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A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection. Nothing less.

Author: Pir Vilayat Khan (1916)

Profession: Western Philosopher Teacher, Master, Author

The enemy of idealism is zealotry.

Author: Neil Kinnock (1942)

Profession: British Labor Politician

It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.

Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Profession: Austrian Satirist

Idealist: a cynic in the making.

Author: Irving Layton (1912)

Profession: Canadian Poet

If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Some day the soft Ideal that we wooed confronts us fiercely, foe-beset, pursued, and cries reproachful: ''Was it then my praise, and not myself was loved? Prove now thy truth; I claim of thee the promise of thy youth.''

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

The true ideal is not opposed to the real but lies in it; and blessed are the eyes that find it.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should live and how one does live is so wide that a man who neglects what is actually done for what should be done learns the way to self-destruction rather than self-preservation.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Profession: Italian Author, Statesman

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.

Author: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Profession: Twenty-sixth President of the USA

The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.

Author: Jean Rostand (1894-1977)

Profession: French Biologist, Writer

I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

Author: Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Profession: American Poet

Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.

Author: Carl Schurz (1829-1906)

Profession: German-born American Senator

A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.

Author: Alexander Smith (1830-1867)

Profession: Scottish Poet, Author