounced all things false.“
— Wolfram von Eschenbach German knight and poet 1170 - 1220
Parzival, Ûf einem grüenen achmardî truoc si den wunsch von pardîs, bêde wurzeln unde rîs. daz was ein dinc, daz hiez der Grâl, erden wunsches überwal. Repanse de schoy si hiez, die sich der grâl tragen liez. der grâl was von sölher art: wol muoser kiusche sîn bewart, die sîn ze rehte solde pflegn: die muose valsches sich bewegn. Bk. 5, st. 235, line 20; p. 125.
„Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900