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Definition of Idealism

Idealism

  1. The quality or state of being ideal.
  2. Conception of the ideal; imagery.
  3. The system or theory that denies the existence of material bodies, and teaches that we have no rational grounds to believe in the reality of anything but ideas and their relations.
  4. The practice or habit of giving or attributing ideal form or character to things; treatment of things in art or literature according to ideal standards or patterns; -- opposed to realism.

Idealism Quotations

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
Carl Jung

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

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.
Bono

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Herbert Hoover

True Americanism is practical idealism. Its aims, instead of being materialistic and mechanical, are idealistic to the point of being Utopian. In this way, the U.S. can provide and express ideals that strike a chord in humans everywhere - a declaration of independence on behalf of all the peoples of the world.
Maurice Saatchi
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Idealism Translations

idealism in German is Idealismus
idealism in Hungarian is idealizmus
idealism in Norwegian is idealisme
idealism in Spanish is idealismo
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