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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

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Bertrand Russell

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Herbert Hoover

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
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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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