quote by Plato

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

— Plato

Powerful Incompleteness quotations

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.

.. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.


Incompleteness quote Every heart sings a song incomplete, until another heart whispers back.
Every heart sings a song incomplete, until another heart whispers back.

A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.

Incompleteness quote If you compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
If you compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Socialist ideology, like so many others, has two main dangers.

One stems from confused and incomplete readings of foreign texts, and the other from the arrogance and hidden rage of those who, in order to climb up in the world, pretend to be frantic defenders of the helpless so as to have shoulders on which to stand.

Before going back to college, i knew i didn't want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together.

Above all trust in the slow work of God.

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.


Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely.

Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. ... He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.

Our emotional life maps our incompleteness: A creature without any needs would never have reasons for fear, or grief, or hope, or anger.


It is a strange fact, characteristic of the incomplete state of our current knowledge, that totally opposite conclusions are drawn about prehistoric conditions on Earth, depending on whether the problem is approached from the biological or the geophysical viewpoint.

The feeling of inferiority rules the mental life and can be clearly recognized in the sense of incompleteness and unfulfillment, and in the uninterrupted struggle both of individuals and humanity.

Fear is incomplete knowledge.

An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong.

We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.


The quest of the truth had been born in me - the most tragic and incomplete, as well as the most essential, of man's quests.

Metaphysical rebellion is a claim, motivated by the concept of a complete unity, against the suffering of life and death and a protest against the human condition both for its incompleteness, thanks to death, and its wastefulness, thanks to evil.

Freedom is incomplete without social justice.

I should deem a man-of-war incomplete without a body of Marines.

..imbued with that esprit that has so long characterized the "Old Corps."

Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake.

A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you.


Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.

Humanity is regarded as unfinished, incomplete, imperfect.

We have the possibility of completing ourselves, perfecting ourselves, and all that is necessary for this lies in us.

Much thought has at its root a dissatisfaction with what is.

Wanting is the urge for the next moment to contain what this moment does not. When there is wanting in the mind, that moment feels incomplete. Wanting is seeing elsewhere. Completeness is being right here.

Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless.

What lingers from the parent's individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.


Materialism is incomplete even as a theory of the physical world, since the physical world includes conscious organisms among its most striking occupants.

Some of the greatest moments in life come from moments that are incomplete.

I have a bumper sticker that Bowen created that says Regardless of my kids grades, they have an 'A' in my book'. Without play the child that still lives in all of us will always be incomplete. And not only physically, but creatively, intellectually, and spiritually as well.

There are complete men and incomplete men.

If you would be a complete man, put all of your soul's strength into all of your life's actions.

Cultural analysis is intrinsically incomplete.

And, worse than that, the more deeply it goes the less complete it is.


Mans most disagreeable habits and idiosyncrasies, his deceit, his cowardice, his lack of reverence, are engendered by his incomplete adjustment to a complicated civilisation. It is the result of the conflict between our instincts and our culture.

We don't read novels to have an experience like life.

Heck, we're living lives, complete with all the incompleteness. We turn to fiction to have an author assure us that it means something.

Stock prices are likely to be among the prices that are relatively vulnerable to purely social movements because there is no accepted theory by which to understand the worth of stocks....investors have no model or at best a very incomplete model of behavior of prices, dividend, or earnings, of speculative assets.

You can never represent yourself totally .

... to seek self -knowledge is to embark on a journey which ... will always be incomplete, cannot be charted on a map, will never halt, cannot be described.