Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become.

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become.

Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

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I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.

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If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.

Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows.

Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come.

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.

A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection. Nothing less.

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.

Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour, always inspired by the ideal.

I have this theory- that if we're told we're bad, then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.

Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.

An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.

It has been found difficult; and left untried.

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

Idealist: a cynic in the making.

The true ideal is not opposed to the real but lies in it; and blessed are the eyes that find it.

The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.

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.

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.

Our ideals are our better selves.

The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.

Man is a social being.

The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.

The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.

To be an ideal guest, stay at home.

The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.

The actual well seen is ideal.

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

Ideals are the worlds masters.

When your dreams tire, they go underground and out of kindness that's where they stay.

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.

A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.

Saddle your dreams before you ride em.

The American ideal is youth --handsome, empty youth.

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.