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Ideals And Idealism Quotes

Our ideals are our better selves.

Author: Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)

Profession: American Educator, Social Reformer

Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.

Author: Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)

Profession: Russian Political Theorist

The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.

Author: Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947)

Profession: British Conservative Politician, Prime Minister

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.

Author: William F. Buckley (1925-)

Profession: American Writer

Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

The actual well seen is ideal.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Nearly all the Escapists in the long past have managed their own budget and their social relations so unsuccessfully that I wouldn't want them for my landlords, or my bankers, or my neighbors. They were valuable, like powerful stimulants, only when they were left out of the social and industrial routine.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.

Author: Malcolm De Chazal (1902-1981)

Profession: French Writer

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?

Author: Eliza Cook (1818-1889)

Profession: British Poet

The idealist's program of political or economic reform may be impracticable, absurd, demonstrably ridiculous; but it can never be successfully opposed merely by pointing out that this is the case. A negative opposition cannot be wholly effectual: there must be a competing idealism; something must be offered that is not only less objectionable but more desirable.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

Author: Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Profession: American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Author: Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Profession: German Jewish Refugee, Diarist

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet, I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.

Author: Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Profession: German Jewish Refugee, Diarist