Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Idealist

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
- H. L. Mencken

2 comments:

FreeThinke said...

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup."

Mencken is clearly wrong here. In the situation he describes the idealist would be one who insists that enjoying the scent of a beautiful rose is more life enhancing than filling one's belly with cabbage soup.

-FJ said...

Actually, I think Mencken got it right... think "Hitler" or "Hirohito".