"This is all very quixotic, Professor Lurie"


Don Quixote fighting a windmill, Gustave Dore, 1863
Public DomainDon Quixote fighting a windmill, Gustave Dore, 1863

The word quixotic, which can be used to describe someone driven by unrealistic ideals with no regard for practicality, is derived from the novel Don Quixote

Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes, tells the story of a middle aged man who, inspired into action by the kind of chivalrous idealism he reads about in books, sets off on a series of fantastic adventures in the name of purpose and beauty. Determined to set himself up as the hero of the story, Quixote cannot see he has become a victim of his own imagination, living in a fantasy world that bears no resemblance to reality.


This illustration shows Don Quixote fighting the windmills he believes are 'hulking giants'.