idealism

A Quote by Umberto Eco on belief, bigotry, composers, idealism, passion, philosophy, poets, and words

"You cannot believe what you are saying." "Well, no. Hardly ever. But the philosopher is like the poet. The latter composes ideal letters for an ideal nymph, only to plumb with his words the depths of passion. The philosopher tests the coldness of his gaze, to see how far he can undermine the fortress of bigotry."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 8

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A Quote by Thomas Andrew (Tom) Lehrer on ability, army, colors, discrimination, idealism, and logic

The Army has carried the American . . . ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability.

Tom Lehrer (1928 -)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on idealism

The Ideal is in thyself, the impediments too is in thyself.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Source: Sartor Resartus

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on honor, idealism, and kindness

Show me the man you honor, and I will show you the kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on courage, duty, effort, happiness, idealism, joy, labor, life, men, men and women, power, sacrifice, self-sacrifice, women, and work

The men and women who have the right ideals . . . are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on aristocracy, certainty, generations, government, idealism, men, money, nations, peace, and war

We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with "the money touch," but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Letter to Sir Edward Grey, November 15, 1913

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on generosity, idealism, and practicality

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on crisis, day, endurance, idealism, intelligence, life, power, and practicality

Let us show, not merely in great crises, but in every day of life, qualities of practical intelligence, of hardihood and endurance, and above all, the power of devotion to a lofty ideal.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Susan Brownell Anthony on children, church, idealism, money, people, and schools

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

Source: Letter 1900 to Dr. Sara R.Dolley; in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol 3 ch 57 by Harper 1908

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A Quote by Stanley Baldwin on beginning, disillusionment, and idealism

The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.

Stanley Baldwin (1867 - 1947)

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