Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.
Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyse your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.
Ideals do exist, the rest is just temporary interruption.
The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished
I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say no to war. For one does not create a human society on mounds of corpses.
A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers
Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.