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a counsel of perfection

Instructions or advice given for one to attain an ideal but unfeasible or unrealizable standard. But in the current market, those entering the workforce are coming up against a counsel of perfection, demanding that they have not only a college degree or two, but also several years' experience and a huge list of professional references if they hope to find any job that pays more than minimum wage. So I need inventory in order to start making money, but I won't accumulate inventory until I have money. Doesn't that seem like a counsel of perfection to you? Who said you have to have your whole life figured out in order to be a worthy romantic partner? That sure sounds like a counsel of perfection to me.
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cook (something) to perfection

To cook something to an ideal state. Wow, this is delicious—you really cooked this chicken to perfection!
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perfection is the enemy of good

The demand, desire, or insistence for perfection decreases the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. I know you want your research paper to be great, but perfection is the enemy of good. At this rate you won't even finish it in time! As a manager, you have to realize both the potential and the limits of your employees. Push them when necessary, but keep in mind that perfection is the enemy of good.
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cook something to perfection

to cook something perfectly. John cooked my steak to perfection. The entire dinner was cooked to perfection!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Gardens are a Greater Perfection than architecture because, in the words he quotes of Francis Bacon from 1625, they are the culmination of a civilizing process: 'When Ages grow to Civility and Elegancie, Men come to Build Stately, sooner than Garden Finely: as if Gardening were the Greater Perfection'.
The perceived contradiction between truth and love that troubles sinful man is an illusion, which is overcome by the perfection of the first theological virtue, faith-rightly understood as the Catholic faith.