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We thought we could create a utopia, but we failed because we overestimated human nature.
  an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal
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utopia utopian utopias
Strongly Associated with:   dystopia
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  • We thought we could create a utopia, but we failed because we overestimated human nature.
  • impractical utopian dreams
  • Moments later, I race my Toyota through the snake-like turns driving to my secret utopia.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Especially since home was now her very own little barn utopia.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars

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  • He was the anachronism at the Circle, the flashy CEO, and created conflicted feelings among many of the utopian young Circlers.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • A member of the moderate wing of the party, Professor Bieganski, then a rising young faculty star in his thirties, wrote an article in a leading Warsaw political journal deploring these assaults, which caused Sophie a number of years later to wonder—when she happened upon the essay—whether he hadn’t suffered a spasm of radical-utopian humanism.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Today, as I stand in my utopia, I have what any person could wish for—a life and the love of my son.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • ; it was a piece of mechanism which was not good for much; a sort of plaything, the idle dream of a dream-ridden inventor; an utopia—a steamboat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Captain Black knew he was a subversive because he wore eyeglasses and used words like panacea and utopia, and because he disapproved of Adolf Hitler, who had done such a great job of combating un-American activities in Germany.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Of all the places in the New World, the forefathers had chosen a soggy riverside marsh on which to lay the cornerstone of their utopian society.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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  • A perfect mixture of the classical utopia and the pagan mystery.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The dream of an unconditional personal freedom, that hazy American version of utopia, would remain central throughout Anderson’s life and work.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • You’re talking about a utopian fact-finding apparatus.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • How could there possibly be embarrassment in fantasyland, in this fourth battalion utopia?
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Only from the perspective of such a utopia is it possible to use the concepts of pessimism and optimism with full justification: an optimist is someone who thinks that on planet number five the history of mankind will be less bloody.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Farm, a two-thousand-acre commune, sounded like utopia.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Richfield Oil offered utopian fantasies about cars and a ride aptly named Autopia.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Otherwise, we may go from one unrealistically utopian plan to another.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It is a potential utopia, and, with desirable real estate so scarce in this end of the Galaxy, it will not be left in the possession of primitive life forms that failed to make the grade.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • This criticism has not confronted our present society with timeless utopias, but has soberly examined in the terms of history and of cause and effect the antecedents, justifications and functions of the forms that lie at the heart of every society.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • In a word, literature is my Utopia.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Poland became a kind of Jewish Utopia.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • THE UTOPIA OF GREED "Good morning."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I had no convenient cicerone in the pattern of the Utopian books.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognised it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I said there was more than one way of living with your head in the sand and that if Moira thought she could create Utopia by shutting herself up in a women-only enclave she was sadly mistaken.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • It may be a Utopia.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It can spend money enough on such things as farmers and traders value, but it is thought Utopian to propose spending money for things which more intelligent men know to be of far more worth.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • If the censure of the Yahoos could any way affect me, I should have great reason to complain, that some of them are so bold as to think my book of travels a mere fiction out of mine own brain, and have gone so far as to drop hints, that the Houyhnhnms and Yahoos have no more existence than the inhabitants of Utopia.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • When my father conspired, it was not for the emperor, it was against the Bourbons; for M. Noirtier possessed this peculiarity, he never projected any Utopian schemes which could never be realized, but strove for possibilities, and he applied to the realization of these possibilities the terrible theories of The Mountain,—theories that never shrank from any means that were deemed necessary to bring about the desired result.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In this dialogue Plato also presents a picture of the "ideal state," that is to say an imaginary, ideal, or what we would call a Utopian, state.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It’s a beautiful Utopian dream of the abolition of war, diplomacy, banks, and so on—something after the fashion of socialism, indeed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Armand and Marguerite, both intellectual, thinking beings, adopted with the enthusiasm of their years the Utopian doctrines of the Revolution, while the Marquis de St. Cyr and his family fought inch by inch for the retention of those privileges which had placed them socially above their fellow-men.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The Utopian play by Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah, produced in 1921, converted the theme into a modern socio-biological parable.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Utopia was here at last: its novelty had not yet been assailed by the supreme enemy of all Utopias-boredom.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • When Vida came in to tea Carol sketched her Utopia.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • In either case, it is both reactionary and Utopian.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • One has ’Utopia’ written across her butt.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The lobby was the meeting place for various groups still caught up in the illusions that had just been boomeranged out of my head: college boys working to return to school down South; older advocates of racial progress with Utopian schemes for building black business empires; preachers ordained by no authority except their own, without church or congregation, without bread or wine, body or blood; the community "leaders" without followers; old men of sixty or more still caught up inů
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • What was the matter that pureness of feeling couldn’t be kept up? I see I met those writers in the big book of utopias at a peculiar time.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • That it was a Utopia, there being no known method from the known to the unknown: an infinity renderable equally finite by the suppositious apposition of one or more bodies equally of the same and of different magnitudes: a mobility of illusory forms immobilised in space, remobilised in air: a past which possibly had ceased to exist as a present before its probable spectators had entered actual present existence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • To these things I would add that law among the Macarians—a people that live not far from Utopia—by which their king, on the day on which he began to reign, is tied by an oath, confirmed by solemn sacrifices, never to have at once above a thousand pounds of gold in his treasures, or so much silver as is equal to that in value.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Utopia is at hand, gentlemen, and its name is socialism.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I know you think me Utopian, don’t you—an idealist?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • You put your faith in Utopian values that don’t even exist.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Yours is a gruesome Utopia, and yet—on this very point we find ourselves more or less in agreement.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Any new Utopias lately?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It’s Utopian.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • This non-system holds together by having no togetherness, no uniformity, never seeking perfection, no Utopias—just answers good enough to get by, with lots of looseness and room for many ways and attitudes.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
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Associated words [difficulty]:   utopia [5] , dystopia [7] , utilitarian [6] , dystopia [7] , utilitarianism [9]
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