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IDEALS
[ Also see Aspiration Idealism Ideality Perfection Vision Youth ]

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

We never reach our ideals, whether of mental or moral improvement, but the thought of them shows us our deficiencies, and spurs us on to higher and better things.
      - Tryon Edwards

The ideals that have lighted my way and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth.
      - Albert Einstein

No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.
      - Quintus Ennius

The ideal state for a philosopher, indeed, is celibacy tempered by polygamy.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices.
      - Jean Rostand

The vital straining towards an ideal, definite but latent, when it dominates a whole life, may express that ideal more fully than could the best-chosen word.
      - George Santayana

We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.
      - Sir Walter Scott


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