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Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.

Author: John Galsworthy (1867-1933)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.

Author: Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Profession: American Anarchist

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.

Author: Sidney J. Harris (1917)

Profession: American Journalist

What we need most, is not so much to realize the ideal as to idealize the real.

Author: Francis Herbert Hedge (1846-1924)

Profession: British Philosopher

Ideals are the worlds masters.

Author: Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881)

Profession: American Author

Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

Author: Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964)

Profession: American - 31st American President

We for a certainty are not the first have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed whatever brute and blackguard made the world.

Author: A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

Profession: British Poet, Classical Scholar

When your dreams tire, they go underground and out of kindness that's where they stay.

Author: Libby Houston (1941)

Profession: British Poet

You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.

Author: Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Profession: Norwegian Dramatist

Don't use that foreign word ''ideals.'' We have that excellent native word ''lies.''

Author: Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Profession: Norwegian Dramatist

The further limits of our being plunge, it seems to me, into an altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely ''understandable'' world. Name it the mystical region, or the supernatural region, whichever you choose. So far as our ideal impulses originate in this region (and most of them do originate in it, for we find them possessing us in a way for which we cannot articulately account), we belong to it in a more intimate sense than that in which we belong to the visible world, for we belong in the most intimate sense wherever our ideals belong.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows.

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.

Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932)

Profession: Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent

When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.

Author: Ellen Key (1849-1926)

Profession: Swedish Author, Feminist