Idealist Quotes

Quotes tagged as "idealist" (showing 1-29 of 29)
Cornel West
“I have tried to be a man of letters in love with ideas in order to be a wiser and more loving person, hoping to leave the world just a little better than I found it.”
Cornel West, The Cornel West Reader

Vera Nazarian
“It is interesting that we call something good a “dream,” but being called a “dreamer” is somewhat of a putdown.

Without dreamers, no dream would ever be given reality, and we would live in a very small and shallow world.

If you are a secret dreamer, it’s your time to announce yourself.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Jim Butcher
“Isana stared at Gaius for a moment. Then she said, "How can you live with yourself?"

The First Lord stared at her for a moment, his eyes cold. Then he spoke in a very quiet, precise, measured voice. "I look out my window each day. I look out my window at people who live and breathe. At people who have not been devoured by civil war. At people who have not been ravaged by disease. At people who have not starved to death, who have not been hacked apart by enemies of humanity, at people who are free to lie and steal and plot and complain and accuse and behave in all manner of repugnant ways because the Realm stands. Because law and order stands. Because something other than simple violence shapes the course of their lives. And I look, wife of my son, mother of my heir, at a very few decent people who have had the luxury of living their lives without being called upon to make hideous decisions I would not wish upon my worst enemies, and who consequently find such matters morally appalling when they consider them--because they have not had to be the ones who dealt with them." He took a short, hard swallow of wine. "Feh. Aquitaine thinks me his enemy. The fool. If I truly hated him, I'd give him the Crown.”
Jim Butcher, Princeps' Fury

Toba Beta
“Any discussion between idealist and realist would never end.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Alfred Nobel
“I am a misanthrope, but exceedingly benevolent; I am very cranky, and am a super-idealist. ... I can digest philosophy better than food.”
Alfred Nobel

Mik Everett
“If I wasn't idealistic, there wouldn't be anything worth fighting for.”
Mik Everett

Crystal Woods
“I guess I just grew up thinking that when we become adults, we get to do what we love. For work, for fun, forever. I don't know where I got that from. Seems silly now.”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 2

Ford Madox Ford
“You see in such a world as this, an idealist -or perhaps it's only a sentimentalist-must be stoned to death. He makes the others so uncomfortable. He haunts them at their golf.”
Ford Madox Ford, Parade's End

Awdhesh Singh
“Idealism is an ideal which is based on the idea of someone of the perfect world or the perfect life. An idealist fails to understand the limitation of his idea and believes that the real world can be converted into the world of his idea.”
Awdhesh Singh, Good and Evil: Two Sides of the Same Coin

“មនុស្សទាំងអស់គ្មានតម្លៃទេ បើសិនណាជាគេមិនបានធ្វើការងារដែលមានតម្លៃ ដែលហៅថាការងារដែលមានតម្លៃ គឺជាការងារដែលប្រាស់ចាកភាពអាត្មានិយម”
Khem Veasna

M.F. Moonzajer
“Idealists are either blind or clowns; because they think it is possible to have a beautiful world with asshole creatures like humans.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Frank O'Connor
“a grin that wasn't natural, and that combined in a strange way affection and arrogance, the arrogance of the idealist who doesn't realize how easily he can be fooled.”
Frank O'Connor, Collected Stories

Eric Hoffer
“The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.”
Eric Hoffer

Sudha Murty
“At twenty, if you are not an idealist, then you don't have a heart. And if you continue being an idealist at forty, then you don't have a brain.”
Sudha Murty, House of Cards

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“To put a dreamer in their place isn’t dreaming.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Agatha Christie
“This was genius at close quarters, and genius had that something above normal in it that was a great strain upon the ordinary mind and feeling. All five were different from each other, yet each had that curious quality of burning intensity, the single-mindedness of purpose that made such a terrifying impression. She did not know whether it were a quality of brain or rather a quality of outlook, of intensity. But each of them, she thought, was in his or her way a passionate idealist.”
Agatha Christie, Destination Unknown

