Ideal Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ideal quotes, ideal sayings, and ideal proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Ideals are the worlds masters.     

Josiah Gilbert Holland

Our ideals are our better selves.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Life without an ideal is spiritual death.     

Emma Goldman

You cannot seek for the ideal outside the realm of reality.     

Leon Blum

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

Joseph Joubert

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The ideal itself is but truth clothed in the forms of art.     

Octave Feuillet

In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices.     

Jean Rostand

Fix upon your ideal of what you wish to make of yourself.     

Wallace D. Wattles

The ideal is not believing in, but believing from.     

Eric Butterworth

You need contradictions to make an ideal.     

Alex Shakar

The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others.     


The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.     

Joan Rivers

Ideals do exist, the rest is just temporary interruption.     

Vanna Bonta

The ideal of character always runs beyond the attainment.     

Lyman Abbott

Normality is a fine ideal for those who have no imagination.     

Carl Jung

Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.     

Marquis De Sade

An ideal culture is one that makes a place for every human gift.     

Margaret Mead

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

Booth Tarkington

Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.     

Albert Schweitzer

The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still.     

Phillips Brooks

Live for an ideal and leave no place in the mind for anything else.     

Swami Vivekananda

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

Stanley Baldwin

He who attains his ideal, precisely thereby surpasses it.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Ideal relationship is based on giving.     

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Make your ideal your new real.     

Derek Padula

Find the ideal in something not ideal.     

Robert Denning

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.     

Jules Renard

The ideal companion in bed is a good book.     

Robertson Davies

The ideal course of life is not always easy.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Any parent knows how to be the ideal parent.     

Emma Donoghue

A man's ideal woman is the one he couldn't get.     

Helen Rowland

The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere.     

Geoff Dyer

The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The ideal way to win a championship is step by step.     

Phil Jackson

The ideal structure for a family is one that remains so.     

Jacquelyn Mitchard

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

W. Somerset Maugham

Truly great companies are built on ideals, not just deals.     

Alan Watts

My ideal of manliness is to be incapable of doing anything     

Robert Pattinson

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

Sophie Swetchine

For many, immaturity is an ideal, not a defect.     

Mason Cooley

The most ideal approach to advance is the way of opportunity.     

John F. Kennedy

To have ideals is not the same as to have impracticable ideals.     

Susan Stebbing

The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.     

Arthur Ashe

Every novel is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality.     

Jorge Luis Borges

The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy.     


The ideal editor will hold you to the best of yourself in the piece.     

Alexander Chee

In an ideal world, pressure should come from below and from the top.     

Frank Gehry

The ideal day never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so.     

Horatio Dresser

Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept!     

Paramahansa Yogananda