Ideas Quotes

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.-Aristotl


He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.-Abraham Lincoln


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when a man has only one idea.-Author Unknown


The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.-Alfred North Whitehead


It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.-Anatole France


Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.-Carl Schurz


There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.-Emile Chartier


If at first the idea is absurd, then there is no hope for it.-Aristotle


An idea is salvation by imagination.-Frank Lloyd Wright


Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.-Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.-Randall Jarrell


Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.-Hector Berlioz


I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.-Georgia O'Keeffe


To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!-H. L. Mencken


Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.-Miriam Beard


So many new ideas are at first strange and horrible, though ultimately valuable that a very heavy responsibility rests upon those who would prevent their dissemination.-J. B. S. Haldane


College isn't the place to go for ideas.-Helen Keller


This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out.-Hortense Calisher


It is by acts, and not by ideas that people live.-Anatole France


Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.-Howard Aiken


Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.-Hyman Rickover


Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.-Jim Hightower


When ideas fail, words come in very handy.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.-John Cage


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.-John Steinbeck


Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.-Ken Hakuta


Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.-Oliver Wendell Holmes


The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.-P. B. Medawar


You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.-Aristotle


What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.-Jean Genet


Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.-Howard Aiken


I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.-Samuel Goldwyn


All great ideas are dangerous.-Randall Jarrell


The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.-F Scott Fitzgerald


A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.-Sir Barnett Cocks


No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.-Sir Frederick G. Banting


If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice.-Tom Stoppard


The best ideas are common property.-Seneca


An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.-Victor Hugo


One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.-Walter Bagehot


When ideas fail, words come in very handy.-Goethe


I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.-John Cage


The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will.-J Arthur Thomson


He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.-Abraham Lincoln


The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.-William O. Douglas


If you steal ideas from one source, that's plagiarism, but if you steal ideas from more than one source, that's research.-Laurendo Almeida


The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.-Author Unknown


The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.-Randall Jarrell


This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out.-Hortense Calisher

Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid. - Gaston Bachelard


Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away. - Earl Nightingale


The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the authors ideas and those of the public. - Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort


Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. - Dogen


Over the years I have discovered that ideas come through an intense desire for them; continually desiring, the mind becomes a watchtower on the lookout for incidents that may excite the imagination. - Charlie Chaplin


New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along! - Sir Arthur C. Clarke


As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move - similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle. - Honore de Balzac


Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendour, images effect a very simple communion of souls. - Gaston Bachelard


Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas. - Joseph Stalin


The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.Walter Benjamin


Ilike ideas writers have that I might not have written. Writers are there for a reason... to write for me.-Tim Roth


I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.-Jean-Luc Godard


A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.-Paul Valery


Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.-Paul Valery


If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.-Howard Zinn


Lord of the Rings was my first experience making movies and at the time, I had no ideas how movies were done. I thought that's the way they're done, so in a way, I had nothing to compare it to.-Orlando Bloom


The poorest parts of the world are by and large the places in which one can best view the worst of medicine and not because doctors in these countries have different ideas about what constitutes modern medicine. It's the system and its limitations that are to blame.-Paul Farmer


Aaron is a very passionate, maniacal writer so the scripts really come from him, but he is very open to... y'know, we'll plan ideas and we'll certainly tussle about stuff when the script comes out. So, to a certain extent, he's very interested. If there's some problem or something that doesn't ring true, he wants to know why and he wants to correct it or fight for it.-Bradley Whitford


The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.-Edith Wharton


Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them.-Alfred North Whitehead


Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.-Alfred North Whitehead


The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.-Alfred North Whitehead


But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.-Alfred North Whitehead


Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.-Alfred North Whitehead


Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.-John Henry Newman


If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.-Alfred Nobel


Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.-Karl Kraus


No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist.-Karl Kraus


In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.-Rupert Murdoch


Filmgoers are starved for new ideas, voices and visions.-Robert Redford


We've got the wind at our back right now. Americans are waking up to the realities of their previous choices. We must keep America moving back to preeminence because our values and conservative ideas are the world's greatest hope.-Rick Perry


The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me.-Walter Scott


Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.-Edward R. Murrow


In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.-Wallace Stevens


I don't think anything changes until ideas change. The usual American viewpoint is to believe that something is wrong with the person.-James Hillman


We can't change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently.-James Hillman


If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.-John Cleese


The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.-Miles Davis


I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas - I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day.-Gustav Mahler


I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.-Nicolaus Copernicus


So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.-Nicolaus Copernicus


The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.-Jean Cocteau


On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.-Charles Babbage


A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life.-Norman Cousins


A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.-Norman Cousins


All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas - not money.-Robert Collier


If Pakistan has any ideas of annexing any part of our territories by force, she should think afresh. I want to state categorically that force will be met with force and aggression against us will never be allowed to succeed.-Lal Bahadur Shastri


Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.-Stephen Leacock


It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.-Alan Alda

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