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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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idealism
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • Of course it is idealistic, German, ultra-profound.
  • —I thought you were an idealist, said MacCann.

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  • It would lead you to believe that he had in mind symbolism or idealism, the supreme quality of beauty being a light from some other world, the idea of which the matter is but the shadow, the reality of which it is but the symbol.

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as in: youthful idealism Define
the belief that behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards -- often implying the ideals are unrealistic
as in: philosophical idealism Define
the philosophical theory that there is no reality outside of ideas
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