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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Ideals and Idealism (48 Quotations)

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Our ideals are our better selves.
~ Amos Bronson Alcott

 

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Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
~ Mikhail Bakunin

 

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

 

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Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.
~ William F. Buckley

 

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Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.
~ Albert Camus

 

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The actual well seen is ideal.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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Nearly all the Escapists in the long past have managed their own budget and their social relations so unsuccessfully that I wouldn't want them for my landlords, or my bankers, or my neighbors. They were valuable, like powerful stimulants, only when they were left out of the social and industrial routine.
~ Willa Cather

 

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The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.
~ Malcolm De Chazal

 

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No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?
~ Eliza Cook

 

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The idealist's program of political or economic reform may be impracticable, absurd, demonstrably ridiculous; but it can never be successfully opposed merely by pointing out that this is the case. A negative opposition cannot be wholly effectual: there must be a competing idealism; something must be offered that is not only less objectionable but more desirable.
~ Charles Horton Cooley

 

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There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
~ Calvin Coolidge

 

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An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
~ Henry Ford

 

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I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
~ Anne Frank

 

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It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet, I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.
~ Anne Frank

 

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Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
~ John Galsworthy

 

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Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
~ Emma Goldman

 

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An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
~ Sidney J. Harris

 

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What we need most, is not so much to realize the ideal as to idealize the real.
~ Francis Herbert Hedge

 

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Ideals are the worlds masters.
~ Josiah Gilbert Holland

 

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