Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. - David T. Wolf
The moral arc of a Washington career could be divided into four parts: idealism, pragmatism, ambition and corruption.
The more idealism proves futile, the more I respect idealists. - Marty Rubin
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. - C.G. Jung
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism. - Herbert Hoover
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. - Carl Jung
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public. - Immanuel Kant
The '60s redefined narcissism as idealism. - Dennis Prager
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. - John Foster Dulles
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
Practical efficiency is common, and lofty idealism not uncommon; it is the combination which is necessary, and the combination is rare - Theodore Roosevelt
America is a country in which I see the most persistant idealism and the blandest of cynicism and the race is on between its vitality and its decadence. - Alistair Cooke
There is something mankind can never destroy in spite of an unreasoning will to destruction, and this is its own idealism, that integral part of its very being. - Radclyffe Hall
Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but production. - Raymond Chandler
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas. - Aldous Huxley
Honesty can sometimes be so brutal to take in. It's usual to get so drowned in perceived idealism that you can't seem to separate it from honest reality. If, and when, you can separate the two, the gaiety of fantasy is destroyed - Ufuoma Apoki
The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country. - Robert F. Kennedy