If, therefore, my dear friend, you have generosity enough to pardon the presumptuous attempt, to frame for myself a minstrel coronet, partly out of the pearls of pure antiquity, and partly from the Bristol stones and paste, with which I have endeavoured to imitate them, I am convinced your opinion of the difficulty of the task will reconcile you to the imperfect
manner of its execution.
In accordance with the same line of thought, imperfect states, although called perversions, are regarded by Aristotle as the result rather of misconception and ignorance than of perverse will.
The state is possible only because men have common aspirations, but government, and political power, the existence of officials who are given authority to act in the name of the whole state, are necessary because men's community is imperfect, because man's social nature expresses itself in conflicting ways, in the clash of interests, the rivalry of parties, and the struggle of classes, instead of in the united seeking after a common good.
When we come to Aristotle's analysis of existing constitutions, we find that while he regards them as imperfect approximations to the ideal, he also thinks of them as the result of the struggle between classes.
You are merely the embodiment of two imperfect
brain and an imperfect
This Abstract, which I now publish, must necessarily be imperfect.
Nor have I been disappointed; in this and in all other perplexing cases I have invariably found that our knowledge, imperfect though it be, of variation under domestication, afforded the best and safest clue.
The Republic, like the Phaedrus, is an imperfect
whole; the higher light of philosophy breaks through the regularity of the Hellenic temple, which at last fades away into the heavens.
The young gentleman, moreover, soon perceived how extremely grateful all those panegyrics on his instructors were to Mr Allworthy himself, as they so loudly resounded the praise of that singular plan of education which he had laid down; for this worthy man having observed the imperfect
institution of our public schools, and the many vices which boys were there liable to learn, had resolved to educate his nephew, as well as the other lad, whom he had in a manner adopted, in his own house; where he thought their morals would escape all that danger of being corrupted to which they would be unavoidably exposed in any public school or university.
This world, the eternally imperfect
, an eternal contradiction's image and imperfect
image--an intoxicating joy to its imperfect
creator:--thus did the world once seem to me.
If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect
and solitary being, should be wretched.
A pleasurable feeling of independence possessed him when he heard the glass doors swing to behind his back with a sort of imperfect
The curtain of our imperfect drama must fall, to rise upon another scene.
Here and there, on the bottom, were to be seen the evidences of a hasty and imperfect culture of such indigenous vegetables as were of a quick growth, and which were known to flourish, without the aid of art, in deep and alluvial soils.
Life may be imperfect
, but Claire certainly is showing how one ambitious teenager can strive towards perfection.