Idealism Quotes

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

Jonathan Franzen
“Nice people don't necessarily fall in love with nice people.”
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

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,

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 Dostoevsky, White Nights and Other Stories

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

Terry Pratchett
“I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Karl Popper
“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.”
Karl Popper

Neil Gaiman
“There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“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

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

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

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

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

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

Edith Wharton
“Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?”
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

Sinclair Lewis
“He loved the people just as much as he feared and detested persons.”
Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

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

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

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

Todd Garlington
“Once people said: Give me liberty or give me death. Now they say: Make me a slave, just pay me enough.”
Todd Garlington

Nick Harkaway
“People don't want children to know what they need to know. They want their kids to know what they ought to need to know. If you're a teacher you're in a constant battle with mildly deluded adults who think the world will get better if you imagine it is better. You want to teach about sex? Fine, but only when they're old enough to do it. You want to talk politics? Sure, but nothing modern. Religion? So long as you don't actually think about it. Otherwise some furious mob will come to your house and burn you for a witch.”
Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World

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

Kazuo Ishiguro
“Perhaps one day, all these conflicts will end, and it won't be because of great statesmen or churches or organisations like this one. It'll be because people have changed. They'll be like you, Puffin. More a mixture. So why not become a mongrel? It's healthy.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

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

Tomas Schuman
“[T]he useful idiots, the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of the Soviet socialist or Communist or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. That’s why my KGB instructors specifically made the point: never bother with leftists. Forget about these political prostitutes. Aim higher. [...] They serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Marxist-Leninists come to power—obviously they get offended—they think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot.”
Yuri Bezmenov

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

B.R. Ambedkar
“A historian ought to be exact, sincere and impartial;
free from passion, unbiased by interest, fear, resentment or affection;
and faithful to the truth, which is the mother of history the preserver of great actions, the enemy of oblivion, the witness of the past, the director of the future.”
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Writings And Speeches: A Ready Reference Manual

John Howard Griffin
“I'm annoyed by those who love mankind but are discourteous to people.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

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