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Quixotism (/kwɪkˈsɒtɪzəm/ or /kˈhtɪzəm/) (adj. quixotic) is impracticality in pursuit of ideals, especially those ideals manifested by rash, lofty and romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action.[1] It also serves to describe an idealism without regard to practicality. An impulsive person or act might be regarded as quixotic.

Quixotism is usually related to "over-idealism", meaning an idealism that doesn't take consequence or absurdity into account. It is also related to naïve romanticism and to utopianism.


Quixotism as a term or a quality appeared after the publication of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha in 1605. Don Quixote, the hero of this novel, written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, dreams up a romantic ideal world which he believes to be real, and acts on this idealism, which most famously leads him into imaginary fights with windmills that he regards as giants, leading to the related metaphor of "tilting at windmills."

Already in the 17th century the term Quixote was used to describe a person who does not distinguish between reality and imagination. The poet John Cleveland wrote in 1644, in his book The character of a London diurnall:

"The Quixotes of this Age fight with the Wind-mills of their owne Heads"[2]

The word Quixotism is mentioned, for the first time, in Pulpit Popery, True Popery (1688):

"All the Heroical Fictions of Ecclesiastical Quixotism"

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5 news items

The 405
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:05:46 -0700

Australian composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocal performer Oren Ambarchi has revealed that his upcoming album, Quixotism, will be a 47-minute long continuous stream of sounds recorded at various locations across the globe. The release will also ...


Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Based on a listing on Kudos Records, it appears that the tracks are simply titled "Quixotism Part 1" and so forth. Among the contributors on the album are Matt Chamberlain, Jim O' Rourke, Thomas Brinkmann, Crys Cole, Eyvind Kang, John Tilbury, U-zhaan, ...
Tiny Mix Tapes
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall ...
Tiny Mix Tapes
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Oh, Oren Ambarchi. You've had a really stellar year. How stellar? Let me count the ways: In the beginning, there was your solo tour, including a performance of the masterful “Knots” at ISSUE Project Room. There was the Nazoranai tour. You hit the road ...
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:41:15 -0700

Australian guitarist, percussionsist, and general experimenter Oren Ambarchi has announced plans to release a 47-minute piece featuring special guests from around the globe. The recording, titled Quixotism, will be released on September 29 via Editions ...

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