Usage examples for imperfections

  1. Now this is due both to small imperfections in the timing apparatus and to the fact that the splashes themselves do actually vary within certain limits. – The Splash of a Drop by A. M. Worthington
  2. With your present capacities you think a state such as I have described would be perfection; but you- I mean, of course, your race- will come in time to see imperfections even in such a life, and will, with increasing spiritual vision, see still higher things to strive for. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  3. Yet it is regarded as almost treacherous to hint at imperfections. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  4. But, with all his imperfections, she was glad she had met him. – Her Prairie Knight by B.M. Sinclair, AKA B. M. Bower
  5. Again, while he sets forth the historical succession of systems of belief and forms of political society, and places in the strongest light those imperfections in each which make it impossible that any of them should be final, this does not make him for a moment unjust to the men or the opinions of the past. – Auguste Comte and Positivism by John-Stuart Mill
  6. In most cases, however, there exist certain imperfections in working conditions which can at once be improved with benefit to all concerned. – The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor
  7. I very well knew that men are commonly more ashamed of natural imperfections than those which, in a great measure, depend on themselves; but then men are, in their own estimation at least, placed by nature at the head of creation, and in that capacity it is reasonable to suppose they will be jealous of their natural privileges. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  8. While I have never believed that either of you got within a pin- point of the Pole, I have steadfastly held that both got as near the goal as was possible to ascertain considering the imperfections of the instruments used and the personal errors of individuals under circumstances as adverse to absolute accuracy. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. It was not an exclusive order, but an upper class that was constantly recruited, being open to all successful men; and such a governing body is naturally indifferent to reforms, because it is very little affected by administrative imperfections or abuses. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  10. I had this evil in me, that if our Lord gave me grace to do any good, that good became full of imperfections and of many faults; but as for doing wrong, the indulgence of curiosity and vanity, I was very skilful and active therein. – The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Avila
  11. We find also everywhere another class of men, sanguine in hope, bold in speculation, always pressing forward, quick to discern the imperfections of whatever exists, disposed to think lightly of the risks and inconveniences which attend improvements and disposed to give every change credit for being an improvement. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  12. It might be regarded as an application of the more general view that the objective concepts between which the intellect distinguishes in its interpretation of reality should be regarded as representing distinct realities, except when the distinction is seen to arise not from the nature of the object but from the nature of the subject, from the limitations and imperfections of our own modes of thought. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  13. Freycinet's charts reveal not the faintest trace of the fresh discoveries which Flinders had achieved around east and north- east Australia, nor do they in any particular indicate that their manifold serious imperfections had been corrected by reference to Flinders' superb charts. – Terre Napoleon A history of French explorations and projects in Australia by Ernest Scott
  14. Hence misplacements, imperfections, and consequent woe. – Fine Books by Alfred W. Pollard
  15. He hated Eric at first sight, simply because his feeble mind could only realise one idea about him, and that was the new boy's striking contrast with his own imperfections. – Eric, or Little by Little by Frederic W. Farrar
  16. Whatever imperfections may be justly ascribed to them, which however are as few as any mortals have discovered, their judgment in framing their policy was founded in wise, humane and benevolent principles. – A Collection of State-Papers, Relative to the First Acknowledgment of the Sovereignty of the United States of America by John Adams
  17. It lifts us above the miseries that besiege us, and transports us to regions where we still find ourselves, for we never wish to lose sight of ourselves, but where we find ourselves transformed to our advantage, where all the imperfections of reality have given place to a certain perfection, where the language that we speak is more equal and elevated, where persons are more beautiful, where the ugly is not admitted, and all this while duly respecting history, especially without ever going beyond the imperative conditions of human nature. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  18. Indeed, much of their greatness arises from their mastery over the imperfections of their nature, and, their noblest actions are sometimes struck forth by the collision of their merits and their defects. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  19. " So the old lady is set up for life on your money," he observed, as he watched Diane hold a white table- cloth up to the light and search it for imperfections. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  20. In proportion to the soul's real grandeur it must suffer over its own imperfections. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss