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Emile M. CioranUtopia is a mixture of childish rationalism and secularized angelism.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

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

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Emile M. CioranThe ideal being? An angel ravaged by humor.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Immanuel KantHappiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheLove is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

George Bernard ShawYou see things; you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

John KennedyA man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

John KennedyI’m an idealist without illusions.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Albert CamusThe opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Charles de GaulleFrance may still one day need an image that is pure... If Joan of Arc had married, she would no longer have been Joan of Arc.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Carl SandburgI'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Henry David ThoreauIf you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Fyodor DostoyevskyNeither a person nor a nation can exist without some higher idea. And there is only one higher idea on earth, and it is the idea of the immortality of the human soul.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Karl KrausThe superman is a premature ideal, one that presupposes a man.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Georg Christoph LichtenbergEveryone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims


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