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Quotes About Idealism

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George Carlin
“Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.”
George Carlin

John Lennon
“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”
John Lennon, Imagine

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else. And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights: And Other Stories

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Falling in love is very real, but I used to shake my head when people talked about soul mates, poor deluded individuals grasping at some supernatural ideal not intended for mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. Then, we met, and everything changed, the cynic has become the converted, the sceptic, an ardent zealot.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Arthur Schopenhauer
Der Mensch kann tun was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will.

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

H.L. Mencken
“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.”
H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques

Bauvard
“The idealist hopes. The romantic sees doom. The postmodernist sees doom and hopes.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Eric Bogosian
“It's my duty as a human being to be pissed off”
Eric Bogosian, subUrbia

Tan Malaka
“Idealisme adalah kemewahan terakhir yang hanya dimiliki oleh pemuda.”
Tan Malaka

“I'm not ready to let the youthful part of myself go yet. If maturity means becoming a cynic, if you have to kill the part of yourself that is naive and romantic and idealistic - the part of you that you treasure most - to claim maturity, is it not better to die young but with your humanity intact?”
Kenneth Cain, EMERGENCY SEX: AND OTHER DESPERATE MEASURES

“Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustrated idealist — someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.”
Peter M. Senge

Jim Butcher
“God save me from idealists.”
Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

G.K. Chesterton
“They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my childlike faith in practical politics.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Ayn Rand
“Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.”
Ayn Rand

Bauvard
“Optimist: “It is on the slow ride that the heart beats fastest.”
Realist: “We would’ve snuggled on the Ferris wheel, it’s true – but only the rollercoaster could have made me scream.”
Pessimist: “Yes, we most wish to love those who bore us.”
Idealist: “Then why not live the excitement of your dreams?”
Pragmatist: “Just don’t fall off the Ferris wheel in your simulated swoon – wear a seat belt!”
Metaphysician: “What for, when the fall would be such a short descent into heaven!”
Bauvard, The Darkness of Nature

Leslie Charteris
“I am an absurd idealist. But I believe that all that must come true. For, unless it comes true, the world will be laid desolate. And I believe that it can come true. I believe that, by the grace of God, men will awake presently and be men again, and colour and laughter and splendid living will return to a grey civilisation. But that will only come true because a few men will believe in it, and fight for it, and fight in its name against everything that sneers and snarls at that ideal.”
Leslie Charteris, The Last Hero

Alain de Botton
“Cynics are - beneath it all - only idealists with awkwardly high standards.”
Alain de Botton

Adolf Hitler
“Industry, technology, and commerce can thrive only as long as an idealistic national community offers the necessary preconditions. And these do not lie in material egoism, but in a spirit of sacrifice and joyful renunciation.”
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

Robert Hughes
“What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890? Ebullience, idealism, confidence, the belief that there was plenty of territory to explore, and above all the sense that art, in the most disinterested and noble way, could find the necessary metaphors by which a radically changing culture could be explained to its inhabitants.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

William James
“See the exquisite contrast of the types of mind! The pragmatist clings to facts and concreteness, observes truth at its work in particular cases, and generalises. Truth, for him, becomes a class-name for all sorts of definite working-values in experience. For the rationalist it remains a pure abstraction, to the bare name of which we must defer. When the pragmatist undertakes to show in detail just why we must defer, the rationalist is unable to recognise the concretes from which his own abstraction is taken. He accuses us of denying truth; whereas we have only sought to trace exactly why people follow it and always ought to follow it. Your typical ultra-abstractions fairly shudders at concreteness: other things equal, he positively prefers the pale and spectral. If the two universes were offered, he would always choose the skinny outline rather than the rich thicket of reality. It is so much purer, clearer, nobler.”
William James, Pragmatism and Other Writings

Charles Dickens
“That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Bauvard
“A man is always devoted to something more tangible than a woman - the idea of her.”
Bauvard, The Prince Of Plungers

Alisa Steinberg
“Being an idealist is not being a simpleton; without idealists there would be no optimism and without optimism there would be no courage to achieve advances that so-called realists would have you believe could never come to fruition.”
Alisa Steinberg

“As long as your ideas of what's possible are limited by what's actual, no other idea has a chance.”
Susan Neiman, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists

Rachel Held Evans
“We tend to take whatever’s worked in our particular set of circumstances (big family, small family, AP, Ezzo, home school, public school) and project that upon everyone else in the world as the ideal.”
Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

“To try to reform all the power structures at once would leave us with no power structure to use in our project. In any case, we will be able to see that absolute moral renewal could be attempted only by an absolute power and that a tyrannous force such as this must destroy the whole moral life of man, not renew it.”
Michael Polanyi, Meaning

Toba Beta
“When that time come, nobody will care for each other.
You don't have to prove me wrong, you'll need that energy.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Reality is what people who lack vision see.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

Arthur Koestler
“History knows no scruples and no hesitation. Inert and unnering flows towards her goal. History knows herway. She makes no mistakes.”
Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon

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