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Quotes About Ideals

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Oscar Wilde
“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
Oscar Wilde

Louisa May Alcott
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
Louisa May Alcott

W. Somerset Maugham
“It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. It looks as if they were victims of a conspiracy; for the books they read, ideal by the necessity of selection, and the conversation of their elders, who look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness, prepare them for an unreal life. They must discover for themselves that all they have read and all they have been told are lies, lies, lies; and each discovery is another nail driven into the body on the cross of life.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“People over forty can seldom be permanently convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Emilie Autumn
“And, what's more, this 'precious' body, the very same that is hooted and honked at, demeaned both in daily life as well as in ever existing form of media, harrassed, molested, raped, and, if all that wasn't enough, is forever poked and prodded and weighed and constantly wrong for eating too much, eating too little, a million details which all point to the solitary girl, to EVERY solitary girl, and say: Destroy yourself.”
Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

George S. Patton Jr.
“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”
George S. Patton Jr.

Simone de Beauvoir
“Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Woman Destroyed

David O. McKay
“Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself. A martyr at the stake may have happiness that a king on his throne might envy. Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals. For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone.”
David O. McKay, Pathways to Happiness

Oscar Wilde
“Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Kat Rosenfield
“So from now on, screw "perfect." Forget for a while about what kind of person you want to be, and just be the best version of the person you are. Figure out which of your classmates you genuinely like (not who you want to like you), and get to know them by telling your own stories and listening to theirs. Hang out with the people you think are cool, not the people you'd like to be considered cool by. Do things because they interest you, not because they make you look interesting... and then, take stock in a month and see whether you're not happier, healthier, and working on some actual friendships with other imperfect-but-lovely humans.”
Kat Rosenfield

G.K. Chesterton
“They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my childlike faith in practical politics.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Max Brooks
“This is the only time for high ideals because those ideals are all that we have. We aren't just fighting for our physical survival, but for the survival of our civilization. We don't have the luxury of old-world pillars. We don't have a common heritage, we don't have a millennia of history. All we have are the dreams and promises that bind us together. All we have...is what we want to be.”
Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Raymond Chandler
“Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men. So we have to work with what we get...”
Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake

David Crockett
“I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me... Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them. ”
David Crockett

Henry Miller
“He saw that science had become as great a hoax as religion, that nationalism was a farce, patriotism a fraud, education a form of leprosy, and that morals were for cannibals”
Henry Miller, The Time of the Assassins: a Study of Rimbaud

Jarod Kintz
“My face and body are not my essence. My actions, ideas, and ideals are the stuff of me. My clone will have my face and body, but he won’t be me.
”
Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

C. JoyBell C.
“I hope I don't write TOO many books! When I look at authors who have written too many books, I wonder to myself "When did they live?" I certainly want to write BECAUSE I live! I know I don't want to write in order to live! My writing is an overflow of the wine glass of my life, not a basin in which I wash out my ideals and expectations.”
C. JoyBell C.

Hermann Hesse
“At one time I had given much thought to why men were so very rarely capable of living for an ideal. Now I saw that many, no, all men were capable of dying for one.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

Ronald Reagan
“Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root... Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated.”
Ronald Reagan, The Quest for Peace, the Cause of Freedom

Norman Douglas
“You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.”
Norman Douglas

John Fowles
“8. You hate the political buisness of nationality. You hate everything, in politics and art and everything else, that is not genuine and deep and necessary. You don't have time for silly trivial things. You live seriously. You don't go to silly films, even if you want to; you don't read cheap newspapers; you don't listen to trash on the wireless and the telly; you don't waste time talking about nothing. You use your life.”
John Fowles, The Collector

Janet Fitch
“Prostitute. Whore. What did they really mean anyway? Only words. Words trailing their streamers of judgment. I hated labels anyway. People didn't fit in slots-- prostitute, housewife, saint-- like sorting the mail. We were so mutable, fluid with fear and desire, ideals and angles, changeable as water.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Dallas Willard
“There is no avoiding the fact that we live at the mercy of our ideas This is never more true than with our ideas about God.”
Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

Wade Davis
“The measure of a society is not only what it does but the quality of its aspirations.”
Wade Davis

Friedrich Nietzsche
“It was suffering and incapacity that created all afterworlds - this, and that brief madness of bliss which is experienced only by those who suffer deeply.
Weariness that wants to reach the ultimate with one leap, with one fatal leap, a poor ignorant weariness that does not want to want any more: this created all gods and afterworlds.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Tony Judt
“in a constitutionally ordered state, where laws are derived from broad principles of right and wrong and where those principles are enshrined and protected by agreed upon procedures and practices, it can never be in the long-term interest of the state or its citizens to flout those procedures at home or associate too closely overseas with the enemies of your founding ideals.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

“The scepticism which men affect towards their higher inspirations is often not an honest doubt, but a guilty negligence, and is a sign of narrow mind and defective wisdom.”
James Martineau, Tides of the Spirit: Selections from the Writings of James Martineau

John Rachel
“We hold our dreams and ideals close to our hearts, where the promises are made to the future generations.”
John Rachel, A Long Night's Journey Into Daylight

“Ideals make reason inaccessible.”
Floriano Martins

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