Best Quotes About Idea

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

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea. -Medgar Evers

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. -Abraham Lincoln

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads. -George Santayana

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

The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

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

Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time… its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission. -Shirley Chisholm

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

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

A good basic selling idea, involvement and relevancy, of course, are as important as ever, but in the advertising din of today, unless you make yourself noticed and believed, you ain't got nothin'. -Leo Burnett

Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business. -Leo Burnett

To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas. -Leo Burnett

I have learned to respect ideas, wherever they come from. Often they come from clients. Account executives often have big creative ideas, regardless of what some writers think. -Leo Burnett

If an ad campaign is built around a weak idea – or as is so often the case, no idea at all – I don't give a damn how good the execution is, it's going to fail. -Morris Hite

If you have a good selling idea, your secretary can write your ad for you. -Morris Hite

I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power not only to reflect but to mold society. -Marya Mannes

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

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. -Samuel Ullman

The idea is to die young as late as possible. -Ashley Montagu

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. -Mark Twain

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. -George Santayana

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. -Arnold H. Glasow

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. -James Douglas

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. -Immanuel Kant

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. -John Locke

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. -Brendan Gill

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. -Albert Einstein

Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on. -E. W. Howe

Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him. -Mahatma Gandhi

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. -H. L. Mencken

An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all. -Elbert Hubbard

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue. -Hermione Gingold

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style. -Sydney Smith

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. -Carl Jung

You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. -Georges Duhamel

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

I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. -Orson Welles

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. -John Ciardi

I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I said I had no idea about. -Elliott Abrams

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men. -Mortimer Adler

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible. -Ray Bradbury

My stories run up and bite me on the leg – I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. -Ray Bradbury

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas. -Georges Braque

No longer is the female destined solely for the home and the rearing of the family and only the male for the marketplace and the world of ideas. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end. -Truman Capote

The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use? -Dale Carnegie

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ. -Fidel Castro

I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born. -Charlie Chaplin

All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman. -Charlie Chaplin

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

One ever feels his twoness – an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. -W. E. B. Du Bois

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. -Albert Einstein

In the past, those who had ideas they wished to communicate to the public had the unquestioned right to disseminate those ideas in an open marketplace, called a mall, we should not abridge that right. -Sol Wachtler

I knew right away that it was a gorgeous idea. -Lila Acheson Wallace

Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America. -Theodore White

The role we can play every day, if we try, is to take the whole experience of every day and shape it to involve American man. It is our job to interest him in his community and to give his ideas the excitement they should have. -John Hay Whitney

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. -Elie Wiesel

It is true that the poet does not directly address his neighbors; but he does address a great congress of persons who dwell at the back of his mind, a congress of all those who have taught him and whom he has admired; they constitute his ideal audience and his better self. -Richard Wilbur

Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him. -George Bernard Shaw

I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them. -J. William Fulbright

My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted. -R. Buckminster Fuller

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. -Sydney J. Harris

Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I think he's informing himself, reaching out and getting ideas and information and advice. I haven't the slightest doubt that internally taking shape in that marvelous brain of his is a philosophy of foreign affairs. But it would be premature to say that one is fully formed. -Theodore C. Sorensen

We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments. -Adlai Stevenson I

When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea. -Ernest Hemingway

Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas. -John F. Kennedy

You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas. -Stanley Kubrick

Nothing is more idealistic than a journalist on the defensive. -Melvin Maddocks

The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly. -Bernard Malamud

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world – no ideals. -Golda Meir

Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression. -James A. Michener

One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. -Henry Miller

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

The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense. Nighttime is for sleeping. -Benjamin Britten

People have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work. -Anatole Broyard

There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools. -Nicolas Chamfort

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives. -William James

Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him. -Paul Eldridge

He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas. -John Ruskin

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. -Bertrand Russell

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow. -Ovid

A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever. -Helen Rowland

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two. -Buddha

Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words. -Josh Billings

Words are but the signs of ideas. -Samuel Johnson

He was a wise man who originated the idea of God. -Euripides

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation. -Mark Twain

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. -Andre Malraux

You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires. -Claude M. Bristol

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. -Benjamin Disraeli

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life. -George Eliot

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

The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found. -Joan Rivers

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth. -John Ruskin

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. -Marcus Aurelius

There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it. -Miguel de Cervantes

The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them. -Ninon de L'Enclos

Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old – old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases we have to DO something. -Rush Limbaugh

I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here. -Warren Buffett

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. -Maya Angelou

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. -Chauncey Depew

Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas. -Paula Poundstone

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. -Maxwell Maltz

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. -W. Somerset Maugham

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out. -Warren Bennis

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. -James Allen

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. -Arnold Bennett

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. -Helen Keller

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. -Hermann Hesse

No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it. -Alfred North Whitehead

Believe in something larger than yourself… get involved in the big ideas of your time. -Barbara Bush

A cold in the head causes less suffering than an idea. -Jules Renard

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it. -Don Marquis

The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all. -Elbert Hubbard

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. -Mark Twain

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come. -Victor Hugo

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. -John F. Kennedy

We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still. -Lewis Thomas

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. -Alfred Hitchcock

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity. -Eric Hoffer

You have no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself and how little I deserve it. -William Gilbert

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren't. -Sacha Guitry

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act. -Maxwell Maltz

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. -Thomas Jefferson

Wealth flows from energy and ideas. -William Feather

The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. -Edward de Bono

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. -Tom Clancy

He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. -Walter Lippmann

Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole. -Jacques Barzun

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals. -Bertrand Russell

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. -Edward de Bono

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

Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see. -Edward de Bono

Opportunity ideas do not lie around waiting to be discovered. Such ideas need to be produced. -Edward de Bono

There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. -Audre Lorde

Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. -Sigmund Freud

Government is operated by deeply embedded, hopelessly entangled bureaus where nothing is accomplished because the function of the bureau is to intercept every living idea and smother it. -Gerry Spence

For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing else in the world… not all the armies… is so powerful as an idea whose time has come. -Victor Hugo

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

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. -John F. Kennedy

Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level. -Alexander Haig

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. -Max de Pree

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. -Marie Curie

If you don't execute your ideas, they die. -Roger von Oech

There are no original ideas. There are only original people. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

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

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. -Grace Hopper

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. -Sydney J. Harris

This idea of trying to repeat a success doesn't interest me. It's only really done to make money. -Agnetha Faltskog

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors. -Bette Midler

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas. -Evita Peron

No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies. -Daisy Bates

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. -John Foster Dulles

An idea is salvation by imagination. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Women! I have no idea. I don't know anything about women at all. They're a complete mystery to me. -Bryan Ferry

My ideal relaxation is working on upholstry. I spend hours in junk shops buying furniture. I do all the upholstery work myself, and it's like therapy. -Pamela Anderson

It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway. -Norman Mailer

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

Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals. -Ralph Bunche

I love the idea of 'the one' but I actually believe that there isn't a Miss Right. There are 12,000 Miss Rights out there and it's all timing. -Matthew Perry

The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil. -Maria Montessori

Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies. -Howard Thurman

Start with the idea that you can't repeal the laws of economics. Even if they are inconvenient. -Lawrence Summers

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere. -Lee Iacocca

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. -Aristotle

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye. -Winston Churchill

Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference. -Nolan Bushnell

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. -Thomas A. Edison

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas. -Victor Hugo

An idea is an eye given by God for the seeing of God. Some of these eyes we cannot bear to look out of; we blind them as quickly as possible. -Russell Hoban

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book. -Victor Hugo

Great ideas originate in the muscles. -Thomas A. Edison

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. -Joseph Addison

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. -Walt Disney

Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. -Walt Disney

We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together. -Walt Disney

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. -Walt Disney

It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool. -Bill Watterson

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. -Pablo Picasso

You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. -Faith Baldwin

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. -Thomas Merton

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives. -Tony Robbins

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. -Anais Nin

I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out. -Anne Frank

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. -Jim Rohn

If you've lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. -Leo Buscaglia

A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. -Walter Lippmann

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible. -David Ogilvy

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

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company. -Andre Gide

Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding. -John Locke

A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery. -C. S. Lewis

I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me. -Robertson Davies

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals. -Susan B. Anthony

People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me. -George W. Bush

The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument. -Newt Gingrich

Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. -Laura Schlessinger

We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. -Mary McLeod Bethune

Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs. -E. W. Howe

I had no idea this thing was televised. Boy, is my face red. -David Letterman

Some people are uncomfortable with the idea that humans belong to the same class of animals as cats and cows and raccoons. They're like the people who become successful and then don't want to be reminded of the old neighborhood. -Phil Donahue

When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools. -Michael LeBoeuf

The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other. -David Riesman

No fashion has ever been created expressly for the lean purse or for the fat woman: the dressmaker's ideal is the thin millionaires. -Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

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

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

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

I'm an idealist without illusions. -John F. Kennedy

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings. -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. -Franklin Pierce

Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented. -Donald Rumsfeld

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal. -George Eliot

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. -Victor Hugo

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. -Oscar Wilde

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

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

There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money – and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact. -Oswald Spengler

The value of an idea lies in the using of it. -Thomas A. Edison

Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love. -Albert Camus

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. -Noam Chomsky

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past. -Robertson Davies

Do not use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.' -Henrik Ibsen

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

Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. -Leon Trotsky

America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men. -Woodrow Wilson

Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash. -Vladimir Nabokov

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work. -E. F. Schumacher

When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination. -Ellen Key

The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction. -Milton Sapirstein

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. -Henry Ward Beecher

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. -Maya Angelou

No man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man. -H. L. Mencken

My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work. -Sparky Anderson

Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms. -Branch Rickey

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind. -Juan Antonio Samaranch

Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding. -Juan Antonio Samaranch

The Olympic Movement gives the world an ideal which reckons with the reality of life, and includes a possibility to guide this reality toward the great Olympic Idea. -Pierre de Coubertin

The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die. -Pierre de Coubertin

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. -Pablo Picasso

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. -Edward Abbey

There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come. -Everett Dirksen

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. -Arthur C. Clarke

If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. -Rollo May

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

God screens us evermore from premature ideas. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every idea is an incitement… eloquence may set fire to reason. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I'm afraid that's not quite right. -Bill Gates

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea. -Edward Weston

Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately. -Edward Weston

The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding. -Edward Steichen

My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person. -Andy Warhol

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. -Ansel Adams

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. -Thomas Jefferson

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are. -Erica Jong

The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another. -Richard P. Feynman

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism. -Herbert Hoover

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year. -Victor Borge

What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea. -Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on. -Alfred Hitchcock

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do. -Ani DiFranco

The television industry doesn't like to see the compexity of the world. It prefers simple reporting, with simple ideas: this is white, that's black; this is good, that's bad. -Krzysztof Kieslowski

The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea. -Jean-Luc Godard

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

In the game of life, it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season. -Bill Vaughan

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal. -Albert Einstein

Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that. -Richard M. Nixon

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous. -Henry Ford

I absolutely realize that a celebrity spokesperson is not ideal. -Janeane Garofalo

In a war of ideas it is people who get killed. -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Women say they have sexual thoughts too. They have no idea. It's the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it. If they knew what we were really thinking, they'd never stop slapping us. -Larry Miller

A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system. -Jane Smiley

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery. -Quintilian

What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking. -Voltaire

Never ever discount the idea of marriage. Sure, someone might tell you that marriage is just a piece of paper. Well, so is money, and what's more life-affirming than cold, hard cash? -Dennis Miller

It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics. -Robert Byrd

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

When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce. -Marianne Williamson

The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm. -Thomas J. Watson

I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded. -Simone Weil

Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison. -Simone Weil

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses. -Simone Weil

Human history in essence is the history of ideas. -H. G. Wells

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life. -Henry Van Dyke

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas. -Miguel de Unamuno

Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you. -Miguel de Unamuno

Labor gives birth to ideas. -Jim Rohn

Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever. -Helen Rowland

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. -Ronald Reagan

Every suggested idea produces a corresponding physical reaction. Every idea constantly repeated ends by being engraved upon the brain, provoking the act which corresponds to that idea. -Scott Reed

To begin with, you must realize that any idea accepted by the brain is automatically transformed into an action of some sort. It may take seconds or minutes or longer – but ideas always produce a reaction of some sort. -Scott Reed

The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same. -Jean Rostand

To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should. -Jean Rostand

To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few. -Jean Rostand

Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind. -Jean Rostand

The difference between people and ideas is… only superficial. -Richard Rorty

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement. -Theodore Roosevelt

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself. -Henry Adams

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him. -Antonin Artaud

Our ideals are our better selves. -Amos Bronson Alcott

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. -Albert Einstein

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas. -George Eliot

To have a great idea, have a lot of them. -Thomas A. Edison

Don't use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.' -Henrik Ibsen

The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself. -Bernard Baruch

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing. -Warren Buffett

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance. -Henry Ward Beecher

Suffering is part of the divine idea. -Henry Ward Beecher

The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing. -Walter Benjamin

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise… specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine. -Allan Bloom

I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. -Emily Bronte

The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events. -John Kenneth Galbraith

The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. -Mahatma Gandhi

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life. -John W. Gardner

No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time. -Emma Goldman

To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character. -Emma Goldman

Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds. -Remy de Gourmont

Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices. -Remy de Gourmont

Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds. -Remy de Gourmont

There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order. -William E. Gladstone

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. -Erich Fromm

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. -Henry Ford

It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. -John Maynard Keynes

A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants. -Karl Kraus

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

It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new. -Karl Kraus

Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid. -Soren Kierkegaard

Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice. -Sydney J. Harris

Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other. -Victor Hugo

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. -Victor Hugo

I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known. -Hubert H. Humphrey

It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea. -Hubert H. Humphrey

If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free. -Douglas Horton

To be an ideal guest, stay at home. -E. W. Howe

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. -Napoleon Hill

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. -Napoleon Hill

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. -Napoleon Hill

My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work. -Louis Aragon

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. -Louis Aragon

So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs. -Dorothea Brande

A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with. -James Anthony Froude

Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas. -Charles Fillmore

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. -Charles Dickens

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art. -Benjamin Disraeli

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong. -Benjamin Disraeli

If I had some idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago? -Richard M. DeVos

It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs. -Marguerite Duras

Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea. -Guy Debord

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact. -Andrea Dworkin

People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around – the music and the ideas. -Bob Dylan

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering. -Freeman Dyson

My own idea is that these things are as piffle before the wind. -Daisy Ashford

A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals. -Robert M. Hutchins

That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others. -James Thomson

Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service. -Joan Didion

Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness. -George Sand

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two. -Sophie Swetchine

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter. -Logan Pearsall Smith

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas. -Laurence Sterne

The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is – a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter. -Herbert Spencer

Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas, If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed. -Robert H. Schuller

You never suffer from a money problem, you always suffer from an idea problem. -Robert H. Schuller

I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way. -Carl Sandburg

A barrier is of ideas, not of things. -Mark Caine

It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes. -Elias Canetti

Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is. -Thomas Carlyle

There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal. -Calvin Coolidge

With two thousand years of Christianity behind him… a man can't see a regiment of soldiers march past without going off the deep end. It starts off far too many ideas in his head. -Louis-Ferdinand Celine

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

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation. -William James

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. -Lady Bird Johnson

Marriage was all a woman's idea and for man's acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful. -Phyllis McGinley

It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be. -Archibald MacLeish

As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound. -Harold MacMillan

It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. -Thomas Mann

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it. -Thomas Mann

No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else. -Orison Swett Marden

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else. -Orison Swett Marden

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong. -Don Marquis

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. -Karl Marx

We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets – we remember only. -Henry Miller

A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection. Nothing less. -Pir Vilayat Khan

What we need most, is not so much to realize the ideal as to idealize the real. -Francis Herbert Hedge

You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. -Shirley Chisholm

All men are homosexual, some turn straight. It must be very odd to be a straight man because your sexuality is hopelessly defensive. It's like an ideal of racial purity. -Derek Jarman

A Country is not a mere territory; the particular territory is only its foundation. The Country is the idea which rises upon that foundation; it is the sentiment of love, the sense of fellowship which binds together all the sons of that territory. -Giuseppe Mazzini

By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage. -Ian Mcewan

A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences. -Jacques Maritain

The poetic act consists of suddenly seeing that an idea splits up into a number of equal motifs and of grouping them; they rhyme. -Stephane Mallarme

From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery. -John Henry Newman

I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his 'divine service.' -Friedrich Nietzsche

We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making. -Joseph Chilton Pearce

You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing. -Walker Percy

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission. -Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf. -Ezra Pound

An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband. -Booth Tarkington

Most of my songs are about Jesus. Most of my songs are about the idea that there is salvation, and that there is a Savior. But I won't mention his name in a song just to get a cheap play. -Pete Townshend

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment. -Mahatma Gandhi

The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea. -Mortimer Adler

I'm absolutely convinced that the threat we face now, the idea of a terrorist in the middle of one of our cities with a nuclear weapon, is very real and that we have to use extraordinary measures to deal with it. -Dick Cheney

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. -Stephen Fry

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

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. -George Orwell

I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle! -Woody Allen

I resent the idea that people would blame the messenger for the message, rather than looking at the content of the message itself. -Anita Hill

It takes a big idea to attract the attention of consumers and get them to buy your product. Unless your advertising contains a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night. I doubt if more than one campaign in a hundred contains a big idea. -David Ogilvy

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

In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. -Alfred Whitney Griswold

Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other. -Robert Benchley

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. -Erica Jong

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. -Adlai Stevenson I

Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true. -H. L. Mencken

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. -George Carlin

Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There's nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch. -Larry Flynt

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. -Paul Engle

Kennedy did not have to run the risk of having his ideas and his words shortened and adulterated by a correspondent. This was the television era, not only in campaigning, but in holding the presidency. -Hugh Sidey

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism. -Bill Moyers

I thought using the Ayatollah's money to support the Nicaraguan resistance was a neat idea. -Oliver North

One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life. -Napoleon Hill

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea. -Pearl S. Buck

If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it. -Charles Kettering

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. -Brian Tracy

Too often new ideas are studied and analyzed until they are suffocated. -William Pollard

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle. -William Osler

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. -Eric Hoffer

My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with. -Oprah Winfrey

When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always. -Rita Rudner

I am so busy doing nothing… that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything. -Jerry Seinfeld

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. -Linus Pauling

Are we changing the idea of what beauty is? Let's hope so. I'm not the typical Hollywood beauty. Let's hope we're looking at the insides of people a little more. -Anne Heche

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world's best talents and greatest ideas. -Jack Welch

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation. -Simone de Beauvoir

It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously. -H. L. Mencken

Bruce Sutter has been around for a while and he's pretty old. He's thirty-five years old, that will give you some idea of how old he is. -Ron Fairly

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! -Arthur C. Clarke

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. -Edward Steichen

I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it – not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization. -Harry S Truman

It is my opinion that everything must be based on a simple idea. And it is my opinion that this idea, once we have finally discovered it, will be so compelling, so beautiful, that we will say to one another, yes, how could it have been any different. -John Archibald Wheeler

