Ideas quotes and sayings

Ideas are, in truth, force.
Henry James

My ideas are my whores.
Denis Diderot

Never ask who’s right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions.
Peter Drucker

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

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
Coco Chanel

Words are but the signs of ideas.
Samuel Johnson

Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.
Steve Jobs

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

By not caring too much about what people think, I’m able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.
Albert Ellis

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

No ideas and the ability to express them – that’s a journalist.
Karl Kraus

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

A major stimulant to creative thinking is focused questions. There is something about a well-worded question that often penetrates to the heart of the matter and triggers new ideas and insights.
Brian Tracy

If you close your eyes it is amazing what you and your brain on their own can come up with to amuse yourself and new ideas.
Edward Gorey

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset

You are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions that can dramatically increase your income, power, influence and success. The problem is, you just don’t see them.
Jay Abraham

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

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.
Salman Rushdie

It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.
Wendell Phillips

Ideas too are a life and a world.
Georg C. Lichtenberg

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

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion and the act Falls the Shadow.
T S Eliot

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

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

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

In the world of ideas everything was clear; in life all was obscure, embroiled.
Aldous Huxley

An idea must not be condemned for being a little shy and incoherent; all new ideas are shy when introduced first among our old ones. We should have patience and see whether the incoherency is likely to wear off or to wear on, in which latter case the sooner we get rid of them the better.
Samuel Butler

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
Honore de Balzac

Finally there are simple ideas of which no definition can be given; there are also axioms or postulates, or in a word primary principles, which cannot be proved and have no need of proof.
Gottfried Leibniz

If all we needed were ideas and positive thinking, then we all would have had ponies when we were kids and we would all be living our “dream life” now.
Tony Robbins

It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.
Roger Von Oech

Even when I’m not directing, that doesn’t stop Owen from having ideas for what I should be doing.
Ben Stiller

That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow.
George Berkeley

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

When patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge.
Tuli Kupferberg

You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
Francis Ford Coppola

They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
Albert Einstein

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

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

Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.
H G Wells

A household where a total unawareness of the world of ideas not only existed but was regarded as a matter for congratulation.
Osbert Lancaster

In terms of introducing his new ideas, new agenda – same direction but new policies perhaps in pursuit of that, certainly new people – a fresh start bringing in younger people in many cases.
John Reid

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

Intuition and concepts constitute … the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
Immanuel Kant

All ideas come from sensation or reflection.–Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper, void of all characters, without any ideas; how comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store, which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from Experience; in that all our knowledge is founded, and from that it ultimately derives itself. Our observation, employed either about external sensible objects, or about the internal operations of our minds, perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that which supplies our understandings with all the materials of thinking. These two are the fountains of knowledge, from whence all the ideas we have, or can naturally have, do spring.
John Locke

It is once your ideas have been transformed into enough money, and if all failed, you would still live your lifestyle, and you understand that just because you have made more money than most, you are not better than the common person. We are all going to die broke.
Tim Blixseth

I can get away with saying a lot of ideas that are young and naive. I’m liberated.
Neil Young

The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.
Thomas Sowell

People don’t like the idea of thinking long term. Many are desperately seeking short term answers because they have money problems to be solved today.
Robert Kiyosaki

When we consider a project, we really study it — not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right.
Walt Disney

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

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
John Maynard Keynes

There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.
Evelyn Waugh

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.
Alexis de Tocqueville

A liberal-arts education is supposed to provide you with a value system, a standard, a set of ideas, not a job.
Caroline Bird

Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Raymond Chandler

This kind of overall way of thinking is not only a fertile source of new theoretical ideas: it is needed for the human mind to function in a generally harmonious way, which could in turn help to make possible an orderly and stable society.
David Bohm

I have always lived my life by thriving on opportunity and adventure. Some of the best ideas come out of the blue, and you have to keep an open mind to see their virtue.
Richard Branson

Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be moulded 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 H White

For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.
Gerald R. Ford