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1. "Bismarck fought 'necessary' wars and killed thousands, the idealists of the twentieth century fight 'just' wars and kill millions."
Author: A.J.P. Taylor
2. "Nonetheless, he is a boy. Despite his talents, a boy. And a boy is more idealistic than a man, and high ideals in the hands of children can be as dangerous as weapons. He thought he was in the right, and because he thought he was in the right, he thought there would be an exception. That's that."
Author: Adam Levin
3. "Idealism does not represent a superfluous expression of emotion, but in truth it has been, is, and will be, the premise for what we designate as human culture...Without his idealistic attitude all, even the most dazzling faculties of the intellect, would remain mere intellect just likeoutward appearance without inner value, and never creative force....The purest idealism is unconsciously equivalent to the deepest knowledge..."
Author: Adolf Hitler
4. "Cynics are, in the end, only idealists with awkwardly high standards."
Author: Alain De Botton
5. "Cezayir kentinin disinda,kapilari kara demirden,küçük bir mezarlik vardir.Sonuna kadar gidildi mi,vadi görünür,vadinin ardindada körfez.Denizle birlikte gögüs geçiren bu sunu karsisinda uzun uzun düslere dalinabilir.Ama insan geldigi yoldan geri dönerken "Tükenmez üzüntüler" diye bir yazi bulur.Bereket versin,idealistler var da her seyi yoluna koyuyorlar. Tersi ve Yüzü kitabindan...."
Author: Albert Camus
6. "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."
Author: Alfred North Whitehead
7. "A communist conspiracy among the youth ... speakers on campuses/trained to condition idealistic brains"
Author: Allen Ginsberg
8. "The idealist hopes. The romantic sees doom. The postmodernist sees doom and hopes."
Author: Bauvard
9. "Optimist: "It is on the slow ride that the heart beats fastest."Realist: "We would've snuggled on the Ferris wheel, it's true – but only the rollercoaster could have made me scream."Pessimist: "Yes, we most wish to love those who bore us."Idealist: "Then why not live the excitement of your dreams?"Pragmatist: "Just don't fall off the Ferris wheel in your simulated swoon – wear a seat belt!"Metaphysician: "What for, when the fall would be such a short descent into heaven!"
Author: Bauvard
10. "People are creators. But I doubt that many realize this. We are not meant to go out into the world and find flawless things, we are not meant to sit down and have flawless things fall into our laps. But we are creators. We can create a beautiful thing out of what we have. The problem with idealistic people is that they see themselves as receivers instead of creators, they end up hunting for the flaw in everything in order to measure it up to their ideals. Now, when you see yourself as a creator, you can look at a chunk of marble and see the angel within it. Then you carve until you have set that angel free."
Author: C. JoyBell C.
11. "I'm all for Spencer. He's sincere, idealistic, and a good preacher. I just don't believe that social action is the main business of the Church." "Then what is?""Salvation."
Author: Catherine Marshall
12. "I was very excited about the idea that I could be an idealist, that I could be my age, the eager beaver who had hope in the justice system and the one who gets disappointed just like the audience."
Author: Elisabeth Rohm
13. "In the current climate, we live in a pessimistic and non-idealistic world."
Author: Emilio Estevez
14. "They always believe that 'things are in a bad way now,' but they 'haven't any faith in these idealists.' One minute they call Wilson 'just a dreamer, not practical'- a year later they rail at him for making his dreams realities. They haven't clear logical ideas on one single subject except a sturdy, stolid opposition to all change. They don't think uneducated people should be highly paid, but they won't see that if they don't pay the uneducated people their children are going to be uneducated too, and we're going round and round in a circle. That- is the great middle class."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
15. "A grin that wasn't natural, and that combined in a strange way affection and arrogance, the arrogance of the idealist who doesn't realize how easily he can be fooled."
Author: Frank O'Connor
16. "Some change their philosophy of life with every book they read: one book sells them on Freud, the next on Marx; materialists one year, idealists the next; cynics for another period, and Eberals for still another. They have their quivers full of arrows but no fixed target. As no game makes the hunter tired of the sport, so the want of destiny makes the mind bored with life."