There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea. -Virginia Woolf

The great artist is a slave to his ideals. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism. -Germaine Greer

Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical and unloving he may sound to him. -John Gray

My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone. -George Foreman

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

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment. -Earl Nightingale

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously. -Norman Vincent Peale

The English approach to ideas is not to kill them, but to let them die of neglect. -Jeremy Paxman

Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky. -Boris Yeltsin

You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements. -William Butler Yeats

A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets. -Napoleon Bonaparte

You have to know one big thing and stick with it. The leaders who had one very big idea and one very big commitment. This permitted them to create something. Those are the ones who leave a legacy. -Irving Kristol

It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa. -Wangari Maathai

Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy. -P. J. O'Rourke

As a result of America's efforts to realize the ideals of equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are ruled by blacks. -David Horowitz

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival. -Noam Chomsky

Forget all the bars and schmoozing and everybody checking out everybody else. My ideal date would be to park in a dark place, check out the stars, and have a great conversation. When all else fails, you can just make out. -Brooke Burke

I believe with all my heart that America remains 'the great idea' that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a gift to raise your family here, to vote here, and to live here. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

From slavery to segregation, we remember that America did not always live up to its ideals. In fact, we often fell far short of them. But we also learned that fundamental to our national character is the drive to live out the true meaning of our creed. -Bill Frist

One of the great privileges of being a part of the Senate, it being the greatest deliberative body in the world, is out of the discussions of ideas, hopefully truth can ultimately be achieved. -Bill Nelson

While one party may possess the levers of power, one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas. Good lawmaking, after all, is about the ability to craft effective solutions. -Bill Owens

Good ideas are the backbone of good government. -Brian Schweitzer

I have long been a proponent of a guest-worker program between the United States and Mexico, and in particular I have proposed that Arizona would be an ideal location for a pilot project. -Janet Napolitano

Brothers in suffering, brothers in resistance, brothers in ideals and conviction. It is now our duty to further strengthen this bond in order to secure this hard-won freedom for future generations. -Guy Verhofstadt

The idea that the world can unite without being regulated is clearly an illusion. -Guy Verhofstadt

One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won. -Bryant H. McGill

We have a country that wants to believe it is the best in everything, but until all of us embrace the idea that health care should be a right, not a privilege, our system cannot be glibly described as, quote, 'the best in the world.' -Tim Johnson

I will commit myself to making this state an even greater place to live, work and raise a family. I intend to reach out from border to border to hear first-hand from our citizens about their thoughts, concerns and ideas for our state. -Dave Heineman

With new jobs, new ideas, and growing confidence that our brightest days lie ahead, Wisconsin is on the move. -Jim Doyle

We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. -Barack Obama

If we hold true to our ideals and our commitment to freedom, this generation of servicemen and women will have extended liberty to the Iraqi people, just as previous generations of Americans have all across the globe. -Jim Talent

The very idea of freedom incites fear in the hearts of terrorists across the world. -Elizabeth Dole

The idea of reasoning with terrorists without force or with appeasement is naive, and I think it's dangerous. -George Allen

Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world. -Robert Byrd

Nothing dies harder than a bad idea. -Julia Cameron

The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests. -Charley Reese

Frankly, I was surprised at how generous the Japanese press has been to the idea of a foreigner running Sony. -Howard Stringer

Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don't care about fame, I don't care about being a celebrity. I know that's part of the job, but I don't feed into anyone's idea of who I should be. -Jessica Alba

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertising. -Norman Douglas

Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures – it is the designer's job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting. -Paul Rand

Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations. -Paul Rand

Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation in turn becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources – and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on in the future. -Alberto Moravia

Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it's own; if it doesn't, the thing collapses. -Arnold Newman

The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea. -Thomas Mann

If I'm a commodity, it wouldn't be a wise idea to buy stock in me – although, in the long run, maybe I'm a slow growth investment. -Tim Robbins

You have no idea of the people I didn't marry. -Artie Shaw

Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage. -Sri Aurobindo

It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public. -Maya Lin

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. -Ron Paul

If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility. -Antonin Scalia

The financial markets generally are unpredictable. So that one has to have different scenarios… The idea that you can actually predict what's going to happen contradicts my way of looking at the market. -George Soros

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas. -Martha Stewart

There's no good idea that can't be improved on. -Michael Eisner

To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines. -Steve Jobs

The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. -Alfred Whitney Griswold

I had an idea of what I thought was funny. It's kind of based on how I am. -Jennifer Aniston

I didn't have any idea that I would be able to have a career in film. -Philip Seymour Hoffman

I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems. -Alec Baldwin

When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection. -Debra Messing

There's a part of me that wants to be known and make a comfortable living but still be able to go grocery shopping. My overall idea of success is having people I want to work with want to work with me. -Lusia Strus

What draws me to the theatre, and what appealed to me about Too Much Light, is that you have no idea what's going to happen. That's the most exciting part of theatre, it's never the same. If it were, it would be like watching a movie. -Lusia Strus

My Mom is a ballet director, so I had this idea in me that classical training is the best foundation for anything you do, so I wanted to get a classical background and voice. -Shuler Hensley

I've always resisted the idea of becoming a David Hasselhoff, and I hope I'm still resisting it. -Anthony Head

You jot down ideas, memories, whatever, concerning your real life that somehow parallels the character you're playing, and you incorporate that in your scene work. -Chris Cooper

Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist. I also toyed with the idea of being a chef – but that's only when people asked me what I wanted to be. In fact, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I didn't ever believe that I was good enough to be come one. -Ian Mckellen

You get ideas from other people all the time. -Jared Harris

I mean I think children love the idea that there are different viewpoints and different words for things and different worlds. And the more that they pretend to be other people, the harder it is for them to hate them and misunderstand them when they grow up. -Samuel West

We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything. -Francis John McConnell

I'm not saying my idea is the one and only idea. We should have other ideas, but the president has not laid down a specific plan as to how he's going to get us to solvency. I do that. -Chuck Hagel

Knowledge is power. Most of us agree that something has to be done to strengthen Social Security, and I believe it's irresponsible to arbitrarily dismiss any idea, Republican nor Democrat, without giving it a hard look. -Conrad Burns

Even as we pour hundreds of billions of dollars into our efforts in the Middle East, there is much that needs to be done to win the war of ideas in the Muslim world and beyond. -Herb Kohl

Let's not dismiss or attack individual ideas as being inadequate before we have had a chance to assess their positive effect as part of a whole solution. -John Thune

Look, freedom is an overwhelming American notion. The idea that we want to see the world, the peoples of the world free is something that all of us subscribe to. -Joe Biden

What's going on in the Senate is kind of a politics of escalation. We're getting sort of like the Mideast: pay back everybody when you're in charge. -Lindsey Graham

The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire. -Rick Santorum

Increasing recycling in Delaware is an idea whose time has come and, if put off, may not come again. -Ruth Ann Minner

Let us tackle the big issues with bold ideas that transform Iowa to accomplish our shared mission to grow Iowa, and realize our shared vision of Iowa as the best place to live, work and raise a family. -Tom Vilsack

The platform we had in Dallas, the 1984 Republican platform, all the ideas we supported there – from tax policy, to foreign policy; from individual rights, to neighborhood security – are things that Jefferson Davis and his people believed in. -Trent Lott

The idea that information can be stored in a changing world without an overwhelming depreciation of its value is false. It is scarcely less false than the more plausible claim that after a war we may take our existing weapons, fill their barrels with information. -Norbert Wiener

Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets. -Victor Kiam

The informing idea of what you want to say and do, that's what will take you from film school to professional – the idea. That's what is original to you. -William Friedkin

Fundamental ideas are not a consequence of experience, but a result of the particular constitution and activity of the mind, which is independent of all experience in its origin, though constantly combined with experience in its exercise. -William Whewell

There are people hell-bent on the idea that we're a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It's simply about life experience. -Amy Lee

Well, Well, Well, its certainly a compelling provocative exciting delicious to think about idea, smart people say the universe is so big there must be something statistically it could be likely there could be something happening on some other world. -Jeff Goldblum

The whole idea that the rescue was staged or the soldiers were shooting blanks, that's just obvious stuff. Why would you do that in the middle of a war? It's just crazy. -Jessica Lynch

In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to whom the idea first occurs. -Francis Darwin

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

Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love. -Hector Berlioz

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them. -Alan Perlis

I have never had a lap dance in Tampa or any other part of Florida. If I ever did have a lap dance, I don't think I would be discussing television ideas with the girl that was giving it to me. -Stan Lee

Of course, Marxism is an example of what Carl Popper would have called a 'World Three' structure, in that it's got immense power as an idea, but you couldn't actually hold up anything in the world and say: 'this is Marxism'. -Alan Moore

I think my imagination dictates the technologies I use. But at the same time, my imagination can be technologic. Sometimes I see a tool and I know immediately how to use it, but most of the time I use the tool for an idea I already have. -Michel Gondry

No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving more by the way of violence. -Yitzhak Rabin

As scientists, we keep an open mind, but we have to base our ideas about the past on archaeological evidence. -Zahi Hawass

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. -Robert McAfee Brown

A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes. -Claude Bernard

Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia and surgery. -Garry Trudeau

It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal. -Eknath Easwaran

Every vital organization owes its birth and life to an exciting and daring idea. -James Bryant Conant

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea. -Robert Anton Wilson

Perhaps, when we examine the causes of many social changes and political upheavals, we will find the marks of its presence and its principal ideals. -Ali Khamenei

The idea of human rights as a fundamental principle can be seen to underlie throughout Islamic teachings. -Ali Khamenei

