Today, we still believe that wisdom in politics above all counsels realism as to means and idealism as to ends.
For Moses, the idealism of Freedom Summer was inseparable from the practical task of making it work.
In the cesspool of cynicism that is Indian politics, we thought his train ride struck a blow instead for a degree of idealism.
But he and FDR went a long way toward making American idealism and realism one and the same.
Then imagine, at around age 20, giving it up forever, all of it, poetry, idealism—even hope.
The virtue of idealism is as necessary as the virtue of realism; and every great writer shows his greatness by combining the two.
From the very beginning, the American people have been characterized by idealism.
When idealism declines and becomes sheer bigotry, without the charm of imaginative power, it must have its Wiclif and its Luther.
The characteristic attitude of the American mind, as we have seen, is one of idealism.
The idealism and the loftiness that Harriet Prescott Spofford threw into her early romance, she threw into her lyrics.
An approach to philosophy that regards mind, spirit, or ideas as the most fundamental kinds of reality, or at least as governing our experience of the ordinary objects in the world. Idealism is opposed to materialism, naturalism, and realism. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an idealist; so was Immanuel Kant.