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idealism -- as in: youthful idealism
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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
  • We are all inspired by her strong idealism.
  • Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
    Carl Jung
  • Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
    David T. Wolf
  • Romance may be called Idealism in the realm of sentiment.
    Fletcher, Robert Huntington  --  A History of English Literature

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  • At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas.
    Aldous Huxley
  • How could I explain my idealism to this man?
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • It sharpened idealism, stirred the soul.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • How could men sustain a high level of idealistic commitment through the grim experiences of disease, death, exhaustion, and frustration as the war ground on year after year?
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Anyway, they have this discussion, and the kid is an idealist in a temporary way.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • And it is very odd but those who see the changes—who dream, who will not give up—are called idealists . . . and those who see only the circle we call them the "realists"!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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  • But for others their initial idealism, even if intensified by more visceral emotions, persisted to the end.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Whose idealism could survive all that?
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Another historian of the Union army, influenced by Linderman, maintains that "whatever idealism that the soldiers brought with them into the army faded" by the latter years of the war."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • These were the idealists.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Not only patriotism but also the idealism of 1861 persisted among many veterans, including a Pennsylvania private who wrote to his wife from a hospital after a couple of hundred miles of marching up and down the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, the last twenty-five of them in bare feet.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
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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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