Germany must be a country which generates political ideas and leadership, which is capable of compromise, which is sovereign and yet knows that it needs its partners on both sides of the Atlantic. -Horst Koehler

Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are. -Jan Peter Balkenende

The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever. These ideas which mobilized the masses are only a worthless currency. -Muammar al-Gaddafi

There are some who are scared by unity and by building a country on the basis of ideas. -Paul Kagame

Remember that mindsets can not be changed through force and coercion. No idea can ever be forcibly thrust upon any one. -Pervez Musharraf

However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice. -Tony Blair

In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there. -Bill Murray

The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me. -Chris Van Allsburg

If we have been brought up with the idea that life is for suffering and sacrifice, then of course we would seek death to escape this 'vale of tears'. -Claude Vorilhon

To live forever should not be an obligation. In fact, eternal life should only be for those who wish for it, because if we are depressed and unhappy with our lives, just the idea of living forever is an unbearable source of suffering. -Claude Vorilhon

I thought I had swell ideas, and wonderful musicians, but the hell of it, no one else did. -Glenn Miller

I'm thinking of remaking 'Psycho' again. Doing a third remake. The idea this time is to really change it – we're talking about doing a punk rocker setting. -Gus Van Sant

I always start from scratch with a character – they're never based on anyone else. You get ideas of what people look like, and I'm a great people watcher. You can draw inspiration from people. -Amanda Burton

Peace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent. -Aung San Suu Kyi

Many people have the idea that game shows are easy to come up with. And nothing could be further from the truth. -Bob Barker

The theologians have recognized that the ideal is the imitation of God. If we be a part of such an organic thing, this thing is God to us, as I am God to the cells that compose me. -Charles Fort

It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant with the ideas of number and quantity. -George Boole

The more alone I am, the more focused I can get. I've written things with people, some of which I liked and others I think are total travesties. Collaborating is trying to make a piece of music and get someone else to come up with the ideas. What's the fun of that? -Alex Chilton

Anybody who's ever gone through a hard time – any outsider's perception, no matter how much information they're given, they have no idea what the person's life is like. -Amy Grant

You have to treat people gently because we're all in a process. What might seem like a good idea to somebody at 21 is probably not going to seem like a good idea at 50, but you don't know that until you get there. -Amy Grant

To me, the whole idea of fame and I think it can be a real test of somebody, of who they are. You know, 'cause some strange things happen. I've seen some peculiar things as far as a person just living their life. -Tobey Maguire

Winning the Outstanding Contribution award is great, because you know you have won in advance. Previously, I have been really nervous during the ceremony because you have no idea if you are going to get called up on stage. This time I could relax and enjoy myself. -Tom Jones

I have a different idea of a universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all. -Aime Cesaire

I think a badly crafted, great idea for a new film with a ton of spelling mistakes is just 100 times better than a well-crafted stale script. -Alexander Payne

The artist writes, paints, sings or dances the burden of some idea or feeling off his mind. -Max Nordau

All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a certain way, by war; they make it tour the world. -Victor Cousin

The fact is, beneath the hype, Iraqis will soon appreciate American help and idealism far more than French perfidy. It is never wrong to be on the side of freedom – never. -Victor Davis Hanson

The idea of being a foreign correspondent and wandering the world and witnessing great events, having adventures and covering the activities of world leaders, appealed to me greatly. It was a very glamorous life in those days. -Alan Cranston

The Republic of Macedonia is being built on democratic ideals and values, not on ethnic groups. Those ideals and values include economic opportunities, language and educational opportunities, religious rights, and political processes. -Boris Trajkovski

Music has to be written while people are still excited about a particular melodic or rhythmic sequence. The idea doesn't come out the same if we're not really excited about it. -Brandon Boyd

You just have to trust your instincts and hope that if someone doesn't like your idea, you can prove them wrong in the final process. In the end, you can please some of the people some of the time, but that's about all you can do. -Bryan Singer

For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal. -Carl Bernstein

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. -Charles Kettering

The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity – that it's this or maybe that – you have just one large statement; it is this. -Chinua Achebe

The Internet has exceeded our collective expectations as a revolutionary spring of information, news, and ideas. It is essential that we keep that spring flowing. We must not thwart the Internet's availability by taxing access to it. -Chris Cannon

We had no idea what we were in for when we started Blue Sky. We just had an idea of what we wanted to do. When we got to a point where it seemed impossible, we just kept doing it. After 18 years, we have a lot of it done. -Chris Wedge

I get the greatest feeling when I'm singing. It's other-worldly. Your feet are anchored into the Earth and into this energy force that comes up through your feet and goes up the top of your head and maybe you're holding hands with the angels or the stars, I have no idea. -Cyndi Lauper

No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man; no other idea has so fruitfully stimulated his intellect; yet no other concept stands in greater need of clarification than that of the infinite. -David Hilbert

All I like to do is work every day and have an idea what I want to do. -David Ortiz

I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out. -David Sedaris

Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas. -Emil Cioran

A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions. -Emil Cioran

It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in. -Friedrich Schiller

I shall ask no more than that you agree with Dean Inge that even though counting heads is not an ideal way to govern, at least it is better than breaking them. -Learned Hand

A lot of young filmmakers bring their movies to my dad because he always gives lots of good editing ideas and notes. He'd be a good film professor. -Sofia Coppola

The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas. -Boris Johnson

Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition. -Daniel Dennett

Forty years ago this country went down a rabbit hole in Vietnam and millions died. I fear we're going down a rabbit hole once again – and if people can stop and think and reflect on some of the ideas and issues in this movie, perhaps I've done some damn good here! -Errol Morris

No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it. -Fernando Pessoa

What I've enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it! -Jamie Oliver

I refuse to go into a fast-food outlet – to use the toilet even – in case anyone got the wrong idea and thought I was sneaking in a quick burger. -Jonny Wilkinson

I'm insecure about everything, because… I'm never going to look in the mirror and see this blond, blue-eyed girl. That is my idea of what I'd like to look like. -Cher

You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. -Vachel Lindsay

Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love. -Morihei Ueshiba

A revolutionary idea is usually one with its sleeves rolled up. -Navjot Singh Sidhu

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights. -Shirin Ebadi

I've no idea what Eddie Irvine's orders are, but he's following them superlatively well. -Murray Walker

Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as 'suits'. -Paul Graham

Control over the use of one's ideas really constitutes control over other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more difficult. -Richard Stallman

If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough – you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal. -Richard Stallman

The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part. -Richard Stallman

It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state. -Sean Hannity

Being able to write an idea down succinctly doesn't make that idea any better than one which rambles on a bit. It just comes to the point sooner. -Simon Travaglia

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas. -Lewis Black

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

Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world. -Sai Baba

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

The man who never makes a mistake always takes orders from one who does. No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies. -Daisy Bates

For better or worse, MTV sort of bridges the whole country together almost like the BBC does in England. It's opened up everything so wide that it's possible for everyone to have different ideas. -Joey Ramone

I enjoyed my life when I had nothing… and kinda like the idea of just being happy with me. -Joey Ramone

We do not support the man. We do not support the individual. We support the idea of independent revolution in the Western Hemisphere, free from American intervention. -Lee Harvey Oswald

Taking time to sit back and watch and think about what you've seen is important. Traveling did a great deal to me. I found that when I travel and just sit in the corner and watch, a million ideas come to me. -Lionel Richie

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular. -Maximilien Robespierre

The most important political task facing the out-of-power party – the Democrats for now – is creating a villain to run against. It's certainly easier than developing some grand new ideas or policies on which to campaign. -Pat Sajak

I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and destroying it essentially! I like the idea of bringing it down to earth a bit – and even a bit lower than that. -Randy Newman

Learn about the world, the way it works, any kind of science and anthropology, it's really an interesting place we live in. Evolution is a really fantastic idea, even more than the idea of God I think. -Randy Newman

My ideas about time all developed from the realization that if nothing were to change we could not say that time passes. Change is primary, time, if it exists at all, is something we deduce from it. -Julian Barbour

The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas. -Leonard Peikoff

The universal principle of etymology in all languages: words are carried over from bodies and from the properties of bodies to express the things of the mind and spirit. The order of ideas must follow the order of things. -Giambattista Vico

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who… looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space… on the infinite highway of the air. -Wilbur Wright

You have to create a track record of breaking your own mold, or at least other people's idea of that mold. -William Hurt

Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things. -bell hooks

I never take ideas from the headlines. I feel that if a story is good enough, a real story that is, then it's already been covered by the media, and if it's not good enough, why would I want to bother with it? -Evan Hunter

I think it's really terrifying that a country based on the foundations and ideals of God, is now systematically removing God from everything. Everything! -Stephen Baldwin

All ideas come about through some sort of observation. It sparks an attitude; some object or emotion causes a reaction in the other person. -Graham Chapman

I was gaining weight very rapidly and read about the idea of restricting carbohydrates as an alternative to going hungry. I had a big appetite, so that was the only thing I would even consider. -Robert Atkins

I've never worried about what audiences would accept or had a game plan regarding the career. I never had an idea of how I should look to my fans or anybody else. -Antonio Banderas

Look, the hard-line Jewish position is based, to this day, on the idea that the Palestinian Arabs somehow or other will either accept third-class status, or they will pick up and go away. Now, this isn't happening. -Arthur Hertzberg

I'd heard a lot of Asian people were rooting for me, but I had no idea. I was stunned. They were… impassioned, especially compared to Japan. I couldn't even have anticipated that kind of welcome. -Ayumi Hamasaki

I like the idea of playing in unison with yourself. -Richard Thompson

I like the idea of being alone. I like the idea of often being alone in all aspects of my life. I like to feel lonely. I like to need things. -Robert Plant

