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Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
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
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.
Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others. In other words, it is the opposite of idealism.
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
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.
Hubert H. Humphrey
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.
Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.
Pearl S. Buck
At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
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
In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me.
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
All of Koons's best art - the encased vacuum cleaners, the stainless-steel Rabbit (the late-twentieth century's signature work of Simulationist sculpture), the amazing gleaming Balloon Dog, and the cast-iron re-creation of a Civil War mortar exhibited last month at the Armory - has simultaneously flaunted extreme realism, idealism, and fantasy.
Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society.
It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.
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.
I have always thought that foreign-policy idealism has to be tempered with realism.
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
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.
Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.
My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I'm grateful.
What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world.
In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
John Buchanan Robinson
If you didn't have some sense of idealism, then what is there to sustain you?
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
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.
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