Pragmatism

Bono Page

“You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.”

- Bono

Daniel Bell Page

“Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.”

- Daniel Bell

Margaret Chase Smith Page

“Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.”

- Margaret Chase Smith

Edward Abbey Page

“Among politicians and businessman, Pragmatism is the current term for To hell with our children.”

- Edward Abbey

Source/Notes: Ch. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100 - A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)
Charles Sanders Peirce Page

“You are of all my friends the one who illustrates pragmatism in its most needful forms. You are a jewel of pragmatism.”

- Charles Sanders Peirce

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Vladimir Putin Page

“Russia's modern foreign policy is based on the principles of pragmatism, predictability and the supremacy of international law.”

- Vladimir Putin

Donald Tsang Page

“All of the members of my new team have displayed in their work a strong sense of pragmatism that I promote.... While the backgrounds of principal officials are diverse, they all share a common commitment to our country, our territory and our people and agree with my governing philosophy.”

- Donald Tsang

Source/Notes: As quoted in Donald Tsang unveils new HKSAR gov't lineup at Xinhua News (23 June 2007)
Charles Sanders Peirce Page

“My word 'pragmatism' has gained general recognition.... The writer, finding his bantling 'pragmatism' so promoted, feels that it is time to kiss his child good-by and relinquish it to its higher destiny; while to serve the precise purpose of expressing the original definition, he begs to announce the birth of the word 'pragmaticism,' which is ugly enough to be safe from kidnappers.”

- Charles Sanders Peirce

Source/Notes: What Pragmatism Is (1905)
Albert Schinz Page

“"Pragmatism" is only a new term to designate "Opportunism" in philosophy.”

- Albert Schinz

Source/Notes: Anti-Pragmatism; an Examination into the Respective Rights of Intellectual Aristocracy and Social Democracy (1909)
Bono Page

“You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.”

- Bono

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Christina Baker Kline Page

“The most surprising thing, honestly, is that so few Americans know about the orphan trains. I was also surprised at the resilience and fortitude of the riders I met, their pragmatism and grace. I don't know whether this is a Midwestern trait or simply a human one.”

- Christina Baker Kline

David Miliband Page

“I abhor anything that constitutes torture. Water-boarding, it's perfectly clear to me it is torture. I never supported extraordinary rendition to torture, always said that Guantanamo should be closed. There is no clash of ideals and pragmatism there.”

- David Miliband

Danny Strong Page

“Idealism loses to pragmatism when it comes to winning elections.”

- Danny Strong

Daniel Bell Page

“Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.”

- Daniel Bell

Jose Mujica Page

“I'm just sick of the way things are. We're in an age in which we can't live without accepting the logic of the market. Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy... What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us.”

- Jose Mujica

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Keith Ellison Page

“Pragmatism is not always a good thing. Experience is not always a good thing.”

- Keith Ellison

Michael Hayden Page

“For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 'truthers' who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot.”

- Michael Hayden