We are trying to communicate a fulfilled ideal. Does anybody remember laughter? -Robert Plant

If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love's reach. -Margaret Cho

All good ideas arrive by chance. -Max Ernst

We don't want to push our ideas on to customers, we simply want to make what they want. -Laura Ashley

I've never seen bad drawing destroy a good idea. On the other hand, I've never seen a good drawing save a bad idea. -Paul Conrad

If I can finish a cartoon in 20 minutes, then that's the ideal editorial cartoon – it's to the point. -Paul Conrad

I have no idea what readership is of written editorials, but it doesn't come anywhere close to the readership of editorial cartoons. -Paul Conrad

What I love about new technology is that it really pushes the art. It really pushes it in a way that you can't imagine until you come up with the idea. It's idea-based. You can do anything. -Robert Rodriguez

We are losing the democracy that we're trying to sell in the Mideast and everywhere else right here in our own nation. -Rosie O'Donnell

Because when the film was first mooted, the Beatles didn't like the idea at all. In fact they wouldn't have any part in it. And when Brian had committed them, it was part of a deal he did with United Artists, I think. -George Martin

Frank called me one day and said, 'I have an idea for a movie, why don't you come over and I'll tell you?' So I went over and we sat down and he said, 'This picture starts in heaven'. That shook me. -James Stewart

I've had two callers ask, 'Did you ever work for someone who is poorer than you are?' Their idea is it takes a rich person to give you a job because jobs are something that are given to you, an inferior, from on high. -John Hall

All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. -Grant Wood

It's not just a revue where one song is done, then another. There are concepts and ideas at work. -Hal David

The same Source that gave you the idea, will give you the means to see it through. -Alan Cohen

What are you accepting that would not be a part of your ideal day? -Alan Cohen

Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror. -D. H. Lawrence

Each of us seems to have a main focus, a particular idea of practicality – a concept of 'what we want out of life' against which we judge our experiences. -Jane Roberts

The family only represents one aspect, however important an aspect, of a human being's functions and activities. A life is beautiful and ideal or the reverse, only when we have taken into our consideration the social as well as the family relationship. -Havelock Ellis

It's easy to idealize someone that you don't know. -Craig Bruce

When shooting in the dark, it is a good idea to use a machine gun. -Craig Bruce

Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea. -Craig Bruce

I've never been resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because although I couldn't sew, I could think. -Jane Rule

I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli. -Michael J. Fox

You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them. -Michael J. Fox

We don't need to have somebody that's gonna make sure they pay for our market bills. It's like we have only one reason to love and that is for the real idea of love. -Stevie Nicks

My idea of fast food is a mallard. -Ted Nugent

The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal. -Richard Adams

The world does not owe men a living, but business, if it is to fulfill its ideal, owes men an opportunity to earn a living. -Owen D. Young

From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God. -George Berkeley

I think the thing to remember, though, the next time you hear someone who is really certain that he is on the side of the angels, is that the idea of angels was created by human beings, who are famous for being frequently untrustworthy and occasional. -Jon Carroll

It seems obvious to me that the notion of God has never been anything but a kind of ideal projection, a reflection upward of the human personality, and that theology never has been and never can be anything but a more and more purified mythology. -Alfred Loisy

Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge'they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely. -Vissarion Belinsky

The ideals of the party were close to me, and I have tried to adhere to those principles all my life. In essence, they are the same as in the Ten Commandments in the Bible. I will never change my convictions. -Valentina Tereshkova

You have no idea how expensive it is to look this cheap. -Steven Tyler

Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery – courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things. -James Harvey Robinson

I guess my idea of a good audience is one that's quiet and listens, but also that's alive: they respond, they're getting the jokes, they're with me. And that' s been happening. -Dan Hicks

Ray is very secretive about his ideas – why not, the times that the Kinks have been ripped off, especially in the early years, it makes you a little bit cautious about telling anybody what you're doing. And that's understandable. -Dave Davies

My ideal day would be to get a good work out in, listen to music, talk to my family and friends on the phone, read and go to a good movie. -Steve Nash

I understand about this idea of terror and what it means to Americans and this idea that we can't just walk around free like we did; life has changed. -Johnnie Cochran

I think you should make more movies, more musicals. I think the public deserves that. I think this country deserves to be able to get out and foster that talent. Give them an opportunity to become stars. I think the whole idea is wonderful. -Donald O'Connor

Many of the Europeans who want Israel to go away don't even know why they do. Nearly a third of those interviewed concede they have no idea what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about. It's enough to know that Israelis are Jews. -Suzanne Fields

There definitely is that element of guys who like to party and have a good time and… putting off for as long as possible the idea that they'll actually have to settle down. -Luke Wilson

When I need the idea, I can find it immediately. I have a horror of rewriting or deleting; the parts of my composition are carried in my head 'till I can write them down, even to the last note. Then I do not alter a jot. -Ruggero Leoncavallo

I guess I've always liked the idea of being an artist. -Larry Rivers

Actually just recently I came up with that idea, watching the movie 'Legally Blonde' and I was like, 'Cool, that's something I want to do.' -Lisa Leslie

My mother had gotten a job as a receptionist at a dancing school and had the idea that we should open our own dancing school; we did, and it prospered. -Gene Kelly

Creation implies authority in the sense of originator. The possibility of a 'Fall' is implied in a Covenant insofar as the idea of a Covenant implies the possibility of its being violated. -Kenneth Burke

The idea of equal rights was in the air. -Lucy Stone

Before there was any talk of a movie, people would sometimes ask me what actors I would imagine playing these characters. And the only thing I could ever say is: I have such a clear idea of these characters that they'd have to play themselves. -Michael Cunningham

I don't see any reason to quit playing. I'll be doing this at least till I get to a hundred and something. You know, I ain't got far to go. But I'm still going to be playing, as long as I have good ideas, and can play as I do. -Claude Williams

Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don't look back, you can never look back. -Don Henley

The idea of infection began to be taken far more seriously than it ever had before. Hospitals transformed themselves in response to the new plague – sometimes for the better, but often for the worse, as when, in fear, they cast their ulcerated patients out into the streets. -Peter Lewis Allen

Honest discussions – even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree – can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic ideals, such as liberty and justice for all, on which our country was founded. -David Price

An investigator starts research in a new field with faith, a foggy idea, and a few wild experiments. Eventually the interplay of negative and positive results guides the work. By the time the research is completed, he or she knows how it should have been started and conducted. -Donald Cram

God help us from those who believe that they are the sole possessors of truth. How we manage at times to agree willingly to become prisoners within our own minds and souls of beliefs and ideas on which we can never be flexible. -Hussein of Jordan

I am totally against the idea that a Muslim woman should not have the same opportunities as a Muslim man to learn, to open up, to work, help shape the future. To close Islam down to a sexist approach is totally intolerable and ridiculous. It's not Islam. -Hussein of Jordan

A well balanced, inclusive approach, according to certain standards and ideals, is essential for the proper governance of any country. -Laisenia Qarase

A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank. -John Berry

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. -James Lane Allen

The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, and this you will become. -James Lane Allen

You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration. -James Lane Allen

Many of the contradictions in Postmodern art come from the fact that we're trying to be artists in a democratic society. This is because in a democracy, the ideal is compromise. In art, it isn't. -Brad Holland

At the time I came along, Hollywood's idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity, usually involving boys in pursuit of sex, and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers! -John Hughes

I never presumed that a technique of composition or an idea was so special that just using it would guarantee the quality of the music. -Robert Morris

I have reached the point where I know that as long as I sit down to write, the ideas will come. What they will be, I don't know. -Robert B. Parker

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing. -D. H. Lawrence

If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. Ideas are any man's greatest asset. -Harvey S. Firestone

Capital isn't that important in business. Experience isn't that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas. -Harvey S. Firestone

Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express. -James C. Maxwell

The idea that an individual can find God is terribly self-centered. It is like a wave thinking it can find the sea. -John Templeton

If God is One, and if there can be no other God, there can be no idea of God. -Leo Strauss

Let's trace the birth of an idea. It's born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressivism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderated conservative, outmoded, and gone. -Powell Clayton

A face is like the outside of a house, and most faces, like most houses, give us an idea of what we can expect to find inside. -Loretta Young

I did have strange ideas during certain periods of time. -John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Shows have been sold out. It's overwhelming, you know. I had no idea what to expect with this new sound and everything and just to see so many people just come out and embrace it, it's overwhelming. -Vanilla Ice

If there is no certain reality, the idea of following a leader must be scrutinized. -Marguerite Young

I do feel part of that generation of people who were rather idealistic in the '70s and became disillusioned in the '80s. Not just about social services issues, but the world. -Kazuo Ishiguro

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

It is nice to be around people who think differently than you. They challenge your ideas and keep you from being complacent. -Tucker Carlson

Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas, something that turns out to be right or wrong, like a gambler's bet. -Joanna Russ

The concepts of Joss are pure, and express attitudes and technical ideals. -Cliff Shaw

Being in drag for three months – I now have an idea of what women go through. At least maybe a little. -Michael Rosenbaum

For me, it was a revelation. There, was revealed a completely different Anne to the child that I had lost. I had no idea of the depths of her thoughts and feelings. -Otto Frank

Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred. -Daniel De Leon

The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds. -Isaiah Berlin

Few new truths have ever won their way against the resistance of established ideas save by being overstated. -Isaiah Berlin

An idea or institution may arise for one reason and be maintained for quite a different reason. -Joseph McCabe

As far as I know, only a small minority of mathematicians, even of those with Platonist views, accept the idea that there may be mathematical facts which are true but unknowable. -Abraham Robinson

The Committee supports the idea that there should be, within the University of California, a campus which puts particular emphasis on the education of undergraduates within the framework of a College system. -Abraham Robinson

