Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds.
They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.
I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak, Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the independent candidates act like they're on drugs.
Idealistic producing is safe. Sensibly projected in the theater, the fine thing always does pay and always will.
To sleep around is absolutely wrong for a woman;
it's degrading and it completely ruins her personality. Sooner or later it will destroy all that is feminine and beautiful and idealistic in her.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice.
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
Helpless, unknown, and unremembered, most human beings, however sensitive, idealistic, intelligent, go through life as passengers rather than chauffeurs. Although we may pretend that it is the chauffeur who is the social inferior, most of us, like Toad of Toad Hall, would not mind a turn at the wheel ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
Do not consider Collectivists as sincere but deluded idealists.
The proposal to enslave some men for the sake of others is not an ideal; brutality is not idealistic, no matter what its purpose. Do not ever say that the desire to do good by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system -- that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.
However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.
They look for a victim to chivy, and howl him down, and finally lynch him in a sheer storm of sexual frenzy which they honestly imagine to be moral indignation, patriotic passion or some equally allowable emotion, it may be an innocent Negro, a Jew like Leo Frank, a harmless half-witted German; a Christ-like idealist of the type of Debs, an enthusiastic reformer like Emma Goldman.
These [Arab] youth who have been inspired by universal values are idealistic enough to imagine a magnificent future and, at the same time, realistic enough to balance this kind of imagination and the process leading to it - not using violence, not trying to create chaos.
My father is a real idealist, and he's all about learning.
If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up, it was just a resounding 'No.' But if I asked for a saxophone, one would appear and next day and I'd be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning, my father would spare no expense.
In the current climate, we live in a pessimistic and non-idealistic world.
Nothing is more idealistic than a journalist on the defensive.
No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
I'm an idealist without illusions.
There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money - and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact.
Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.