Wednesday, April 20, 2011

P is for Perfection and Procrastination....

   If there are two words that go hand and hand in the English language they are perfection and procrastination.

   It is usually the pursuit of perfection that causes us to procrastinate. I grew up with the expression “If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well.” or as my Dad like to say...”Whole hog or stay at home.”

   So I decided to look up what other people think of these two words....

First perfection, of course, I mean you can't start with procrastination. There is a law about that somewhere I'm sure.

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the Unite...Image via Wikipedia

   Winston Churchill had this to say about perfection:

   “They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.”

   I knew I liked that man...

   Christian arthor Edith Schaeffer said this:

    "People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it."

   Arthor Hugh Prather said this:

   “Perfectionism is slow death”

    Boy do I agree with that....

    Okay, I have put it off long enough. Now here is what was said about procrastination.

   Journalist Don Marquis had this to say:

   “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

   Arthor G. B. Stern put her own spin on it:

   “One thing that's good about procrastination is that you always have something planned for tomorrow.”

   You gotta admit she is right about that one....

   And then there was this guy, who procrastinated so long he didn't get credit for the quote:

   “Procrastination avoids boredom; one never has the feeling that there is nothing important to do”

   Like maybe claiming your work....

    I will leave you with this quote that sums both words up nicely....

“Were I to await perfection, my book would never be finished”
    Chinese Proverbs
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Grandpa said...

Great quotes PJ.

I'm guilty of both, I'm afraid.

Life on The Farm

Laura Eno said...

Raising hand. Guilty!

Stephanie V said...

I knew there was a reason I procrastinated. One of my favorite sayings is that perfection is unattainable. Takes a lot of the pressure off.

baygirl32 said...

great quotes

Theres just life said...

Grandpa, Laura I think we all are guilty of these. Specially since we want to do the best we can.
Stephanie, It certainly does...If I would just remember it.
Baygirl Welcome, and Thank you.