Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.
Adlai Stevenson, in "Putting First Things First", Foreign Affairs (January 1960)
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
You are not controlling the storm , and you are not lost in it. You are the storm.
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.
A doctrine which, because of its little-circumspect idealism, offends not just faith, but reason itself.
America stands unique in the world: the only country not founded on race but on a way, an ideal. Not in spite of but because of our polyglot background, we have had all the strength in the world. That is the American way.
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.buckley, william f., jr.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.