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At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or 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
It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one.
Morris Raphael Cohen
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
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
It is never wise to discourage youthful idealism.
Twenty-year-olds have a kind of emotional idealism about relationships and about the world that enables them to say, 'No, you lied to me. Goodbye.' When they see wickedness, they walk away.
In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
John Buchanan Robinson
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.
In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me.
Idealism loses to pragmatism when it comes to winning elections.
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.
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
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.
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.
The acceptance of certain realities doesn't preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs.
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
Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.
Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.
Pearl S. Buck
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.
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.
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