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idealism
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Pygmalion
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  • If an imaginative boy has a sufficiently rich mother who has intelligence, personal grace, dignity of character without harshness, and a cultivated sense of the best art of her time to enable her to make her house beautiful, she sets a standard for him against which very few women can struggle, besides effecting for him a disengagement of his affections, his sense of beauty, and his idealism from his specifically sexual impulses.

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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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