Quotes and Sayings about Idea



"Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one, then their futures are ensured."
- Lynn Abbey
(Related: Ideas, Writers)

"When I have an idea, it goes from vague, cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat."
- Lynn Abbey
(Related: Idea, Words)

"I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas which I've never been able to sell. I'm known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre."
- Lynn Abbey
(Related: Ideas, Editors, Fantasy, Risk, Want, Writer)

"Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down."
- Lynn Abbey
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Question, Questions, Trying)

"I think a duet with Janet is a great idea."
- Paula Abdul
(Related: Idea)

"Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Related: History, People, Idea)

"Land began to be seen as something to be owned privately and exploited for private interests, and never was entirely reconciled with the old ideas that land should be utilized in common for the good of all."
- Neil Abercrombie
(Related: Ideas, Land, Old)

"The idea that you can make love and not war really is pretty neat. That thing in Korea, the thing in Israel - that's all over the world. There must be a new way of thinking."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Love, War, Idea, Israel, Pretty, Thinking, World)

"I had no idea I could make it this far. And the fact that they told me I made it this far and that America is going to vote for me, I freaked out."
- Casey Abrams
(Related: Idea, America, Fact, Vote)

"I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I said I had no idea about."
- Elliott Abrams
(Related: Idea)

"I mean the idea of this is that it's a good thing for the public to hear interviews like this and that there will be an inevitable amount of fewer interviews if people that the press talks to wind up thinking, well, it's not really a CBS correspondent."
- Floyd Abrams
(Related: People, Idea, Press, Public, Thinking, Will, Wind)

"When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas."
- M. H. Abrams
(Related: History, Ideas, Leading, Spirits)

"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
(Related: Idea, Diversity)

"But I still don't have a clear idea of what my voice is."
- Kathy Acker
(Related: Idea, Voice)

"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."
- Ansel Adams
(Related: Art, Ideas, Communication, Photography)

"Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Absence, Liberty, Responsibility, Restraint)

"The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal."
- Richard Adams
(Related: Men, Ideas, Thoughts, Destruction)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Soul, Idea, Curiosity, Pleasure)

"It is one of the most effective attitudes of the neurotic to measure thumbs down, so to speak, a real person by an ideal, since in doing so he can depreciate him as much as he wishes."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Measure, Wishes)

"The ethical manifold, conceived of as unified, furnishes, or rather is, the ideal of the whole."
- Felix Adler
"The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Idea, Facts)

"Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Men, Ideas, Ants, Pursuit)

"The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors."
- Stella Adler
(Related: Ideas, Actors)

"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
(Related: Idea, Performance, Actor, Expression, Trying)

"In my ideal world, no child would suffer. Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: People, Acceptance, World)

"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
(Related: People, Ideas, Worry)

"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
(Related: Government, Idea, Chance, Tyranny, Vote)

"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
(Related: Change, Idea, Being, Care, Celebrity, Fame, Job, Living)

"The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?"
- Damon Albarn
(Related: Change, Ideas, Celebrity, Culture, Fact, Metaphor)

"Our ideals are our better selves."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Ideals)

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

"But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection as if they were another class of objects of contemplation beside ideas of sensation."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Ideas, Class, Contemplation, Reflection)

"You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Appetite, Desire, Personality, Self)

"I was only 11 when we filmed the pilot. The idea of a rapper being a star on a sitcom just wasn't heard of."
- Tatyana Ali
(Related: Idea, Being)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Collaboration, First, Meeting, Mind, Production)

"The idea of reasoning with terrorists without force or with appeasement is naive, and I think it's dangerous."
- George Allen
(Related: Idea, Force)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Vision, Day, Promise, Prophecy)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Vision, Day, Promise, Prophecy)

"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
(Related: Life, Heart, Vision, Mind, Will)

"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
(Related: Thoughts, Vision, Desire, Environment, May, Present, Results, Will)

"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
(Related: Idea, Fear, Hospitals)

"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
(Related: Idea, Cooking, Curiosity, Guest, Understanding, World)

"I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle!"
- Woody Allen
(Related: Idea)

"Right now it's only a notion, but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept, and later turn it into an idea."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Money, Idea, Now, Right)

"Look for someone who has a complete life without you in it. If you have a person you don't need for anything, that's ideal. You're just together because you really want to be."
- Kirstie Alley
(Related: Life, Want)

"I have no idea what I'm doin'. I've never seen me."
- Mose Allison
(Related: Idea)

"I've heard some tunes in recent years that were pretty close to that same idea. The idea was you turn on the radio and you want to hear some music and up comes a commercial."
- Mose Allison
(Related: Music, Idea, Pretty, Want, Years)

"I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things that I think might turn into songs."
- Mose Allison
(Related: Ideas, Songs)

"The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me."
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Related: Idea)

