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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.

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.
Bill Moyers

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

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