„High ideals make a people strong. … decay comes when ideals wane.“

Education (1902)

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Louis Sullivan
US-amerikanischer Architekt 1856 - 1924

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„It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

No known source; it appears to be a paraphrase of the last sentence of Einstein's "An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man". Earliest known attribution is in the Washingon Afro-American, AFRO Magazine Section, Sept 21, 1954, p. 2 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=I8slAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6_QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4494,1273325
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„Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933

1920s, Speech on the Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (1926)
Kontext: Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. This is both historically and logically true. Of course the government can help to sustain ideals and can create institutions through which they can be the better observed, but their source by their very nature is in the people. The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.

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Calvin Coolidge Foto

„The chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933

1920s, The Press Under a Free Government (1925)
Kontext: It can safely be assumed that self-interest will always place sufficient emphasis on the business side of newspapers, so that they do not need any outside encouragement for that part of their activities. Important, however, as this factor is, it is not the main element which appeals to the American people. It is only those who do not understand our people, who believe that our national life is entirely absorbed by material motives. We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things that we want very much more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction. No newspaper can be a success which fails to appeal to that element of our national life. It is in this direction that the public press can lend its strongest support to our Government. I could not truly criticize the vast importance of the counting room, but my ultimate faith I would place in the high idealism of the editorial room of the American newspaper.

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„Buddhists and Christians contrive to agree about death
Making death their ideal basis for different ideals.
The Communists however disapprove of death
Except when practical.“

—  William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984

"Ignorance of Death" (1940), line 3; cited from John Haffenden (ed.) The Complete Poems (London: Allen Lane, 2000) p. 78.
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Robert Denning Foto

„Find the ideal in something not ideal.“

—  Robert Denning American interior designer 1927 - 2005

House & Garden (July 1991), p. 120.

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„We consider that the United Nations' ideal is a Jewish ideal.“

—  David Ben-Gurion Israeli politician, Zionist leader, prime minister of Israel 1886 - 1973

As quoted in "The Watchman" in TIME magazine (16 August 1948) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,798932-2,00.html

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„The military instincts and ideals are as strong as ever, but they are confronted by reflective criticisms which sorely curb their ancient freedom.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

1900s, The Moral Equivalent of War (1906)
Kontext: At the present day, civilized opinion is a curious mental mixture. The military instincts and ideals are as strong as ever, but they are confronted by reflective criticisms which sorely curb their ancient freedom. Innumerable writers are showing up the bestial side of military service. Pure loot and mastery seem no longer morally allowable motives, and pretexts must be found for attributing them solely to the enemy.

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„The likeness of man, once a high ideal, is in process of becoming a machinemade article. It is for madmen like us, perhaps, to ennoble it again.“

—  Hermann Hesse, buch Der Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf (1927)
Kontext: “It is not a good thing when man overstrains his reason and tries to reduce to rational order matters that are no susceptible of rational treatment. Then there are ideals such as those of the Americans or Bolsheviks. Both are extraordinarily rational, and both lead to a frightful oppression and impoverishment of life, because they simplify it so crudely. The likeness of man, once a high ideal, is in process of becoming a machinemade article. It is for madmen like us, perhaps, to ennoble it again.”

Blake Lewis Foto

„The song's about coming together as one in an ideal world. And we might not be able to accomplish that, but tonight we can start by making it a better place.“

—  Blake Lewis American musician 1981

Commenting on his take of Imagine by John Lennon in the Inspirational week in his pre-performance clip on April 24, 2007.
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Michael Moorcock Foto

„I now know that legends in themselves have no power. The power comes from the uses that the living make of the legend. The legends merely represent an ideal.“

—  Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939

Book 3, Chapter 2 “The Destruction in the Fortress” (p. 260)
The Elric Cycle, The Fortress of the Pearl (1989)

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„The ideal and the real are not mutually exclusive. A thing may be ideal and also real.“

—  R. G. Collingwood British historian and philosopher 1889 - 1943

Quelle: "Some Perplexities about time: with an attempted solution" (1925), p. 150

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„Setbacks in trying to realize the ideal do not prove that the ideal is at fault.“

—  Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961

As quoted by Rolf Edberg, Swedish Ambassador to Norway, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Hammarskjöld in Oslo, Norway (10 December 1961) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1961/hammarskjold-acceptance.html

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