Idealism Quotes

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.

Richard M. Rorty

My sense of the holy is bound up with the hope that some day my remote descendants will live in a global civilization in which love is pretty much the only law.

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.


The idealist hopes. The romantic sees doom. The postmodernist sees doom and hopes.

Tan Malaka

Idealisme adalah kemewahan terakhir yang hanya dimiliki oleh pemuda.

Toba Beta

I prefer truth-based entertaining idealism.

Putu Wijaya

Saya akan lebih mendulukan kebenaran-kebenaran universal, bukan hutang budi, bukan kewajiban moral dan bukan juga pengabdian buta.

Ayn Rand

Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.

Susan Neiman

As long as your ideas of what's possible are limited by what's actual, no other idea has a chance.

Ayn Rand

Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential.

Susan Neiman

One great function of the arts is to keep ideals alive in a culture that does not yet realize them.

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.


A man is always devoted to something more tangible than a woman - the idea of her.

William Hazlitt

I do not care a fig for any woman that knows even what an author means.

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

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.

Doris Lessing

This is an inevitable and easily recognizable stage in every revolutionary movement: reformers must expect to be disowned by those who are only too happy to enjoy what has been won for them.

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.

Hunter S. Thompson

Liberalism itself has failed, and for a pretty good reason. It has been too often compromised by the people who represented it.

Chronis Missios

My generation failed to change the world, but at least I did not let the world change me.

Joy Davidman

What war did for him (hasten disillusionment with communism), childbirth did for me. I began to notice what neglected, neurotic waifs the children of Communists were and to question the genuineness of the love of mankind that didn't begin at home.

Eça De Queirós

Let us depart instead for the fields of Dreams and wander those blue, romantic hills where stands the abandoned tower of the Supernatural, where cool mosses clothe the ruins of Idealism. Let us, in short, indulge in a little fantasy!

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Reality is what people who lack vision see.

Clarence Day Jr.

Too many moralists begin with a dislike of reality.

Kedar Joshi

In reality the universe has no geometry.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

the real is coherent and probable because it is real, and not real because it is coherent...

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A realist is a slave to reality.

Julianna Baggott

I prefer true over happy now.

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.

Iain Pears

He had volunteered early, rather than waiting to be conscripted, for he felt a duty and an obligation to serve, and believed that ... being willing to fight for his country and the liberty it represented, would make some small difference. ... His idealism was one of the casualties of the carnage [of Verdun].

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.

Norman Rockwell

I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be so and painted only the ideal aspects of it - pictures in which there are no drunken slatterns or self-centered mothers . . . only foxy grandpas who played baseball with kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the back yard.

E.A. Bucchianeri

Let's always try to paint the truth ... our art must be made to mean something.

Arthur Koestler

History knows no scruples and no hesitation. Inert and unnering flows towards her goal. History knows herway. She makes no mistakes.

Todd Garlington

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

Jonathan Franzen

Nice people don't necessarily fall in love with nice people.

Daniel Waterman

Being Jewish did not compromise the humanitarian and universalist ideals of my close relatives who, having experienced persecution close hand, were more concerned with bringing about peace, justice and equality in the world than in trying to cut out a niche where they could continue an insular - Jewish - fantasy.

Wallace Stegner

It's idealistic, it's for love and gentleness, it's close to nature, it hurts nobody, it's voluntary. I can't see anything wrong with any of that.'
'Neither can I. The only trouble is, this commune will be inhabited by and surrounded by members of the human race.

Damon Suede

Bravery usually looked stupid from the outside.

John Mark Reynolds

What makes Geoffrey Chaucer such compelling reading is his creation of a riveting conversation between the ideal and the everyday.

B.R. Ambedkar

If you ask me, my ideal would be the society based on liberty, equality and fraternity.
An ideal society should be mobile and
full of channels of conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts.

Bryant McGill

The real battlefield is the realm of ideas.

J.M. Coetzee

Why has he taken this job?... For the sake of the dogs? But the dogs are dead; and what do dogs know of honour and dishonour anyway? For himself then. For his idea of the world, a world in which men do not use shovels to beat corpses into a more convenient shape for processing.

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