„Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.“

UN Address (1999)
Kontext: For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized?" And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.
While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace. Meanwhile, emphasizing the sloth in this regard, those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.

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„The Outsider has his proper place in the Order of Society, as the impractical dreamer.“

—  Colin Wilson, buch The Outsider

Quelle: The Outsider (1956), Chapter Three, The Romantic Outsider

„Intellect is neither practical nor impractical; it is extra-practical.“

—  Richard Hofstadter American historian 1916 - 1970

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„What the war did to dreamers.“

—  Anthony Doerr, buch All the Light We Cannot See

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„Jesus is not an impractical idealist; he is the practical realist.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1950s, Loving Your Enemies (Christmas 1957)

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„Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.“

—  John Osborne English playwright 1929 - 1994

Quoted in Time magazine, October 31, 1977. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,945814,00.html
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„Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.“

—  Christopher Hampton British playwright, screenwriter and film director 1946

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„Margaret Sanger: Oh, John you do ask hard questions. I should think, that instead of being impractical, it is really very practical and intelligent and humane.“

—  Margaret Sanger American birth control activist, educator and nurse 1879 - 1966

One Minute News (1947), interview with British Pathé's John Parsons

„Only yesterday the practical things of today were decried as impractical, and the theories which will be practical tomorrow will always be branded as valueless games by the practical man of today.“

—  William Feller Croatian-American mathematician 1906 - 1970

Introduction, The Nature of Probability Theory, p. 6.
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„History has often proved the shortsightedness of the practical men and vindicated the "lazy" dreamers; it has also proved that the dreamers are often mistaken.“

—  George Sarton American historian of science 1884 - 1956

Preface.
A History of Science Vol.1 Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece (1952)
Kontext: Some men are abstract-minded, and they naturally think first of unity and God, of wholeness, of infinity and other such concepts, while the minds of other men are concrete and they cogitate about health and disease, profit and loss. They invent gadgets and remedies; they are less interested in knowing anything than in applying whatever knowledge... to practical problems... The first are called dreamers; the second kind are recognized as practical and useful. History has often proved the shortsightedness of the practical men and vindicated the "lazy" dreamers; it has also proved that the dreamers are often mistaken.

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„The superiority of the dreamer is that dreaming is much more practical than living, and that the dreamer extracts from life a much vaster and varied pleasure than the action man. In better and more direct words, the dreamer is the real action man.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares

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Original: A superioridade do sonhador consiste em que sonhar é muito mais prático que viver, e em que o sonhador extrai da vida um prazer muito mais vasto e muito mais variado do que o homem de acção. Em melhores e mais directas palavras, o sonhador é que é o homem de acção.

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