To be an idealist in imagination is not at all difficult, but to have to exist as an idealist is an extremely rigorous life-task, because existing is precisely the objection to it.[At være Idealist i Indbildningen er slet ikke vanskeligt, men at skulle existere som Idealist er en yderst anstrengende Livs-Opgave, fordi det at existere netop er Indsigelsen derimod.]
Those who maintain that mind is the reality and matter an evil dream are called “idealists” – a word which has a different meaning in philosophy from that which it bears in ordinary life. Those who argue that matter is the reality and mind a mere property of protoplasm are called “materialists.”
The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.