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Ideas Quotes
A crank is someone with a new idea -- until it catches on.

Mark Twain

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

John Berry

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

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.


A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.

Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Address Greenville N.C., February 8, 1963

A mediocre idea that guarantees enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.

Mary Kay Ash

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.

William James

A new idea is like a child. It's easier to conceive than to deliver.

Ted Koysis

A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.

Marcel Proust

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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

Jacques Maritain

A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.

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

Napoleon Hill

All ideologies end up killing people. If you separate love from nonviolence you turn nonviolence into an ideology, a gimmick. Structures that are not inhabited by justice and love have no liberating or reconciling force, and are never sources of life.


An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.

James A. Michener

An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.

Robert Frost

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

Pablo Picasso, Quoted in: Jaime Sabart

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.


An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it.

Richard Bach

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

Don Marquis

An idea is salvation by imagination.

Frank Lloyd Wright

An idea is the only level which moves the world.

Arthur F. Corey

An idea is worth nothing if it has no champion.

Source Unknown

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

Don Marquis

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

Napoleon Hill

Apart from the representational content of an idea there is another component: its force and vivacity, its impetus.

David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.

Richard Saunders

But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind -- Act!

Orison Swett Marden

Catastrophes come when some dominant institution, swollen like a soap-bubble and still standing without foundations, suddenly crumbles at the touch of what may seem a word or an idea, but is really some stronger material force.

George Santayana, Persons and Places: The Middle Span, 1945

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

Johann von Goethe

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.


Don't express your ideas too clearly. Most people think little of what they understand, and venerate what they do not.

Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom 1647

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

Howard Aiken

Eureka! I've got it.


Every new idea is an impossibility until it is born.

Ron Brown

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, The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table, 1853

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) It's completely impossible. (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing. (3) I said it was a good idea all along.

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Everything begins with an idea.

Earl Nightingale

Everything worthwhile is a good idea, but did you ever notice there is more bad ideas that will work than there is good ones?

Will Rogers

False ideals cannot be shattered by criticism. Right ideals must take up the battle against them.

Franz Werfel

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.


fr.: On resiste a l'invasion des armees; on ne resiste pas a l'invasion des idees

Victor Hugo, Histoire d'un Crime (written 1851-2, published 1877) pt. 5, sect 10

Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!

Les Brown

Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something.

E. L. Simpson

Go out and buy yourself a five-cent pencil and a ten-cent notebook and begin to write down some million-dollar ideas for yourself.

Bob Grinde

Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.

Hyman Rickover

Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free.

Doug Horton

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.

C. O. Jackson

Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.


Great ideas originate in the muscles.

Thomas Alva Edison

Great people talk about ideas. Small people talk about other people.

Tobias S. Gibson

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

Victor Hugo

Hamming's Motto: The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.


Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance, each carrying away some crumb of that belief in a few simple notions you must cling to if you want to live decently and would like to die easy!

Joseph Conrad, Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 5, 1900

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