Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
Practical efficiency is common, and lofty idealism not uncommon; it is the combination which is necessary, and the combination is rare
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of b
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.
At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
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.
World unity is the wish of the hopeful, the goal of the idealist and the dream of the romantic. Yet it is folly to the realist and a lie to the innocent.
Idealists...foolish enough to throw caution to the winds...have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
Idealist: One who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup