Quotes About Idealism

An idealist is one who helps the other fellow to make a profit.
Henry Ford

To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man.
G. K. Chesterton

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make a better soup.
H. L. Mencken

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Bertrand Russell

All idealism is falsehood in the face of necessity.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit: divorced from it, they remain barren.
Bertrand Russell

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
Carl Shurz

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

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.
John Galsworthy

America is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.
John Gunther

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow.  And politics is the bow of idealism.
Bill Moyers

It’s a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing.
Andrew Young

The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson’s on the main drag into maturity.
Paul Theroux



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