". . . our concept of perfection is so unrealistic that it can't exist in one person." -- Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor."
--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
"Others made me a slave, but I must squeeze that slave out of myself, drop by drop." --Anton Chekhov
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." --Winston Churchill
"The best life partner might, I think, be the one who sees you as you are and loves that person--the person who is boring and anxious or blotchy from a weekly scrub mask--not the imaginary one who is poetic and broodingly smart and sexy and ecstatic all the time. The best life partner is exactly the sort of person who doesn't crave possession."
--Catherine Newman, "I Do. Not." from The Bitch in the House
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