Author: Fulton J. Sheen
17. "Look, suppose that there was one among all those who desire nothing but material and filthy lucre, that one, at least, is like my old Inquisitor, who himself ate roots in the desert and raved, overcoming his flesh, in order to make himself free and perfect, but who still loved mankind all his life, and suddenly opened his eyes and he saw that there is no great moral blessedness in achieving perfection of the will only to become convinced, at the same time, that millions of the rest of God's creatures have been set up only for mockery, that they will never be strong enough to manage their freedom, that from such pitiful rebels will never come giants to complete the tower, that it was not for such geese that the great idealist dreamt his dream of harmony."
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
18. "The Platonic idealist is the man by nature so wedded to perfection that he sees in everything not the reality but the faultless ideal which the reality misses and suggests."
Author: George Santayana
19. "Men can absent themselves from real life for their art more easily. Women are anchored into the quotidian business of getting food on the table, making sure everybody's socks match, the soccer gear is ready. I admire idealists, but they're usually enabled by someone who holds the tether on their balloon, who pays the bills and sweeps up after them."
Author: Geraldine Brooks
20. "Thus we kept on like true idealists, rejecting the evidence of our senses"
Author: Henry David Thoreau
21. "I am an idealist, which can be tiring."
Author: Hussein Chalayan
22. "The scene [Bruegel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus'] is filled with a vast field, and a cow and a farmer plowing. In the left-hand corner is a tiny ocean the size of a palm, and there, I can barely make it out, the two legs of a man who fell headlong into the sea. This is called the Fall of Icarus. Compared to everyday life, the fall of an idealist who flew too high with candle-wax wings is an unremarkable tragedy."
Author: Hwang Sok Yong
23. "A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice."
Author: Irving Babbitt
24. "It is a mistake," he said, " to suppose that the public wants the environment protected or their lives saved and that they will be grateful to any idealist who will fight for such ends. What the public wants is their own individual comfort. We know that well enough from our experience in the environmental crisis of the twentieth century. Once it was well known that cigarettes increased the incidence of lung cancer, the obvious remedy was to stop smoking, but the desired remedy was a cigarette that did not cause cancer. When it became clear that the internal-combustion engine was polluting the atmosphere dangerously, the obvious remedy was to abandon such engines, and the desired remedy was to develop non-polluting engines."
Author: Isaac Asimov
25. "I'm an idealistwho has outgrownmy idealismI have nothing to dothe rest of my lifebut do itand the rest of my lifeto do it"
Author: Jack Kerouac
26. "... when it seemed at every turn that the winds of fate had blown our lives afoul, financially, emotionally, or idealistically. Look at all that we endured. Look at all we managed to light along our path through the long shadow of adversity. Look at the seemingly indestructible affiliation that was once us. And look at us now."
Author: Jonathan Evison
27. "I always want to tell these young idealists that the world is not as dangerous as many in the older generation want them to believe...The [people] for whom I feel the greatest sadness are the ones who choke on their beliefs, who never act on their ideals, who never know the state of struggle in a decent cause, and never know the thrill of even partial victories."
Author: Jonathan Kozol
28. "It is this country that is dangerous, with her idealistic conception of legality. The social spirit of this people is wrapped up in scrupulous prejudices and that is fatal to our work.. You talk of England being our only refuge! So much the worse. What do we want with refuges ? Here you talk, print, plot, and do nothing."
Author: Joseph Conrad
29. "Antislavery idealists might prefer to live in some better world, which like all such places was too good to be true. The American nation in 1790, however, was a real world, laden with legacies like slavery, and therefore too true to be good."
Author: Joseph J. Ellis
30. "All cynics are disappointed idealists. The more stars in the eyes, the harder the fall."
Author: Josh Lanyon
31. "Nothing was easier to shatter than the fragile shield of an idealist."
