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  • Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea keeps them whole.
    * Jacques Barzun

  • A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
    * Arnold Bennett

  • Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!
    * Miguel de Cervantes

  • While it is true that without a vision the people perish, it is doubly true that without action the people and their vision perish as well.
    * Johnetta Betsch Cole

  • When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.
    * Ellen Key

  • Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
    * Nelson Mandela

  • It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
    * H. L. Mencken

  • Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
    * Carl Schurz

  • A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
    * Alexander Smith