Ideal Quotes

Quotes tagged as "ideal" (showing 1-30 of 87)
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Love brings to light a lover's noble and hidden qualities-his rare and exceptional traits: it is thus liable to be deceptive of his normal qualities.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Jules Renard
“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.”
Jules Renard

Oscar Wilde
“Every single human being should be the fulfilment of a prophecy: for every human being should be the realisation of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

W. Somerset Maugham
“The ideal has many names and beauty is but one of them.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Cakes and Ale

“So long as the man with ambition is a failure, the world will tell him to let go of his ideal; but when his ambition is realized, the world will praise him for the persistence and the determination that he manifested during his dark hours, and everybody will point to his life as an example for coming generations. This is invariably the rule. Therefore pay no attention to what the world says when you are down. Be determined to get up, to reach the highest goal you have in view, and you will.”
Christian D. Larson

Victor Hugo
“The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.”
Victor Hugo, The Memoirs of Victor Hugo

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Christ knew that by bread alone you cannot reanimate man. If there were no spiritual life, no ideal of Beauty, man would pine away, die, go mad, kill himself or give himself to pagan fantasies. And as Christ, the ideal of Beauty in Himself and his Word, he decided it was better to implant the ideal of Beauty in the soul. If it exists in the soul, each would be the brother of everyone else and then, of course, working for each other, all would also be rich. Whereas if you give them bread, they might become enemies to each other out of boredom.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Jeffrey Fry
“Do no look for that ideal person to be with, be that ideal person.”
Jeffrey Fry

Alan Downs
“Always seek to allow others space to be imperfect.”
Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

Chris Simion
“Dacă arunci un om pentru că nu coincide cu idealul tău,înseamnă că nu îl iubeşti pentru ceea ce e, ci pentru ceea ce ai fi vrut să fie.”
Chris Simion, Ce ne spunem când nu ne vorbim

Charlotte Brontë
“Все мы ищем в жизни идеальное. Когда-то мной владела сладкая иллюзия, будто в положенное время большинство людей находит предмет своих исканий и происходит это скорее рано, нежели поздно. Хотя мне не довелось найти его в годы моей юности, твёрдая уверенность в том, что он всё же существует, продолжала жить в моей душе в самую лучшую, светлую пору жизни, сохраняя надежду. Но я не нашла его и в зрелости и смирилась с тем, что отныне так всегда и будет. Несколько бесцветных лет я жила спокойно, ничего не ожидая от грядущего.”
Charlotte Brontë, Emma
tags: ideal, love

Jordan B. Peterson
“Beauty shames the ugly. Strength shames the weak. Death shames the living - and the Ideal shames us all.”
Jordan B. Peterson, Jordan B. Peterson: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Ljupka Cvetanova
“He is not an ideal husband. I am his wife.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Steven Redhead
“Vengeance is never an ideal means to deal with any situation.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is A Cocktail

Abhijit Naskar
“Ideal is the one, who knows the self.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

Dexter Palmer
“In the middle of all the world's incessant noise, her message was music, and music was a thing that I'd mostly lived my life without. In the ten years since I'd last seen Miranda she'd come to somehow stand in for all the things I didn't have in life that were thought to make us human, all the absent music and touch and sympathy; in my mind she lived a separate life apart from her real one, and there she grew more pure and perfect with each passing day . . . In my mind Miranda had become a miracle.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Steven Redhead
“Running on the subconscious operating system is never ideal.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is A Cocktail

Lorenzo Frick
“Mich stört, dass manche Menschen sich stur der Erkenntnis verweigern, um einem Ideal entsprechen zu können.”
Lorenzo Frick

“Because I have an ideal to live up to. And I can't fall down in my own eyes!”
Avijeet Das

Karl Marx
“The sum of productive forces, capital funds and social forms of intercourse, which every individual and generation finds in existence as something given, is the real basis of what the philosophers have conceived as "substance" and "essence of man," and what they have deified and attacked: a real basis which is not in the least disturbed, in its effect and influence on the development of men, by the fact that these philosophers revolt against it as "self-consciousness" and the "Unique.”
Karl Marx, The German Ideology

Joyce Rachelle
“Sometimes the gap between what you are and what you want to be is a little piece of paper called your college degree. So jump.”
Joyce Rachelle

“...imagine that you hold in one hand an oddly shaped stone. You keep this hand closed into a fist, but still you can feel the stone’s curvature and the pointed edges, the roughness—of course, you know the relative size and weight and might even have a mental image of the color of this stone, even if you have not yet laid eyes upon it. Imagine that stone in your hand. Imagine what it is like to know everything about the way it feels, but nothing of how it looks. Hold that in mind for a moment.

