Ideas quotes and sayings

One reason people get divorced is that they run out of gift ideas.
Robert Byrne

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
Noam Chomsky

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

When I am…traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas.
Helmut Newton

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.
Jean Goss

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

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

I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.
Marcel Duchamp

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

There is no prosperity, trade, art, city, or great material wealth of any kind, but if you trace it home, you will find it rooted in a thought of some individual man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
Bertrand Russell

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

Old ideas give way slowly; for they are more than abstract logical forms and categories, they are habits, predispositions, deeply ingrained attitudes of diversion and preference.
John Dewey

Exchange ideas frequently.
James Cash Penney

There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.
David Hume

To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one’s own moral aesthetic preferences.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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 Bulwer-Lytton

The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
Victor Hugo

There are well-dressed foolish ideas, just as there are will-dressed fools.
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

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

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

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.
Edward de Bono

We are living in a dynamic age with multiple ideas and beliefs of correctness; this world is not deterministic and not still.
Li Ka Shing

When Christianity is received, it stimulates the faculties, and calls forth new ideas, new motives and new sentiments. It has been the mother of all modern education
James McCosh

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

Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.
Bernard M. Baruch

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny.
Carl Sagan

Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride by on air. You’ve only to reach out and snatch one…
Rod Mckeun

The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.
Henry Ford

Money never starts an idea. It is always the idea that starts the money.
Owen Laughlin

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

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

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

A single idea – the sudden flash of a thought – may be worth a million dollars.
Robert Collier

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

Ideas won’t keep: something must be done about them.
Alfred North Whitehead

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Alfred North Whitehead

We are governed not by armies, but by ideas.
Mona Caird

Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
Leon Trotsky

You have to hatch ideas — and then hitch them.
Ray D. Everson

Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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

The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing.
Milton Avery

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

In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action. Their acquisition obligates each man in some way to change his life, even if it is only his inner life. They demand to be stood for. They dictate where a man must concentrate his vision. They determine his moral and intellectual priorities. They provide him with allies and make him enemies. In short, ideas impose an interest in their ultimate fate which goes far beyond the realm of the merely reasonable.
Midge Decter

We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.
Michael Crichton

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

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
Neil Gaiman

Ideas control the world.
James A. Garfield

An idea gets us interested, but a dream gets us excited.
David DeNotaris

An idea is worth nothing if it has no champion.

A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on
William McFee

It first appeared like a crazy idea. It turned out he had a great idea.
J. Richard Munro

Don’t you have much more faith in ideas that you discover for yourself than in ideas that are handed to you on a silver platter?
Dale Carnegie

Start out with an ideal and end up with a deal.
Karl Albrecht

Ideas that escape are fast and slippery and not likely to be hunted down.
Carrie Latet

To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.
W. Clement Stone

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

Many ideas are good for a limited time — not forever.
Robert Townsend

The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
Wyndham Lewis

The good ideas will survive.
Quentin Tarantino

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
Fran Lebowitz

Great people talk about ideas. Small people talk about other people.
Tobias S. Gibson

Never hesitate to steal a good idea.
Al Neuharth

Ideas move fast when their time comes.
Carolyn Heilbrun

Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
Bell hooks

Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.

The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you’re dead.
David Lynch

Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas.
Bill Hicks

We have some great ideas, but most of ‘em come too late to do us any good.
Will Rogers

Our ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences, and we spend our lives trying to pass them on one another.
Samuel Butler

The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
Martin Luther King

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

The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
Raymond Chandler

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

Only the ideas that we really live have any value.
Hermann Hesse

If you write, one of the questions you’re always trying to answer is, Where do you get your ideas? And, if you write, you know how pointless a question this is and how difficult it is to answer.
Lynn Abbey

Those who are fired with an enthusiastic idea and who allow it to take hold and dominate their thoughts find that new worlds open for them. As long as enthusiasm holds out, so will new opportunities.
Norman Vincent Peale

Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
Arthur Conan Doyle

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

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
Bill Watterson