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

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
Bertrand Russell idealists quote

Idealist: a cynic in the making.
— Irving Layton

The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.
— Malcolm De Chazal

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