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66Idealism99

A thing is not necessarily right because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008)

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf

If you do everything for one reason, then all you have done will become meaningless when the reason does.
James Richardson (1950- )

People kill for money or for power but the most ruthless murderers are those who kill for their ideas.
Anthony de Mello (1931-1987)

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
Anatole France (1844-1924)

There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.
P.J. O'Rourke (1947- )

To die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
Anatole France (1844-1924)

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