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idealism
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • He is the man whom people call an idealist.
  • I mean that your attitude may be highly idealistic-as I am sure it is-but, unfortunately, most people do not share your lofty frame of mind and will misinterpret your action in the one manner which would be most abhorrent to you.

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  • I have never believed in the efficacy of idealists-have you?and this is no age for impractical idealism.
  • He saw me approaching-and he did not know, but I knew, what made him whirl upon me and cry, Tin so sick of all of you Impractical idealists!1 I turned away.
  • I have never believed in the efficacy of idealists-have you?and this is no age for impractical idealism.
  • Maybe I’m just a hopeless idealist, looking for the impossible.
  • Cuffy Meigs tried to avoid her; his manner was part scorn, as if he considered her an impractical idealist, part superstitious awe, as if she possessed some incomprehensible power with which he preferred not to tangle.
  • You who’ve never grasped the nature of evil, you who describe them as ’misguided idealists’-may the God you invented forgive you!they are the essence of evil, they, those anti-living objects who seek, by devouring the world, to fill the selfless zero of their soul.
  • We can’t adopt an idealistic theory, which-"

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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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