Author: Kristin Hannah
32. "I am an absurd idealist. But I believe that all that must come true. For, unless it comes true, the world will be laid desolate. And I believe that it can come true. I believe that, by the grace of God, men will awake presently and be men again, and colour and laughter and splendid living will return to a grey civilisation. But that will only come true because a few men will believe in it, and fight for it, and fight in its name against everything that sneers and snarls at that ideal."
Author: Leslie Charteris
33. "Idealists are either blind or clowns; because they think it is possible to have a beautiful world with asshole creatures like humans."
Author: M.F. Moonzajer
34. "Choosing sepia is all to do with trying to make the image look romantic and idealistic. It's sort of a soft version of propaganda."
Author: Martin Parr
35. "The world is so caught up in the 'American Idol' idealistic sort of tendency in regards to just thinking that this whole thing is what everybody wants, but it doesn't help you make a better record."
Author: Maxwell
36. "Nothing is more idealistic than a journalist on the defensive."
Author: Melvin Maddocks
37. "It's not only imagination, it's the distortion of the vision. You suddenly think, This person is idealistic, this person is strong, this person has dreams, when you know better most of the time. You put what you want to see on people."
Author: Olivier Martinez
38. "We're all idealistic when young."
Author: Pat Oliphant
39. "I heard somebody open and shut the gate to the barn lot, but I didn't look around. If I didn't look around it would not be true that somebody had opened the gate with the creaky hinges, and that is a wonderful principle for a man to get hold of... What you don't know know don't hurt you, for it ain't real. They called that Idealism in my book I had when I was in college, and after I got hold of that principle I became an Idealist... If you are an Idealist it does not matter what you do or what goes on around you because it isn't real anyway."
Author: Robert Penn Warren
40. "Reaching your potential is not simply about dreaming or being idealistic, It is a process that involve specific actions, exercises, discipline and hard work. It is challenging, rewarding and unending."
Author: Robert Steven Kaplan
41. "I am a mixture of idealist and realist."
Author: Roger Moore
42. "Although sometimes I might sound sometimes idealist or too optimistic but I think my father used to say to me in everything bad there's something good that is going to come out of it and there will always be a tomorrow."
Author: Saad Hariri
43. "Any idealist who tries to join the Peace Corps must realize he is not going to change the world overnight."
Author: Sargent Shriver
44. "I know it's very idealistic and utopian, but I believe we need to just let everyone not be judged in terms of religion, groups or nations or region."
Author: Shahrukh Khan
45. "How many times in life have I been advised to "toe the line," to "tone it down," to stop "pushing the envelope"? As a journalist, I had to keep my opinions to myself for 30 years. I thought that, as an artist, I'd have the liberty to express my views. Now I'm told that doing so might hurt my readership. I'm so idealistic, as I said elsewhere on FB today, that I think people ought to read my books because they're good. Period."
Author: Sherry Jones
46. "You'd be a fool or a deluded idealist to think ethics would be prominent on Wall Street. That is not a statement against people in the money business, just a fact."
Author: Steven Levitt
47. "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."
Author: Sydney J. Harris
48. "I, for one, am actually still incredibly idealistic, and I still can credibly or very strongly believe that you have to keep fighting for what you believe in, because it's only when you stop that you've truly lost."
Author: Vanessa Kerry
49. "You Europeans know nothing about America. Because we amass large fortunes you think we care for nothing but money. We are nothing for it; the moment we have it we spend it, sometimes well, sometimes ill, but we spend it. Money is nothing to us; it's merely the symbol of success. We are the greatest idealists in the world; I happen to think that we've set our ideal on the wrong objects; I happen to think that the greatest ideal man can set before himself is self-perfection"."
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
50. "[Hayward] honestly mistook his sensuality for romantic emotion, his vacillation for artistic temperament, and his idleness for philosophical calm... He was an idealist."
Author: W. Somerset Maugham

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Now it's just that dishwater blond," my mom continued as she snaps the last roller into place.I get up and kiss her on the cheek. "Thanks, Momma," I say, looking in the mirror over the mantel to check my pink plastic Afro head. Dishwater? Seriously? Way to build the self-esteem before the most important day of my life, I think; but what I say is, "I'm gonna go get ready for bed."
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