Quotations on Idealism
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Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Politics, Thought, Idealism, Will)
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Feelings, Idea, Deep, Idealism, Nothing)
Whatever happened to a sense of idealism and embracing an idea that will help people and, in this case, children?
- Rod Blagojevich
(Keywords: People, Idea, Children, Help, Idealism, Sense, Will)
You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.
(Keywords: Dream, Action, Idealism, World)
I've always wanted to play Don Quixote in some way. It's a great role. I think the idealism of the man shows that hope that we have in the human breast to achieve something.
- Dominic Chianese
(Keywords: Hope, Idealism, Man, Play)
At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
- Shirley Chisholm
(Keywords: Politics, Women, Determination, Country, Idealism, Needs, Present)
As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism.
- Christopher Dawson
(Keywords: Religion, Christian, Culture, Idealism, Lies, Morals, Tradition)
The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment, the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control the aggressive dynamism of nationalism.
- Christopher Dawson
(Keywords: Control, Idealism, Nationalism, Nations, Spirit, United)
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.
- John Foster Dulles
(Keywords: Faith, Men, Peace, War, Idealism, Self, Will, World)
Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.
- Germaine Greer
(Keywords: Women, Being, Idealism, Reality)
The fact is, beneath the hype, Iraqis will soon appreciate American help and idealism far more than French perfidy. It is never wrong to be on the side of freedom - never.
- Victor Davis Hanson
(Keywords: American, Fact, Freedom, Help, Idealism, Will, Wrong)
The nature of journalism has been the enemy of idealism and the source of cynicism among American reporters and editors throughout our history.
- Richard Harwood
(Keywords: History, Nature, American, Cynicism, Editors, Enemy, Idealism, Journalism)
Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.
- Sidney Hook
(Keywords: Foolishness, Idealism, Ignorance)
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
- Herbert Hoover
(Keywords: Actions, Idealism, Words)
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Power, Gentlemen, Idealism, Will)
It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.
- Karl Kraus
(Keywords: Ability, Idealism, Loss, Old, Style)
But it is well to remember that we are dealing with nations every one of which has a direct individual interest to serve, and there is grave danger in an unshared idealism.
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Keywords: Danger, Grave, Idealism, Interest, Nations)
Only through the conscious action of the working masses in city and country can it be brought to life, only through the people's highest intellectual maturity and inexhaustible idealism can it be brought safely through all storms and find its way to port.
- Rosa Luxemburg
(Keywords: Life, People, Action, Country, Idealism, Maturity, Storms)
Even when Darwin's teaching first made its appearance, it became clear at once that its scientific, materialist core, its teaching concerning the evolution of living nature, was antagonistic to the idealism that reigned in biology.
- Trofim Lysenko
(Keywords: Nature, Appearance, Evolution, First, Idealism, Living, Teaching)
By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.
- Ian Mcewan
(Keywords: Faith, People, Future, Idealism, Justice, Sense)
It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
- H. L. Mencken
(Keywords: Men, Idealism, Materialism, Trouble, Visions, World)
Idealism that makes no distinction between areas where our national interest lies and those from which it is remote does no good for America. The weariness of the post-Versailles, post-Korea, post-Vietnam eras is never far from the national mood.
- Dick Morris
(Keywords: America, Idealism, Interest, Lies, Post)
Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that.
- Richard M. Nixon
(Keywords: Patriotism, People, Americans, Freedom, Garden, Idealism, Passion)
And all this effort, all this loss of comradeship, all this prostitution of idealism and manhood, to assist the capitalists of this country to defeat the proletariat!
- Harry Pollitt
(Keywords: Country, Defeat, Effort, Idealism, Loss, Prostitution)
Over the past decade... while many businesses have pursued what I call 'business as usual,' I have been part of a different, smaller business movement, one that tried to put idealism back on the agenda.
- Anita Roddick
(Keywords: Business, Idealism, Past)
The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives us our notion of the absolute Self. To it the first is only preparatory. This second aspect is the one which from Kant, until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.
- Josiah Royce
(Keywords: Time, Thought, First, Idealism, Present, Self)
This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that, as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent, and, after a fashion familiar. I must state it in my own way, although one in vain seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view.
- Josiah Royce
(Keywords: Fashion, Idealism, Novelty, State)
In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Experience, Idealism, Result, Word)
If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough - you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.
- Richard Stallman
(Keywords: Goal, Idealism, Want, World)
A lot of my idealism was frustrated by the end of the '60s because of the way things went with the assassinations and the sense that the political establishment was so fixed in its ways you couldn't change anything.
- David Talbot
(Keywords: Change, End, Idealism, Sense)
Idealistic reformers are dangerous because their idealism has no roots in love, but is simply a hysterical and unbalanced rage for order amidst their own chaos.
- William Irwin Thompson
(Keywords: Love, Chaos, Idealism, Order)
No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Keywords: History, Time, Act, Idealism, Motives)