Idealist Quotes

Most popular idealist quotes

Idealist: a cynic in the making.
All idealism is falsehood in the face of necessity.
An idealist is one who helps the other fellow to make a profit.
America is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.
I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Goodness mankind

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.
Idealism is fine; but as it approaches reality, the cost becomes prohibitive.
It is a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing.

civil rights

Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.

politics power

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentleman drape over their will to power.
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.


The true idealist pursues what his heart says is right in a way that his head says will work.
When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
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.


Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.