Great ideals / Commonplace desires

If a man strives for sublimely great ideals, it is because they are the content of his own being, and their realization will bring him a joy compared to which the pleasure that a limited outlook gets from the gratification of commonplace desires is a mere triviality. Idealists revel, spiritually, in the translation of their ideals into reality.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 4 – The Philosophy of Freedom: Chapter Thirteen: The Value of Life (Optimism and Pessimism)

This is the seventh English edition, translated from the German, and with an Introduction by Michael Wilson.