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An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist.

Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.


The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.

Jean Rostand (1894-1977) French biologist and philosopher.

I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American poet.

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?

Eliza Cook (1818-1889) English author, poet and writer.

The actual well seen is ideal.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.