Ideal Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ideal quotes, ideal sayings, and ideal proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Ideals are the worlds masters. Josiah Gilbert Holland
Our ideals are our better selves. Amos Bronson Alcott
Life without an ideal is spiritual death. Emma Goldman
You cannot seek for the ideal outside the realm of reality. Leon Blum
Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows. Joseph Joubert
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The ideal itself is but truth clothed in the forms of art. Octave Feuillet
In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices. Jean Rostand
Fix upon your ideal of what you wish to make of yourself. Wallace D. Wattles
The ideal is not believing in, but believing from. Eric Butterworth
You need contradictions to make an ideal. Alex Shakar
The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others. Aristotle
The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found. Joan Rivers
Ideals do exist, the rest is just temporary interruption. Vanna Bonta
The ideal of character always runs beyond the attainment. Lyman Abbott
Normality is a fine ideal for those who have no imagination. Carl Jung
Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination. Marquis De Sade
An ideal culture is one that makes a place for every human gift. Margaret Mead
An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband. Booth Tarkington
Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them. Albert Schweitzer
The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Phillips Brooks
Live for an ideal and leave no place in the mind for anything else. Swami Vivekananda
The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion. Stanley Baldwin
He who attains his ideal, precisely thereby surpasses it. Friedrich Nietzsche
Ideal relationship is based on giving. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Make your ideal your new real. Derek Padula
Find the ideal in something not ideal. Robert Denning
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. Jules Renard
The ideal companion in bed is a good book. Robertson Davies
The ideal course of life is not always easy. Joseph B. Wirthlin
Any parent knows how to be the ideal parent. Emma Donoghue
A man's ideal woman is the one he couldn't get. Helen Rowland
The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere. Geoff Dyer
The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The ideal way to win a championship is step by step. Phil Jackson
The ideal structure for a family is one that remains so. Jacquelyn Mitchard
The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them. W. Somerset Maugham
Truly great companies are built on ideals, not just deals. Alan Watts
My ideal of manliness is to be incapable of doing anything Robert Pattinson
The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two. Sophie Swetchine
For many, immaturity is an ideal, not a defect. Mason Cooley
The most ideal approach to advance is the way of opportunity. John F. Kennedy
To have ideals is not the same as to have impracticable ideals. Susan Stebbing
The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. Arthur Ashe
Every novel is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality. Jorge Luis Borges
The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy. Aristotle
The ideal editor will hold you to the best of yourself in the piece. Alexander Chee
In an ideal world, pressure should come from below and from the top. Frank Gehry
The ideal day never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so. Horatio Dresser
Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept! Paramahansa Yogananda