But to make this the sole consideration of marriage, to lust after it so violently as to overlook all imperfections for its sake, or to require it so absolutely as to reject and disdain religion, virtue, and sense, which are qualities in their nature of much higher perfection
, only because an elegance of person is wanting: this is surely inconsistent, either with a wise man or a good Christian.
He appeared to possess that kind of health and strength which, when found in perfection, are the most impressive--the physical capital which the owner does nothing to "keep up." If he was a muscular Christian, it was quite without knowing it.
Nioche knew his own language, and his appealing forlornness was quite the perfection of what the American, for vague reasons, had always associated with all elderly foreigners of the lesson-giving class.
So we return to the Perfect Woman, having gained this much knowledge of her,--that her perfection
is nothing more or less than her unique, individual, charming imperfection, and that she is simply the woman we love and who is fool enough to love us.
But for the full development of Life to its highest mode of perfection, something more is needed.
The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is.
And what mean you by saying that I am no longer the Perfection of all Beauty?
My Lord, your own wisdom has taught me to aspire to One even more great, more beautiful, and more closely approximate to Perfection than yourself.
Can we believe that natural selection could produce, on the one hand, organs of trifling importance, such as the tail of a giraffe, which serves as a fly-flapper, and, on the other hand, organs of such wonderful structure, as the eye, of which we hardly as yet fully understand the inimitable perfection?
Hence, if we look at each species as descended from some other unknown form, both the parent and all the transitional varieties will generally have been exterminated by the very process of formation and perfection of the new form.
--So that he may one day become my companion, a fellow-creator and fellow- enjoyer with Zarathustra:--such a one as writeth my will on my tables, for the fuller perfection
of all things.
Of these one of the very first that occurred to me was, that there is seldom so much perfection
in works composed of many separate parts, upon which different hands had been employed, as in those completed by a single master.
Concessions on the part of the friends of the plan, that it has not a claim to absolute perfection
, have afforded matter of no small triumph to its enemies.
Selenographic charts have been constructed with a perfection
which equals, if it does not even surpass, that of our terrestrial maps.
As the supreme perfection
and universality of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" cast into oblivion whatever pre-Homeric poets had essayed, so these same qualities exercised a paralysing influence over the successors of Homer.