Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on.
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist
We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
It's time for greatness -- not for greed. It's a time for idealism -- not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
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.
Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.
Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth
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
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
Ideals are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.
I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.
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.
We never reach our ideals, whether of mental or moral improvement, but the thought of them shows us our deficiencies, and spurs us on to higher and better things
When a man forgets his ideals, he may hope for happiness, but not till then
Ideals do exist, the rest is just temporary interruption.
Some people never have anything except ideals.
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