Ideal - Idealists Quotes

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But, like the seafaring men on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them reach your destiny.

The visionary denies the truth to himself, the liar only to others.

Ideals are thoughts. So long as they exist merely as thoughts, the power in them remains ineffective.

Our shortcomings are the eyes with which we see the ideal.

Judging by what I have learned about men and women, I am convinced that there is far more in them of idealist will power than ever comes to the surface of the world. Just as the water of the streams we see is small in amount compared to that which flows underground, so the idealism […]

All idealism is falsehood in the face of necessity.

When they come downstairs from their ivory towers, idealists are apt to walk straight into the gutter.

The idealist is incorrigible. If he is turned out of his heaven, he makes an ideal out of his hell.

Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America, my fellow citizens – I do not say it in disparagement of any other great people – America is the only idealistic nation in the world.