A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on idealism

I think, I said, I can make it plain to Benjamin Franklin here that there are at least six personalities distinctly to be recognized as taking part in that dialogue between John and Thomas. Three Johns: 1. The real John; known only to his Maker. 2. John's ideal John; never the real one, and often very unlike him. 3. Thomas' ideal John; never the real John, nor John's John, but often very unlike either. Three Thomases: 1. The real Thomas. 2. Thomas' ideal Thomas. 3. John's ideal Thomas.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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