Ideal - Idealists Quotes

What we need most, is not so much to realize the ideal as to idealize the real.

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be.

When a man forgets his ideals, he may hope for happiness, but not till then.

If you believe in an ideal, you don’t own it, it owns you.

Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.

If we are unwilling to let our ideals cost us anything, our ideals aren’t worth anything.

The only way to settle questions of an ideological nature or controversial issues among the people is by the democratic method, the method of discussion, of criticism, of persuasion and education, and not by the method of coercion or repression.