Top 77 Admirable Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Admirable Quotes from famous people such as Homer, Mortimer Adler, Henry Petroski, Lee Myung-bak, Helen Hayes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.
Mortimer Adler
Many of the familiar little things that we use every day have typically evolved over a period of time to a state of familiarity. They balance form and function, elegance and economy, success and failure in ways that are not only acceptable, but also admirable.
Henry Petroski
I know that throughout their history, the people of the United States defended their freedom, their liberty, their justice, and their rights – if need be – with their lives. I think their courage is so admirable.
Lee Myung-bak
People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.
Helen Hayes
I’d say that all nations have contact with the truth, and all religions have admirable people.
Jon Voight
To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
Irving Wallace
The ACA – popularly known as ‘Obamacare’ – has been an important step forward toward an admirable goal: providing access to health insurance for all Americans. But like many reforms generated by the political process, the ACA is problematic.
Ron Williams
The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.
Vladimir Nabokov
Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.
Gloria Steinem
Yeltsin was admirable but flawed, noble but tainted, but in his own negligent grandeur, he undermined his own real achievements – and accelerated their ruin.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
I feel like Texas high schools, when you consider the melting pot that exists in Texas, do a fairly impressive job. No education process is perfect, but I think that, with plenty of room to improve, they do an admirable job when you compare them to the rest of the field.
Mike Leach
Few areas which are not publicly owned can boast as many footpaths as the Cuckmere Valley. For a short walk, a footbridge across the river leads back to the little hamlet of Milton Street, where another classic local pub, the Sussex Ox, provides an admirable lunch.
David Hewson
We all have a great deal of admirable qualities, and we all have some that could probably be improved upon.
Matt Bomer
At the New York Harvard Club, they’ve moved the memorial for those who died in World Wars I and II up to an obscure little hallway; they used to be in the main hall, in the most prominent location. The sacrifice of those young people I always found so stunning and so admirable.
Whit Stillman
I like all the families in the U.K. But what I like about the idea of the royal family is… they seem like they’re well educated and there’s something admirable about them. And the Queen… she reminds me of my grandma.
There’s an admirable belief about the virtues of meritocracy – that the best ideas prove the best results. It’s a wrong and misguided belief by well-intentioned people.
Mitch Kapor
I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
A stricken tree, a living thing, so beautiful, so dignified, so admirable in its potential longevity, is, next to man, perhaps the most touching of wounded objects.
Edna Ferber
Access to high-quality education is way too limited. The United States has the world’s most admirable higher education system, and yet it is very restrictive. It’s so hard to get into. I never got into it as a student.
Sebastian Thrun
We cannot uphold the rule of law only when it is consistent with our beliefs. We must uphold it even when it protects behavior that we don’t like or is unattractive or is not admirable or that might even be hurtful.
Cheryl Mills
You have to really want to be a Navy SEAL. The passion you need to endure the rigors of training, to become the best of the best… It’s admirable.
Suzanne Brockmann
I wouldn’t dream of commenting on Hilary Mantel as a novelist, frankly I’d be grateful if she stayed off my patch as a historian. She is intelligent, she is bright, she is an admirable writer. I happen to find her Tudor novels unreadable, but that’s because I am a Tudor historian.
David Starkey
This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The short form, for those people who can master it – and I am by no means one of them – it is very admirable, because it is really hard to tell stories that can stick with the audience and still be between 5 and 30 minutes long. I think it’s a real challenge.
Karyn Kusama
A publisher saw one of my historical novels and thought I would write an admirable detective story, so she offered me a two-book contract, and I grabbed it.
Kerry Greenwood
I pride myself on that, even though I’m kind of under the radar, when I step on the field, I try to do an admirable job.
Spencer Paysinger
I like the fact that Melbourne always seems to support their chefs and promote them in ways I find really admirable.
Anthony Bourdain
The capsules of the geranium furnish admirable barometers. Fasten the beard, when fully ripe, upon a stand, and it will twist itself or untwist, according as the air is moist or dry.
Dorothea Dix
No two people take on the information of being admirable and being admired in the same way.
Jock Sturges
It’s true that none of my characters are admirable. But maybe I’m primarily a satirist, and a satirist needs to hold up what’s not admirable.
T. C. Boyle
If you're blessed to do something like 'Roots'... you f

If you’re blessed to do something like ‘Roots’… you find yourself immersed. You’re asked to do this, to do that – all for admirable causes. But you’re just swamped.
Alex Haley
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde
There’s something really admirable about French culture and an attraction in how independent it is from our own. So, it’s odd that in other countries that are very American-influenced – who seem to care more about the Oscars than anyone here does – there’s both anti-Americanism and also too much America.
Whit Stillman
One of the admirable features of British novelists is that they have no scruple about setting their stories in foreign settings with wholly foreign personnel.
James Buchan
Praying can make a difference, and it is up to all of us to try that, with faith, and see if it will not support these admirable troops, their spouses, and their families.
Michael Enzi
During the year 1894, Pierre Curie wrote me letters that seem to me admirable in their form. No one of them was very long, for he had the habit of concise expression, but all were written in a spirit of sincerity and with an evident anxiety to make the one he desired as a companion know him as he was.
Marie Curie
At the heart of every successful romance novel lies the evolution of its characters. Through love, heroes and heroines grow not only into a perfect match, but into stronger, better, more admirable people.
Sarah MacLean
Our biggest struggle as human beings is to project ourselves as something that society has deemed admirable or likable instead of being honest.
Matthew Shultz
If one cannot command attention by one’s admirable qualities one can at least be a nuisance.
Margery Allingham
Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret.
Albert Camus
Let’s face it: professing a deep interest in movies, the absolutely dominant global art form of the last century, is at this point like professing an interest in air. Passion is nice. Erudition is admirable. But it’s like that moment when good manners cross over into meaningless etiquette.
David Rakoff
There’s very little admirable about being a pirate. There’s very little functional about a pirate. There’s very little real about a pirate.
Will Oldham
An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality.
Jasmine Guy
We give our kids vaccinations. That’s a biological enhancement that’s considered not just acceptable but actually admirable.
Francis Collins
Judi Dench has always been the benchmark for me. Everything I have seen her do is incredible. I also really admire Cate Blanchett. In terms of people I have worked with, there is no one more admirable than Hugh Jackman, for his spirit, energy, generosity and hard work.
Laura Donnelly
I think it’s very admirable, in a superhero movie, to be able to take a few risks.
Shane Black
Just as he who gives his life to serve a great idea is admirable, he who avails himself of a great idea to serve his personal hopes of glory and power is abominable, even if he too risks his life.
Jose Marti
I think it’s an amazing quality to be able to roll with the punches and not be totally ruined as a person because life’s been rough for you. That’s a really admirable way to go through your life.
Anna Paquin
The child who has been taught to make an accurate elevation, plan, and section of a pint pot has had an admirable training in accuracy of eye and hand.
Thomas Huxley
There seems to me to be something admirable, indeed noble, about the people arguing over Richard III. They’re doers rather than naysayers, romantics rather than realists, people looking for meaning rather than numbness.
Lucy Worsley
The first fight I saw live, the fighter I was shadowing lost in front of a crowd of forty thousand people. The scale of that is staggering to me. Undergoing that overlap between something very personal and something very public strikes me as both admirable and also somewhat terrifying.
Katie Kitamura