When you write a song you have an idea of how it should be sung but it doesn't work out that way if someone else records it. -Barry Gibb

It's not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas. -Edwin Land

The dialogue of architecture has been centered too long around the idea of truth. -Michael Graves

One problem with ideas, however valid, is that they are static and impersonal, whereas a person is active and dynamic. -William Hull

Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin. -William Robertson Smith

That the God-man died for his people, and that His death is their life, is an idea which was in some degree foreshadowed by the older mystical sacrifices. -William Robertson Smith

We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing between individual men and God that we can hardly enter into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation in its national organisation appears as the religious unit. -William Robertson Smith

There was an idea of accepting everyone; there was no sense of exclusion. -Bill Pullman

These are ideas. I could say that they just came to me, but it would be more accurate to say that I went to them. Ideas – and new connections between ideas – lead you away from commonly held perceptions of reality. Ideas lead you out here. Ideas lead you into the darkness. -Dave Sim

It also is true that some ideas naturally work themselves out over a longer period of time than a single human life can encompass. -James E. Gunn

That certainly is one approach to take. My own is to acknowledge the inner child and try to work with my first fascination with science fiction. I have tried to build on its idea content and narrative drive rather than to discard them. -James E. Gunn

One should be willing to throw away a dozen ideas to come up with a good one, just as one should throw away a dozen words to come up with the right one. -James E. Gunn

I got this idea about being afraid to let go of something and being afraid of sinking into a state of almost anesthesia, where you have to trust other people. Just the paranoia of it all. And it seemed to suit the frenetic track. So I just wrote it out and, you know, said it. -Nick Rhodes

There's almost a fear that if you understood too deeply the way you arrived at choices, you could become self-conscious. In any case, many ideas which are full of personal meaning seem rather banal when you put words to them. -Peter Weir

Maybe… there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for unlawfully detaining 120 people. Maybe they just got carried away with last year's idea of pre-emptive strikes and thought, 'Let's not wait for an actual crime to occur. Let's get the innocent. -Mark Thomas

The ideal situation would be to bypass all of the drama and mayhem and just get the music right to the people. I'm confident that we'll eventually figure it out. -Debbie Gibson

The idea that you earn things – that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility, the vote, punishment… these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind. -Dennis Prager

Dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second. -Helen Fielding

As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea. -Charlotte Bunch

David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon – Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music. -Eddie Van Halen

A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service: The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible. -Frederick W. Smith

My innovation involved taking an idea from the telecommunications and banking industries, and applying that idea to transportation business. -Frederick W. Smith

As set forth by theologians, the idea of 'God' is an argument that assumes its own conclusions, and proves nothing. -Johann Most

Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that when we grasp it – in a decade, a century, or a millennium – we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise? How could we have been so stupid? -John Archibald Wheeler

I've always recorded the same way. I put down as many ideas as I have, then strip them away at the mixdown. It's better to have too much music than not enough. -Dave Navarro

The ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are in fact mere revivals of ancient errors, and a further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it. -Henry Hazlitt

I constantly try to reinvent my sensibilities and my ideas. I enjoy some of the satisfaction that I get when I feel good about what I've done. But the process is quite lonely and quite painful. -Vincent Gallo

A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues. -Andrew Mellon

Strong men have sound ideas and the force to make these ideas effective. -Andrew Mellon

We all went to Kelsey's wedding, and yeah, we go to parties. We also go to each other's house. A group of us got together over at Kelsey's and just read through some plays just for the fun of it. That may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but we had a good time. -David Hyde Pierce

I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters. -George A. Romero

I had to get rid of any idea of hell or any idea of the afterlife. That's what held me, kept me down. So now I just have nothing but contempt for the institution of the church. -Frank McCourt

The basic idea was that if a country would put its economy as an integrated piece of the world system, that it would benefit from that with economic growth. I concur with that basic view. -Jeffrey Sachs

We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy. -Jeffrey Sachs

Globalization was a deep trend pushed by technology and right ideas, as much as anything else. -Jeffrey Sachs

The idea that UN commitments should be followed by action is indeed a radical one, especially for the United States, where wilful neglect of its own commitments is the rule. -Jeffrey Sachs

I think my wife saw a picture of the rock group Journey, and they're kind of aging, and the one guy had dyed blonde hair with black roots, and… my idea was to get a little earring, I wanted to have a dangling earring. -Fred Willard

I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader… I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s, I would write for my wife Janice… mainly for my poet friends and my wife, who was very smart about poetry. -Kenneth Koch

I'm like Sergeant Schultz, I know nothing. We are trying to share ideas around the world. We don't just come up with a great idea in Brazil and ignore it in the rest of the world. -Rick Wagoner

Usually one or two things happen: Either you have an idea straightaway – the sort of sound that you want or the instrumentation or one particular sound that you want to feature – or you don't. -Anne Dudley

We all shared an admiration of Debussy both as a musician and as sort of an icon for the 20th century. It seemed like an interesting idea to go right back 100 years to find the source of some new ideas now. -Anne Dudley

I have this problem in the rebirthing community because it's so powerful sometimes, I get thrown out because people want to do things a certain way and they are just not open to new ideas, so they don't want me to come around. -Leonard Orr

While a lab Director can get done the things that he regards as important, he has the more important job of bringing out the best ideas of the broader scientific community. -Burton Richter

Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California. -Edsger Dijkstra

Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors. -Edsger Dijkstra

Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. -Johannes Brahms

I think you're running into a lot of trouble if your idea of foreplay is, 'Brace yourself honey, here I come!' -Phil McGraw

To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world – that I am able to change it in positive ways. -Maxine Hong Kingston

Anyone who knows how difficult it is to keep a secret among three men – particularly if they are married – knows how absurd is the idea of a worldwide secret conspiracy consciously controlling all mankind by its financial power; in real, clear analysis. -Oswald Mosley

We appear to be programmed with the idea that there are 'things' outside of our self, and some are conscious, and some are not. -Ray Kurzweil

There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may. -Robert Louis Stevenson

People watch movies – and it's vague ideas, it's vague notions, but people pick up on these things, that they are supposed to think certain ways or that they're not supposed to think, basically, and they don't. -Crispin Glover

Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness. -Sri Chinmoy

The ruling idea of the politician – stated rather bluntly – is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them. -Auberon Herbert

One of the goals of the Feminist Elite is to reinforce to women the idea that men are obsolete. -Tammy Bruce

The idea of Jewish unity, of a plan, an organization, unfortunately exists only in the brains of Hitler and Streicher. -Stefan Zweig

The experience of ages has shown that a man who works on the land is purer, nobler, higher, and more moral… Agriculture should be at the basis of everything. That's my idea. -Nikolai Gogol

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals. -James Naismith

If you are any competent musician, if you have creative ideas, ideas of songs, of arrangements, in a band like the Stones, where these 2 people do all the things, there is no freedom. -Bill Wyman

A lot of the things that we've been able to do in the last several years were Democratic ideas, including the structure for this new director of national intelligence. -Jane Harman

There is an idea of democracy produced by one-sided thinking. -Omar Bongo

I like the idea of bringing cartoon characters to life… and although the Americans have already attempted this, their culture is not sufficiently humane to make it work. -Gerard Depardieu

It was not long before I was struck with the idea that base ball was just the game for a national sport for Americans. -Henry Chadwick

To express the same idea in still another way, I think that human knowledge is essentially active. -Jean Piaget

The idea of trying to fight against extremism was written off as naive. -Joichi Ito

The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with – more speech and debate, not censorship. -Joichi Ito

Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way. -Joichi Ito

If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity, we have used them again because they are the eternal symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas. -Mark Rothko

But with lots of good ideas, implementation is the key, and so we need to keep our eye on the ball as we go forward and make sure that people honor their pledges in terms of financial commitments, and that we actually use this money so that it makes a real difference. -Mitchell Reiss

Sequels are very rarely a good idea, and in any case, the success of the book changed my relationship with the club in some ways. -Nick Hornby

Every country that has experimented with women in actual combat has abandoned the idea, and the notion that Israel uses women in combat is a feminist myth. -Phyllis Schlafly

I had a lot of different thoughts and ideas and always to transform, but I'm trying certain things that I feel my heart is really going for and that was one of the things that I initiated a few months ago. -Steffi Graf

Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection? -Steven Pinker

Opposing the free flow of goods or people is a bad idea. -William Weld

I just wanted to do this all Australian film and we didn't want to give creative control to overseas 'cause whoever comes on my sets, whether you're sweeping the floor or an actor, it doesn't matter who comes up with the ideas, it's a collaboration. -Yahoo Serious

I cannot but think that it would be a great step if mankind could familiarise themselves with the idea that they are spirits incorporated for a time in the flesh re spirits incorporated for a time in the flesh. -Catherine Crowe

It's such a crass idea – you're either in love or out of love. -Damien Hirst

When I was a kid, the idea of why I wanted acting to be the thing I do for the rest of my life was different. It was, Oh yeah, I'll get girls and be famous. -Edward Furlong

Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature. -George Crumb

I have two ideas for novels at the moment, neither of them all that conventional, but I'm not ready to choose between them yet, let alone settle down to the process of writing. -Jonathan Coe

The hierarchy of relations, from the molecular structure of carbon to the equilibrium of the species and ecological whole, will perhaps be the leading idea of the future. -Joseph Needham

It sounds ideal, a sort of beach childhood. But it wasn't really. I didn't use the beach very much at all. -Miranda Richardson

I've always liked the effect of having somebody in there who hadn't the faintest idea what was going on. -Derek Bailey

