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You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot.
The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
H. L. Mencken
I'm not an idealist. I know we're not going to be living in a world that's peace and love all the time. But we can live in a world where we kill each other a lot less.
I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
Sydney J. Harris
I am a mixture of idealist and realist.
I'm an idealist without illusions.
John F. Kennedy
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
Politics is not a game for naive thinkers. You may go in as an idealist, but you certainly won't come out as one.
The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.
Malcolm de Chazal
I am an idealist, which can be tiring.
The cynic finds love with the idealist. The rebel with the conformist. The social butterfly with the bookworm. They help each other balance their lives.
My father is a real idealist, and he's all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up, it was just a resounding 'No.' But if I asked for a saxophone, one would appear and next day and I'd be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning, my father would spare no expense.
The Minimalists are idealist. They want to minimize themselves in favor of the ideal... But I just can't. You see, my paintings are not cool.
Idealist: a cynic in the making.
When I was younger, I was somewhat of an idealist. I guess I'm a little bit more of a realist now. I think there's a lot that can be done to make the world a better place, but it's more about choosing your battles.
Don't make me into this airy-fairy, moralist, idealist because I'm not.
Really, I have to laugh because there was a whole set of stories that made me sound like the Dragon Lady, you know, 'tough this and tough that.' Then there is this business about 'gooey.' The bottom line is I am a pragmatic idealist.
Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal - because I'm an idealist.
I'm still a bit of a romantic and an idealist and hopelessly naive.
I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible.
Any idealist who tries to join the Peace Corps must realize he is not going to change the world overnight.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.
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