"Even though I love my mother, I didn't want to make an idealized portrait of her. I'm fascinated more by her defects - they are funnier than her other qualities."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Love, Mother, Want)

"Knowing what I knew about Russia, as much as I loved the music and was fascinated by the songs and the whole idea of it, I knew it would be a very lengthy and frustrating process."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Music, Idea, Russia, Songs)

"Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Men, Idea, Ideas, Needs, Will)

"Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Equality, Life, Religion, Constitution, Liberty, Today)

"The idea is that we're doing it just for the joy of the actual physical experience. We may record something just for the fun of it, but the idea is just to be truly joyful and truly fun, especially for me, because I take myself too seriously all the time."
- Lauren Ambrose
(Related: Time, Experience, Idea, Fun, Joy, May)

"Perhaps my information hurt the Soviet Union more than it helped. I have no idea. It was not something I ever discussed with the KGB officers that I was dealing with."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: Idea, Hurt, Information)

"I came into the Agency with a set of ideas and attitudes that were quite typical of people coming into the Agency at that time. You could call it liberal anti-communism."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: Time, People, Ideas, Liberal)

"An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else."
- William Ames
(Related: God, Idea, First, Man)

"There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea."
- Barbara Amiel
(Related: Time, Idea, Progress, Confusion, Nothing)

"I have got up at truly deplorable hours in the morning to confront Vancouver's Jack Webster on television because I have been told that is the place to get exposure for ideas."
- Barbara Amiel
(Related: Ideas, Television)

"The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty."
- David Amram
(Related: Peace, Society, People, Idea, Culture, Trying)

"Up until now, I had ideas that I wanted to try but didn't have the opportunity to do them."
- Namie Amuro
(Related: Opportunity, Ideas, Now)

"If I don't think about anything, and start with a clean slate, in terms of what I have to do, a lot of different ideas come up, and I can think about things more openly."
- Namie Amuro
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: People, Policy, Ideas, End, Pretty)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Ideas, Waiting)

"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
(Related: Travel, Idea, Successful, Innovation, Space)

"A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: Life, Idea, Electricity, English, Word, Words)

"I have always fought for ideas - until I learned that it isn't ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten."
- Margaret Anderson
(Related: Ideas, Vision, Grief, Struggle)

"When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether."
- Marian Anderson
(Related: Dreams, Ideals)

"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
(Related: Work, Buying, Relaxation, Shops, Therapy)

"My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work."
- Sparky Anderson
(Related: Work, Idea, Giving)

"It's slightly complicated for people to grasp the idea of a head of state in human form."
- Prince Andrew
(Related: People, Idea, State)

"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
(Related: Travel, Idea, Bigotry, Friends, May, Worry)

"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: People, Heart, Idea)

"All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Men, Ideals)

"I had an idea of what I thought was funny. It's kind of based on how I am."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: Funny, Thought, Idea)

"When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Creation, Paris)

"There is a broad cultural current that conveys the idea that a film is like a football team, it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature, filmed radio. These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Idea, Film, Football, Literature, Nation, Today)

"All evil comes from the old.They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Men, Ideas, Evil, Old)

"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
(Related: Money, People, Church, Children, Ideals, Public, Schools)

"My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it."
- David Antin
(Related: Idea, Entertainment, Rejection)

"I had no idea where these kids at a small private college in the San Fernando Valley were coming from, why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know."
- David Antin
(Related: Idea, College, Kids)

"Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real."
- David Antin
(Related: Idea, Disney, Fortune)

"Anyway, that was the germ of the idea and of course... you know this was early days of sociology and whatever, especially on television."
- Michael Apted
(Related: Idea, Television)

"The function of genius is to furnish cretins with ideas twenty years later."
- Louis Aragon
(Related: Genius, Ideas, Years)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Men, Work, Fear, Ideas, Control, Error, Reason, Senses)

"We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later."
- Louis Aragon
(Related: Nature, Genius, Ideas, Idiots, Years)

"I keep very weird hours. I never know when I'm going to get an idea."
- Sergio Aragones
(Related: Idea)

"Venom was a band that strongly influenced the image and the idea behind Slayer."
- Tom Araya
(Related: Idea)

"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."
- Aristotle
(Related: Life, Accidents, Circumstances, Dignity, Grace, Man)

"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world."
- Aristotle
(Related: Ideas, Appearance, World)

"The idea of it becomes a little freaky if you're dealing with someone who has trouble differentiating between fantasy and reality, but that's a concern no matter what kind of movie you're dealing with."
- Adam Arkin
(Related: Idea, Concern, Fantasy, Reality, Trouble)

"Never in my wildest dreams did I entertain the idea that I would become a fashion designer."
- Giorgio Armani
(Related: Dreams, Idea, Fashion)

