Ideal Quotes

Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state

Thomas De Quincey

Everything about my teenage life was almost ideal.

Esther Williams

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

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.

Unknown

Any baseball is beautiful. No other small package comes as close to the ideal in design and utility. It is a perfect object for a man's hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose: it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance-thrown hard and with precision

Roger Angell

There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.

Calvin Coolidge

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

Victor Hugo

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

Mark Twain

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.

Emily Post

Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.

Karl Kraus

For me the ideal date would be to drink wine in the backyard under the stars, listen to music and just talk. Then we would eat steak and, later, dessert. If all went as planned, we would save some of the dessert and play with it while making out.

Karen McDougal

One might consider an ideal series of parks as you might a great water system, using the metaphor of green water in massive lakes emptying into larger reverse and small creeks, rushing narrowly over waterfalls and following placidly and broadly through the flat countryside in a continuous sequence of parklands. Then it curls around and through cities in man-determined forms, held back by reservoirs, channeled over aqueducts and finally rising -- as in Rome, in fountains, small ones in dusty corners and large, baroque ones in mighty plazas. Thus, the fields and trees of parks should be, as water, not scattered oases such as Yosemite, but a weaving, interconnected green mass that changes in size and purpose, but always inter-penetrates forcibly but gently the urban, suburban, and rural scene.

William M. Roth

The business of art is to enlarge and correct the heart and to lift our ideals out of the ugly and the mean through love of the ideal...The business of art is to appeal to the soul.

Florence Earle Coates

Pleased rather with some soft ideal scene, The work of Fancy, or some happy tone Of meditation, slipping in between The beauty coming and the beauty gone

William Wordsworth

Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved

William A. Foster

The Constitution was framed fundamentally as a bulwark against governmental power, and preventing the arbitrary administration of punishment is a basic ideal of any society that purports to be governed by the rule of law.

William Joseph Brennan, Jr.

As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron

H. L. Mencken

Real life is, to most men ... a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.

Bertrand Russell

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.

Jules Reynard

I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.

Luis Barragan

Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up, and thicken, the environment we recognize as modern. Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.

Susan Sontag

Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.

Robert Maynard

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

Stanley Baldwin

Golf is an ideal diversion, but a ruinous disease

Bertie Forbes

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