Kyi Aye
“ေလာက၌ အိပ္မက္ မက္တတ္သူသာ မက္ရသည္ပဲ။ ဒါဟာ နႏၵာရဲ႕ အမွားေတာ့ ျဖစ္သည္။ သို႕ေသာ္ နႏၵာမျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ရေသာ ေမြးကတည္းက ပါေသာ အမွားျဖစ္သည္။ ထိုိအမွားေၾကာင္႔ စိတ္သိမ္ေမြ႔ရသည္။ အထီးတည္းႏုိင္ရသည္။ သူတကာႏွင္႔ ေရာလုိ႔ မရသည္။ တေယာက္တည္း ဖဲခြာထြက္လာတတ္ေစသည္။ ေ၀ဒနာခံစားရာ၌ ျပင္းျပေစသည္။ ေလာက၍ အေကာင္းဆုံးခ်ည္း၊ အလွကုိခ်ည္းျမင္ေစ၊ ေမွ်ာ္မွန္းေစၿပီး အေကာင္းႏွင္႔အလွဆုိတာခ်ည္း ျဖစ္ႏုိင္သည္ဟု ယုံမွားေစေသး၏။ စိက္ကူးယဥ္ေစ၏။ စိတ္ဒဏ္ရာ ရလြယ္ေစ၏။ ေမ႔ေပ်ာက္ခဲေစ၏။”
Kyi Aye, ေမာင္ ကိုကို ႏွင့္ ျမနႏၵာ

Nina Munk
“What can we do? We cannot enforce. We try to explain. We want to empower. But no one can come and change them if they do not want themselves -Ahmed Maalim Mohamed”
Nina Munk, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

Nina Munk
“I know that if you spend enough on each person person in a village, you will change their lives. If you put in enough resources-enough mzungu,foreigners, technical assistance, and money-lives change. I know that....The problem is, when you walk, what happens? -Simon Bland”
Nina Munk, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

Alistair Cooke
“America is a country in which I see the most persistant idealism and the blandest of cynicism and the race is on between its vitality and its decadence.”
Alistair Cooke

Alwyn Hamilton
“If the throne changes hands, we will be invaded. My son is an idealist. Idealists make great leaders, but they never make good rulers. So I'll tell you what I believe, Amani. I believe that if my son's rebellion were ever to succeed, or even gain enough of a foothold to cast doubt upon my rule, we would be torn to shreds by foreign powers. It would destroy Miraji, just like my father would have destroyed it before us.

- The Sultan”
Alwyn Hamilton, Traitor to the Throne

“As we go through life, we essentially grow a personality. Our personality branches out in many directions to assist us organize our thoughts, feelings, values, ideas, and coping mechanisms. Our exhibited behavior – the way we organize and deal with life – becomes an external representation of our central self.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

M.F. Moonzajer
“We are all born idealists, until life fucks us all.”

Dortha Jackson
“America: A place where Realists have the freedom to be Idealists.”
Dortha Jackson, Seeds

“For the philosopher, language, thought, and passion are the same. Ideas are personal to a philosopher; they express their human passion and articulate their novel ideas in language. Ideas are more than mere concepts, trifles that the philosophical mind toys with. Ideas provide both the structure and inner vitality that holds great thinkers’ conceptual structure together.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“We write, edit, and rewrite the story of our own life employing descriptive words, metaphors, and symbols. Our lives are full of symbols including those supplied by nature and religion, which touch upon the mystical and spiritual aspects of life. Symbols inspire enduring hope by formulating idealist expectations.”
Kilroy J. Oldster

“La escuela debería seducir, enamorar. Ser ese escenario donde todos los días los alumnos al salir explicasen en sus casas y entornos qué han aprendido, cómo y para qué, con entusiasmo, y al día siguiente al llegar a la escuela también contar qué han aprendido, cómo y para qué con sus amigos, con sus tutores y con su familia. Y generar mariposas en el estómago.”
Anna Fores, Neuromitos en educación

Abhijit Naskar
“Every high ideal appears utopian to the ordinary masses, until they see it manifesting in front of their own eyes.”
Abhijit Naskar, Let The Poor Be Your God