Now, imagine that there is a person standing next to you who tells you that she also holds a stone in her hand. You look down and see the clenched fist and she sees yours and you confess the same. Neither of you, it seems, has yet opened the hand and seen the stone. Still, you can only trust each other’s proclamations. Standing together with your stones in hand, the two of you theorize about whether or not your respective stones are similar to one another. You discuss mundane details about your stones (not the special ones—you hesitate to make mention of the sharp point in the northern hemisphere or the flat area on the bottom). Your neighbor finally notes similarities between her stone and yours and you nod with relief and acknowledge that your stones indeed share reasonable commonalities. Over the course of your discussion, you and your neighbor finally conclude, without bothering to open your hands, that the stones you hold must indeed be quite similar.

Are they? It is only suitable to say that they are.

At the same time, and in spite of your desire not to offend, there is no doubt in your mind that the stone you hold bespeaks a greater prominence than that of your neighbor. You are not sure how you know this to be true, but it must be so! And I do not mean that this stone simply holds a greater subjective prominence. It has something of the universal, for it is, indeed, an auspicious stone! Silently, you hypothesize in what ways it must be special. It is possibly different in shape, color, weight, size and texture from the other, but you cannot confirm this. Perhaps, it is special by substance? Still, you are unsure. The very fact of your uncertainty begins to bother you and unleashes within you a deep insecurity. What if you are wrong and your stone is actually inferior to the other…or inferior even to some third stone not yet encountered?

Meanwhile, your neighbor is silently suffering in the same agony. Both of you tacitly understand that, without comparing the two visually, it is absurd to proclaim the two stones similar. Yet, your fist remains clenched, as does your neighbor’s and so you find yourselves unable to hold out the stones before you and compare them side-by-side. Of course, this is possible, but the mutual curiosity is outstripped by an inveterate pride, and so you both become afraid of showing (and even seeing) what you have, for fear that your respective stones will be different in appearance from the model that you have each conceptualized in mind. Meekly your eyes meet and you smile to one another at your new comradeship, but, all the while, remain paralyzed by a simultaneous shame and vanity.”
Ashim Shanker

Adolfo Bioy Casares
“Tal vez uno quiere la idea que uno se hace”
Adolfo Bioy Casares
tags: ideal, love

“We are all looking for perfection in our lives, but the truth is, there is no perfect. There’s just better and worse. And for what we are in this world, not being perfect is the perfect thing.”
Hamid Saleh

Mitch Albom
“What happened to me? I asked myself.
Morris's high, smoky voice took me back to my university years, when I thought rich people were evil, a shirt and tie were prison clothes, and life without freedom to get up and go - motorcycle beneath you, breeze in your face, down the streets of Paris, into the mountains of Tibet - was not a good life at all. What happened to me?”
Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Georges Rodenbach
“Oh the joy of an idée fixe! The contentment of a life taken up some ideal, any ideal! A gentle trap to catch the infinite, like the sun in a piece of mirror in a child's hand.”
Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Hayatımızın en ciddi amacı, hem kendi hem de başkalarının varoluşu için mücadele etmektir!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“The structural similarity of men, and their ability to be represented both as ideal, like Leonardo's Vitruvian Man, and as average. Man being the measure of all things, and therefore a sort of standard and interchangeable unit of length, breadth, intelligence, emotion. We could lay them end to end to measure the distance between the continents, the distance to the moon. We could use them to calculate the weight of weather, or to buy things at the grocery. With such an abundance of men, we could gauge anything we chose.”
Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

Alisha Rai
“Oh, God, he was a prince among men. A leprechaun riding a unicorn holding a fairy.”
Alisha Rai, Serving Pleasure

“Discard the ideal and impossible standard of perfection. You can love and accept yourself and still work on yourself.”
Akiroq Brost

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