Sunday, September 18, 2016

the (im)perfection of things

I struggled to write this post because I wanted it to be perfect. How ironic is that, a post about imperfection that I want to be perfect? It just goes to show you how we stress about something we can never achieve. Trying to be perfect will kill your creativity and your desire to try new things. What's more ironic is that I love rusted steel, peeling paint, and wonky ceramic mugs. There's something magical about them. Here are some of my favorite quotes and images of things imperfect....

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” –  Salvador DalĂ­

abandoned building

“To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

cracked concrete

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert H. Schuller

rubble wall

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” – Conrad Hall

Peter Volkos - ceramics

“Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can still drink from a chipped cup.” – Greta K. Nagel

chipped cup

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

rusted gate

 “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

dried and cracked clay vase

“I do think imperfection is underrated” ― Helena Bonham Carter

Japanese boro cloth

"Nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, nothing is complete" - Wabi Sabi


  1. i absolutely Love the images you have with every quote. So perfectly imperfect. My favorite is Elbert Hubbard. Do Nothing, Say Nothing, Be Nothing

  2. Thanks Alene. I love that quote too. My other favorite is “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert H. Schuller

  3. Imperfect? I'm really, really awesome at being mediocre. And damn proud of it.

  4. Don, you are anything but mediocre.