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You cannot chase a dollar and an ideal at the same time.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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

HENRY FORD, remarks in court, July 1919

We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but when it is hard.

BARACK OBAMA, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2009

It took years of wear and tear before idealism crumbled like so much bric-a-brac.

JAMES SIEGEL, Detour

Ideals are great in theory ... but they don't work too well in real life.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Narcissus in Chains

The idealists give us much on which to feed, but if it were not for the utilitarians, they would starve us all.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

If ideals mean nothing ... then we are just animals.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Narcissus in Chains

Some men -- not all men -- see always before them an ideal, a mental picture if you will, of what they ought to be, and are not. Whoso seeks to follow this ideal revealed to the mental vision, whoso seeks to attain to conformity with it, will find it enlarge itself, and remove from him. He that follows it will improve his own moral character, but the ideal will remain always above him and before him, prompting him to new exertions.

WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, The Blazing Star

Let us reach for the world that ought to be -- that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls.

BARACK OBAMA, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2009

An age deficient in idealism has ever been one of immorality and superficial attainment, since without the sense of ideas, nobility of character becomes of rare attainment, if possible.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than the basement.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

It is wrong to have an ideal view of the world. That's where the mischief starts. That's where everything starts unravelling.

V. S. NAIPAUL, Magic Seeds

He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

I know idealism is not playing on the radio right now, you don't see it on TV, irony is on heavy rotation, the knowingness, the smirk, the tired joke. I've tried them all out but I'll tell you this ... idealism is under siege beset by materialism, narcissism and all the other isms of indifference. Baggism, Shaggism. Raggism. Notism, graduationism, chismism, I don't know. Where's John Lennon when you need him?

BONO, PENN Address, 2004

The Ideal is the invisible Sun which is always on the meridian of the soul.

WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, The Blazing Star

The ideal, after all, is true than the real: for the ideal is the eternal element in perishable things.

HENRI-FREDERIC AMIEL, Journal Intime

Read Bertrand Russell's essay on Idealism

Read Walter Matthews' essay on Idealism


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