My challenge as a satirical artist is how to present ideas to people to enable them to question and reexamine their beliefs. My hope is, that my work provokes people to look at things in a new way. -Joey Skaggs

You don't want to give kids an idea that they might not have thought of. -John Walters

I was so flattered to be asked to be in the movies – the idea of being paid to act was heady stuff. -Piper Laurie

This is my idea of heaven, coming home and watching the news. -Rita Moreno

I think that curiosity happened on these reviews where I was just a guest of the reviewer, because it introduced me to new cuisines and to the idea of cooking as a mechanism for studying other cultures and understanding other parts of the world. -Ted Allen

Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors. -Thayer David

But, when Scripture makes a clear distinction between the act of creation and the process of preservation, we cannot accept the idea of a progressive creation process. -Walter Lang

And so from that, I've always been fascinated with the idea that complexity can come out of such simplicity. -Will Wright

The second thing for me, probably a few clicks down, is the idea that The Sims smoothly age and have different concerns and motivations and needs at different age ranges. -Will Wright

The grandest thing has been the lifting up of the gates and the opening of the doors to the women of America, giving liberty to twenty-seven million women, thus opening to them a new and larger life and a higher ideal. -Olympia Brown

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. -Thomas J. Watson

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues. -Mark Knopfler

I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right. -Henry Bessemer

A lot of people out there pay good lip service to the idea of personal freedom… right up to the point that someone tries to do something that they don't personally approve of. -Neal Boortz

There's an element of tongue-in-cheek in every one of our songs. Walking off into the sunset, holding hands, and being married forever was not exactly a brand new idea. -Peter Noone

The Americans may think they have 'liberated' Baghdad but the tens of thousands of thieves – they came in families and cruised the city in trucks and cars searching for booty – seem to have a different idea what liberation means. -Robert Fisk

I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time. -Robert Hass

Jewish intellectuals contributed a great deal to insure that Europe became a continent of humanism, and it is with these humanist ideals that Europe must now intervene in the Middle East conflict. -Daniel Barenboim

I want to do nothing chic, I want to have ideas before beginning a piece. -Georges Bizet

Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal. -Gustave Courbet

Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea. -Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. -Nicolas Malebranche

Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere. -Robert Bork

I've refined my mechanics, refined my pitches. I've gotten more confidence, and I've gotten more determination. I've got a better idea what I'm doing out there. -Randy Johnson

I have long been convinced that my artistic ideal stands or falls with Germany. Only the Germany that we love and desire can help us achieve that ideal. -Richard Wagner

The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people. -Huey Newton

The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing. -Milton Avery

I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, colors, form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter. At the same time I try to capture and translate the excitement and emotion aroused in me by the impact with the original idea. -Milton Avery

That save from Pele's header was the best I ever made. I didn't have any idea how famous it would become – to start with, I didn't even realise I'd made it at all. -Gordon Banks

My boyfriend's idea of a lesson was to take me on a black diamond run in the middle of a hail storm and say, 'Go!' Ski patrol had to escort me to another lift to get me down the mountain. No, that wasn't humiliating, not at all. -Claudia Black

Yes. I was the first female colonel. I enjoyed being that kind of role model for young women watching the show. A woman can be a colonel! A woman can be in charge! Those were new ideas then. -Erin Gray

There is no question that managed care is managed cost, and the idea is that you can save a lot of money and make health care costs less if you ration it. -Charlie Norwood

I love the idea of a woman being able to discover the idea of power this way, on such a scale. And I don't know about that, what it means – well, I guess I'd better, or my part's in trouble. -Mary McDonnell

If there are going to be people out there making war on other people, don't you think it's a good idea for some of those people to at least follow a code of ethics? Not 'honor' but something you can pin down and be sure of, something with the same rules for everybody. -Mercedes Lackey

I was trying to figure out what to do next, I'd been accumulating ideas for productivity tools – software people could use every day, particularly to help organize their lives. -Mitch Kapor

One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product. -Peter Gabriel

In the government schools, which are referred to as public schools, Indian policy has been instituted there, and its a policy where they do not encourage, in fact, discourage, critical thinking and the creation of ideas and public education. -Russell Means

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. -Swami Vivekananda

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. -Swami Vivekananda

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. -Swami Vivekananda

I always liked the story of Noah's Ark and the idea of starting anew by rescuing the things you like and leaving the rest behind. -Zach Braff

I didn't necessarily have a total idea when I was writing the movie of where everything was going. I just wanted to have really realistic dialogue and write like people I knew talked. I tried to keep it very real. -Zach Braff

Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals. -Karl Rove

I hadn't accepted he was seriously ill. The idea that someone so close to you couldn't wake up was utterly incomprehensible. Then the doctor came in… Maurice had no brain left. There wasn't any activity at all. -Robin Gibb

When a performance isn't working, it's usually because the actor is trying to do something and they're not able to express their idea very well. It's a muddled expression. -Casey Affleck

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about. -Dirk Benedict

I think about death a lot, like I think we all do. I don't think of suicide as an option, but as fun. It's an interesting idea that you can control how you go. It's this thing that's looming, and you can control it. -Ryan Gosling

I have a picture of an ideal consciousness. -Henry Flynt

The way you communicate an idea is different than the way you communicate a product. -Frank Luntz

I'm having a vacation, and it's so beautiful, and maybe I'll never get another film idea in my life. -Lars von Trier

Students need to learn how to think critically, how to argue opposing ideas. It is important for them to learn how to think. You can always cook. -Charlie Trotter

The whole idea that what is not normal should be kept secret – that's really distasteful to me. -Dan Farmer

I believe people who are looking for a fresh idea and spirit have received Danielson. The conservative Christian press have been quite mean to us, but the mainstream 'secular' press has been very, very nice. -Daniel Smith

There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move. -Daniel Smith

The whole idea of doing the Hollywood thing never even occurred to me. When you grow up on the East coast, Hollywood seems like this fantasy land and you don't think that people can actually make a living there. -David Steinberg

I find the idea of vigilante justice very attractive. I like the idea that the murderer decides that this person has gone too far, and nothing will happen to him unless she does something to stop him. -Donna Leon

There is no better way of elevating the novel than by making it into a construct which contains ideas. -Heinrich Mann

We go in there and we work on altering those ideas and in many cases go in different directions. -Les Paul

If I'd had more time or been a better writer, I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel. But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web. -Philip Greenspun

The Democratic Party had no idea how to use the Internet. They treated it like free money and then kept on doing all the rest of the things they normally do. -Wes Boyd

The hardest thing is the idea. Ideas come from somewhere but as far as we know they come from nowhere. -Ian Hunter

Good acting is about being as natural and calm as possible. These days producers have such definite ideas that you have to be prepared to do whatever they ask. -Bryn Terfel

I appreciate the idea that anybody would think of me as a star. But I'm really not career oriented in the sense that I want to be a star. It's not in me. It's not what I do. In fact, I'm amazed that I've even gotten this far. -Lance Henriksen

An America that inspires hope in its ideals must complement an America that inspires awe in its strength. -Adam Schiff

I get very driven by certain themes and ideas. -Alex Winter

I just like to have the ideas. Other people can help see them through. -Amy Sedaris

You know, I am just a musician and I have no idea these days what good and bad is in terms of labels. -Billy Sherwood

An idea can be as flawless as can be, but its execution will always be full of mistakes. -Brent Scowcroft

The production team's first meeting took place at my house. I had ideas and a color scheme in mind, how I wanted the movie to look, because that has to be a real collaboration. -Debbie Allen

Actually I like the idea of being a Renaissance hack. If tombstones were still in style, I would want to have the two words chiseled right under my name. -Dennis Flanagan

It is quite possible we may have formed entirely erroneous ideas of what we actually see. The greenish gray patches may not be seas at all, nor the ruddy continents, solid land. Neither may the obscuring patches be clouds of vapor. -Edward E. Barnard

My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided. -Edward Tufte

The idea of trying to create things that last – forever knowledge – has guided my work for a long time now. -Edward Tufte

Some of us have great original ideas and some of us depend on adaptations. -Frank Darabont

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong. -Richard King

Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off. -Richard King

But the whole idea of the transformation… mystery, transformation, and manipulations – those were the things that Marcel was a magician at. That's his magic. -Robert Barnes

We all know that change is inevitable. It provides us with a challenge and an opportunity to grow and improve and to attract new members with new ideas. -Ron D. Burton

I said during the course of the campaign I didn't like it and I don't like the idea of having an opponent's picture on your ads and it would be nice to see candidates sign a pledge like that. -Scott McCallum

I also do not like the idea of soft money, these issue ads – people don't know where the money is coming from, millions and millions of dollars outside of the control of a candidate – there's no accountability. -Scott McCallum

Your idea of that dish has evolved, and if you're a cook, you can start thinking in different ways about it, maybe even a different way than I think about it. -Thomas Keller

It is an essential tenet of our whole representative form of government, the idea that there should not be some tyranny which makes it so nobody can even have a chance to vote. -Todd Akin

I think that the Internet – and I do love the free flow of ideas on the 'Net – is like the wild west of the information world. -Vince McMahon

As a teenager I had no idea that I had the potential to win an Olympic gold medal and my athletic career developed only by lucky circumstances. -Peter Snell

I think that the most beautiful thing lately hasn't been in hardware or software per se but collaboration – the idea behind Napster, which uses the distributed power of the Internet as its engine. -Steven Levy

If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people', you'd better live real close to a real good hospital. -Neal Barnard

Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely, so that's the way I decided to go. -Raymond E. Feist

On occasion I have drawn as a release from painting. The economy in using paper, pencil, charcoal and crayon can help towards a greater gamble and higher rewards. I also find that drawing can generate ideas more rapidly than painting. -William Scott

