Top 60 Idealism Quotes

In this post, you will find great Idealism Quotes from famous people, such as Billy Corgan, Henry Cabot Lodge, Riz Ahmed, Teresa Heinz, Gunnar Myrdal. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an ideali

In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me.
But it is well to remember that we are dealing with nations every one of which has a direct individual interest to serve, and there is grave danger in an unshared idealism.
Anyone driving great social change, willingly or not, is going to be a fascinating contradictory mix of idealism and ego.
In a democracy, the one thing that cannot be done is to destroy its trust, its hope, its idealism.
The Negro problem, like all other political problems, is fundamentally a moral issue. This is realism, not idealism. Those of my colleagues who believe that they are particularlyhard boiled’ because they overlook the fact that human beings are struggling for their consciences are simply unrealistic.
Gunnar Myrdal
The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives us our notion of the absolute Self. To it the first is only preparatory. This second aspect is the one which from Kant, until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.
The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment, the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control the aggressive dynamism of nationalism.
The natural idealism of youth is an idealism, alas, for which we do not always provide as many outlets as we should.
My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I’m grateful.
One thing I carried my whole life, especially from my grandparents in Chicago, was a huge idealism for the world.
A kiss is often about the future and the past. A lost dream, about the discretion of the idealism.
School is such an encouraging and safe environment. It’s filled with idealism and just really working on your craft. When you enter the business world – where art meets commerce – it can become quite depressing.
Troy Garity
Joining the Liberal Party was a no-brainer for me… And when you are a young man, you don’t get a calculator out saying, ‘Am I going to get to power?’ You get propelled forward by idealism.
Idealism loses to pragmatism when it comes to winning elections.
Danny Strong
I think a lot of people start out full of idealism and fresh ideas. And then a lot of times, being re-elected becomes more important than staying true to your principles.
Matt Salmon
I am a person of great faith and idealism and have been in too many situations too many times to become an eternal pessimist regarding politics.
You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It’s very real. It’s very strong.
The acceptance of certain realities doesn’t preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs.
At present, our country needs women‘s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one.
Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others. In other words, it is the opposite of idealism.
Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That’s why we get into trouble all the time. We’re always viewed as naive.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
True Americanism is practical idealism. Its aims, instead of being materialistic and mechanical, are idealistic to the point of being Utopian. In this way, the U.S. can provide and express ideals that strike a chord in humans everywhere – a declaration of independence on behalf of all the peoples of the world.
Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that.
The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people.
We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society.
What I’ve learned is that life is a balance between idealism and realism.
The common belief is that you are either a dreamer or a realist. But idealism and pragmatism aren’t as far apart as one might think.
The enemy of idealism is zealotry.
Neil Kinnock
Teens are passionate, questioning, curious, have a bit of the idealism I still cling to, and they’re making decisions for the first time that can alter the course of their lives – and sometimes, the course of the world.
Mary E. Pearson
The beauty and riddle in studying the motives of any po

The beauty and riddle in studying the motives of any politician is in trying to decide what is idealism and what is self-interest, and often we are left to conclude that the answer is a mixture of the two.
If you didn’t have some sense of idealism, then what is there to sustain you?
A lot of my idealism was frustrated by the end of the ’60s because of the way things went with the assassinations and the sense that the political establishment was so fixed in its ways you couldn’t change anything.
Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.
Sidney Hook
To all of the young people out there who are creating social change or even fomenting social movements: hold on to your idealism and your belief in your ability to change the world. Your lofty goals demand attention and deserve support.
Whether such socialism is foolish naivety or heroic idealism is a matter of opinion, but what is certain is that, however many CDs are sold or tours sold out, the sound waves themselves are free.
With so much to be aware of, awareness bracelets have reverted to signifying nothing more than color itself. Idealism has devolved into fashion.
I see history as really cyclical in terms of the intense idealism, and the desire to create a better life outside of societal norms.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
America, to me, is this enormous contrast between the heady idealism of founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, who said, ‘All men are created equal,’ and the reality that he was himself a slave owner.
My father was possessed of an extraordinary romantic idealism, an unwavering belief in certain principles. He was always talking about the past. Always. Of course, it has a powerful effect on me.
Idealism, unrealistic idealism, is always contrasted with the reality of the people, of the man in the street. The details of daily life are always more convincing than the political fantasies of the earlier generations.
As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism.
Too often, young people who are just bursting with idealism either find themselves playing a game for which they have little heart or are hurling themselves into wasteful protests against the so-called Establishment.
George W. Romney
It is never wise to discourage youthful idealism.
Some say there is no uniquely Canadian identity, that our multicultural fabric is too varied to establish a common thread. I disagree. My grandfather came to a country that celebrates diversity, embraces strife with compassion and respects selfless idealism.
Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.
Claude McKay
Look, I would say that anyone who does this work and doesn’t have a strain of idealism is an adrenaline junkie or completely narcissistic. There is no other justification. You’re risking your life, and if anything happens, it’s our families who suffer tremendously.
Whatever happened to a sense of idealism and embracing an idea that will help people and, in this case, children?
Rod Blagojevich
The President is not only the leader of a party, he is the President of the whole people. He must interpret the conscience of America. He must guide his conduct by the idealism of our people.
One senses that all the Bolsheviks, even those who ended up as cold-blooded autocrats, had been on a journey from idealism to something else, and didn’t notice – to mix periods – when the Rubicon was crossed.
Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that, as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent, and, after a fashion familiar. I must state it in my own way, although one in vain seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view.
I liked the clear morality of 1941, when you had no doubt about good and evil. There was a lot of idealism, people fighting for a cause. People are searching for morality today.
If a young person has any idealism at all, it’s strongest about the time he finishes college.
I have this memory of being 15 years old, sitting with a friend on the steps of a little bookstore on Bloor Street in Toronto and saying, ‘I’ll never take money for my writing!’ I had such idealism about this idea of trading your soul for money.
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.
Bill Moyers