a counsel of perfection

a counsel of perfection

advice that is ideal but not feasible.
1986 E. Hall in Home Owner Manual Twice yearly desludging has been recommended but this is probably a counsel of perfection.
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She took the command to love your enemies seriously, not just as a counsel of perfection for a select few, but as a standard for Christian discipleship, which put her very much at odds with the mainstream.
This is indeed a counsel of perfection, unlikely to be heeded by writers who think they have something to say.