So the idea that there is nothing essential, in the sense that there are no human universals, is dogma. Ask most anyone who is going to be shot at dawn. -Catharine MacKinnon

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas. -G. H. Hardy

A good idea for lyrics and a melody to expand on. -Gordon Waller

From a very young age, militarism and trying to solve the world's problems through militarism is something that has always resonated with me as being a bad idea. -Justin Sane

I'm not talking ideas, or even presentation. It's like in politics: You have to sell something to become an electric player – like your skin or your heart. -Keith Jarrett

I think that a song, when it works, never mind a piece of long form music, even a song is something that speaks to itself but has a language all of its own, ideally. -Steve Hackett

Any man who takes a job with the idea that it is simply a springboard for something else is a chump. His attention will be more on the other things than on the job at hand and so he will fail. -Charles Edison

Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy – citizens devoted to the democratic ideals – do not constantly oppose them. -Charles Edison

I did quite a lot of the arranging, fitting different sections together, tempo changes, all sorts of things like that. I actually acted as a bridge between Robert and Ian. Not so much composing, rather presenting musical ideas at each rehearsal. -Michael Giles

There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral. -Ida Tarbell

The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell. -Fareed Zakaria

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. -Donatella Versace

As society diversifies, the number of people who read literature is decreasing. It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature. -Cao Yu

I still have not given up the idea of becoming a journalist, but at 17 I decided to follow my heart and stay in Los Angeles with my girlfriend as opposed to going to Johns Hopkins. -Mackenzie Astin

Far from creating a new formalism, what these can yield is something far transcending surface values since they not only embody form as beauty, but also form in which intuitions or ideas or conjectures have taken visible substance. -Max Bill

Thus, the more succinctly a train of thought was expounded, and the more comprehensive the unity of its basic idea, the closer it would approximate to the prerequisites of the mathematical way of thinking. -Max Bill

Right now, I have no idea what I will write or if I will write again. -Michael Ondaatje

It's a very good idea that we have a third term Labour government led by Tony Blair for a full term. -Peter Mandelson

What we have to do is reinvent the idea of Europe. -Peter Mandelson

The histories which we have of the great tragedy give no idea of the general wretchedness, the squalid misery, which entered into every individual life in the region given up to the war. Where the armies camped the destruction was absolute. -Rebecca Harding Davis

Our funding is based on our support of ideas like limited government, individual rights and a strong defense. -Richard Scaife

The idea is if you use those two shapes and try to colour the plane with them so the colours match, then the only way that you can do this is to produce a pattern which never repeats itself. -Roger Penrose

Well, gauge theory is very fundamental to our understanding of physical forces these days. But they are also dependent on a mathematical idea, which has been around for longer than gauge theory has. -Roger Penrose

I had no idea that he was going to write that, but I've always believed that insecurity was what would keep you always in your innocence, no matter what the business did. -Sally Kirkland

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea. -Sydney Pollack

We talked about Tootsie, the idea in Tootsie is that a man becomes a better man for having been a woman. -Sydney Pollack

I have no inflated ideas about success anyway. -Trevor Dunn

Another symptom of progress toward the Singularity: ideas themselves should spread ever faster, and even the most radical will quickly become commonplace. -Vernor Vinge

When I began writing science fiction in the middle '60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months. -Vernor Vinge

So the idea that you could put Kurds, Shiite Arabs, and Sunni Arabs in a nice, liberal, federal system in Iraq in a short amount of time, six months or a year, boggles the mind. -William Odom

Nothing is more confused than to be ordered into a war to die or to be maimed for life without the faintest idea of what's going on. -Hanoi Hannah

It wasn't a new idea. During the war against the French we had this kind of broadcast for the French soldiers. -Hanoi Hannah

Because the GIs were sent massively to South Vietnam, maybe it's a good idea to have a broadcast for them. -Hanoi Hannah

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people. -Irving Babbitt

A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice. -Irving Babbitt

You lie awake at 3 in the morning thinking of story ideas. You're online at 8 a.m. on a Sunday or midnight on a Wednesday. It's a job that you never push aside. -James Daly

I used to want to be a children's writer, because I would have all these great ideas when I was little, and I'd write them and draw them, and turn them into class. -Jena Malone

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3:30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now? -Jim Capaldi

Far From Home was also my idea from a magazine I'd seen. -Jim Capaldi

We developed simple test tools to optimize imaging parameters. No company was interested in our idea. -John Cameron

I don't like the idea that the government has so much of a say in things. -Johnny Kelly

Just as he who gives his life to serve a great idea is admirable, he who avails himself of a great idea to serve his personal hopes of glory and power is abominable, even if he too risks his life. -Jose Marti

Every human being has within him an ideal man, just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the Greek made of the god Apollo. -Jose Marti

Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them. -Jose Marti

I never could be a partisan leader – a man of one idea. -Joshua Chamberlain

But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be, whenever and wherever the hour strikes and calls to noble action. -Joshua Chamberlain

In the beginning, when I first found out I had a disease that was incurable, emotionally I had to get used to the idea of being sick before I could think about making any other major decisions in my life. -Karen Duffy

We manage to bounce ideas off one another. Every band fights, but at the end of the day, we're very positive about the way we fight. At least we come out with a result. -Keith Emerson

It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in the back of my imagination just waiting there. Once I lit it, it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas. -Kevin J. Anderson

I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program. -Kevin J. Anderson

Exchange ideas frequently. -James Cash Penney

A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition. -James Cash Penney

Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition. -Magic Johnson

I leave a lot open so I can fill it in later. If I don't have any ideas right away, I can fill it in later. -Jaime Hernandez

And I think the rolling polls put more pressure on them to sustain their beliefs and to improve their delivery of the policy and their delivery of the ideas so that they can garner support for whatever principle they're articulating. -Jim Bolger

The limit is not as narrow as it might be. I do not claim for this action, as it now goes on, an ideal degree of efficiency. What I do claim is that this type of competition already reveals its nature and its ultimate power to hold seeming monopolies in check. -John Bates Clark

To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two. -Sheri S. Tepper

It's just like music when you reckon it up. It's like listening to Pavement it's just The Fall in 1985, isn't it? They haven't got an original idea in their heads. -Mark E. Smith

I do believe very much in the idea of unexpected or 'convulsive' beauty – beauty in the service of liberty. -Jeff Vandermeer

Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality. I put several things and ideas together, and perhaps, when I have finished, it could show the future. -H. R. Giger

Well they have an input into policy but in the end governments are elected to put together policy but the good thing about the Wentworth Group is that you know you've got 11 pretty capable people with a lot of good ideas. -John Anderson

I hated the whole idea of being an actress. I used to throw up before every performance and cry afterward. -Judy Holliday

It was relatively easy to write 'The Cave of Lost Souls', though, because it came to me one night in a dream. I remember waking up and having this idea for a complete story – from start to finish – in my head, so I jotted it down, then later began writing the thing. -Paul Kane

I have no idea how to become successful in children's tv programming today other than to say that whereever you find that rare animal being pursued, insert yourself into its environment; get in the door in any position and work from within. -William Jackson

Well, you have absolutely no idea what a nightmare it was to be on a set, trying to figure out how I was going to find out what time it is, how I was going to get my meds, and at the same time not have it be obvious to someone. -Michael Jeter

The most important precedents deal with the whole idea of symbolic programming – the notion of setting up symbolic expressions that can represent anything one wants, and then having functions that operate on both their structure and content. -Stephen Wolfram

The fact that the same symbolic programming primitives work for those as work for math kinds of things, I think, really validates the idea of symbolic programming being something pretty general. -Stephen Wolfram

You kind of alluded to it in your introduction. I mean, for the last 300 or so years, the exact sciences have been dominated by what is really a good idea, which is the idea that one can describe the natural world using mathematical equations. -Stephen Wolfram

People who got on their feet and freaked about were called idiot dancers. and nobody wants to be called an idiot dancer. But the whole idea of rock and roll is to get people off their arses – that's what it's about. -Steve Marriott

I had no idea that I would ever get involved with something like lending money to poor people, given the circumstances in which I was working in Bangladesh. -Muhammad Yunus

The great problem of the concert hall is that the shoebox is the ideal shape for acoustics but that no architect worth their names wants to build a shoebox. -Rem Koolhaas

It will always be the same possibilities, in sum or on the average, that go on repeating themselves until a man comes along who does not value the actuality above idea. It is he who first gives the new possibilities their meaning, their direction, and he awakens them. -Robert Musil

Let's put it this way: if you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20. -Eric Carle

The hardest part is developing the idea, and that can take years. -Eric Carle

One day I think it's the greatest idea ever that I'm working on. The next day I think it's the worst that I've ever worked on – and I swing between that a lot. Some days I'm very happy with what I'm doing, and the next day I am desperate – it's not working out! -Eric Carle

Harvey never had an original idea or thought in his life. I was out wandering around the country doing charity benefits, mainly, when I asked him to come along. -Tim Conway

Gore will not win a popularity contest, he will not win a personality contest, but he can win an idealogical battle, and he can win a battle of experience. -Susan Estrich

Only a bad artist thinks he has a good idea. A good artist does not need anything. -Ad Reinhardt

Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that. -Ad Reinhardt

There was absolutely no intention of splitting up. We had so many great ideas to use on the new album. John Paul Jones was incredible, coming to the studio each day with new instruments to play. -John Bonham

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time, even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps to a majority of Americans. -Howard Fineman

As a kid I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling. Maybe I thought I would avoid the judgement of the establishment. -Peter Wright

I am, first of all, a Christian and, secondly, a person with very very serious personal opinion, so I'm motivated by many many things and, certainly, not by the need or desire to satisfy other people's ideas of who I am. -Ken Hensley

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