The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Every human being has within him an ideal man, just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the Greek made of the god Apollo.
The ideal man doesn't exist. A husband is easier to find.
To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few.