"There's always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If 'Pi' didn't work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don't think I would have gotten another shot at it. If 'Requiem for a Dream' didn't work out, they would have called me a 'one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump'."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Work, Idea, Dream, Career, Pressure, Tension, Wonder)

"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
(Related: Life, Genius, People, Idea, Solution)

"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Idea, Enthusiasm, Will)

"It doesn't help to wait until something happens and then prosecute the offenders, especially if it's the idea of the offender to extinguish himself in the commission of the crime."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Idea, Crime, Help)

"The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Attitude)

"My own idea is that these things are as piffle before the wind."
- Daisy Ashford
(Related: Idea, Wind)

"Cartoons have always been an enjoyment to me... a relaxation... I get my ideas from everyday events."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Ideas, Cartoons, Enjoyment, Events, Relaxation)

"We don't want to push our ideas on to customers, we simply want to make what they want."
- Laura Ashley
(Related: Ideas, Want)

"I never could have planned this, and now I'm in my ideal situation career-wise and just sort of where I am in my life, and I'm super happy with how everything's going."
- Shawn Ashmore
(Related: Life, Career, Now)

"You see these shuffling rows of shiny faces, waiting for their turn, so they're very dedicated to the program and desperate to know what it is they've got - so often, they have no idea."
- Michael Aspel
(Related: Idea, Faces, Waiting)

"I don't champion the idea of being in a Hollywood movie. I never had fun in one of them."
- Armand Assante
(Related: Idea, Being, Fun, Hollywood)

"My work is to reach people with ideas, hopes, dreams, encouragement, insight, and revelation. That's what an actor wants to do."
- John Astin
(Related: Work, Dreams, People, Ideas, Actor, Encouragement)

"United Artists wanted to do records with me. I had no idea, what a rare thing that was... to make an album. And they put a guy with me working on songs, and I got busy with films. I just kind of let it slide. Isn't that amazing?"
- John Astin
(Related: Idea, Artists, Songs, United)

"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
(Related: Heart, Idea, Girlfriend)

"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
(Related: Idea, Appetite, Weight)

"Pier Angeli was in the movie called Sea of Sand that Guy Green directed where this idea came up."
- Richard Attenborough
(Related: Idea, Sea)

"Growing up, my ideals were Barbra Streisand, Cher, and my mom."
- Kevyn Aucoin
(Related: Mom, Growing up, Ideals)

"All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Art, Work, Idea, Act, Artist, Sense, Will)

"From the beginning, when I first got an idea for a story and wondered if I could write it, it has always been the story that has driven me."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Idea, Beginning, First)

"The idea led me into the research, which continues to give me more ideas for the story."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Research)

"From the beginning, the series has been story driven - I began with a story idea - but research feeds it."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Idea, Beginning, Research)

"I had an idea for a story about a young woman who was living with people who were different, not just superficially different - such as hair colour, or eye colour, or skin colour - but different in some significant way."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: People, Idea, Eye, Hair, Living, Skin, Woman)

"I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Science, Ideas, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Public)

"Ideally, one should have more material than one can possibly cope with."
- Frank Auerbach
"It was actually Peter's idea that I should make the film. He called me in the very beginning, and I hadn't even read the book. So I read it and I liked it very much and I knew I'd certainly like to do it."
- Bille August
(Related: Idea, Beginning, Film)

"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
(Related: Idea, Ambition, Man)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Difference, Man)

"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."
- Jane Austen
(Related: People, Idea, Company, Conversation)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Colors, Emotion, Excitement, Relationships)

"The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing."
- Milton Avery
(Related: Idea, Nothing)

"This marketplace where people can buy insurance who don't have it today - a competitive marketplace: That's an idea that both sides embrace."
- David Axelrod
(Related: People, Idea, Today)

"I see my job simply as helping disseminate the message of Barack Obama, working with the communications team to make sure that we're true to the ideals and the values and the programs that he wants to advance in this country. And that's the extent of my involvement."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Values, Country, Ideals, Job)

"But obviously, we're looking for all good ideas to help deal with our long-term debt problem. This is something that is going to affect our economy. It affects our kids. And we need to deal with it."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Ideas, Debt, Economy, Help, Kids)

"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
(Related: Values, Ideals, Illusion, World)

"With each new book, the march of our national history takes a step forward. When one is present at a book launch, one is bearing witness to the birth of a new body of ideas, to the coming into being of another testimony of history."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: History, Ideas, Being, Body, March, Present)

"There is also work to do in the evolution of a stable family life and values, and in ensuring that the Nigerian family is built on core values that will form the bedrock of the future society. We must showcase the ideals of family life and be models of family values."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Family, Life, Work, Society, Values, Evolution, Future, Ideals, Will)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Answers, Confusion, Machine, Question, Right, Will, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Faith, Leadership, People, Light, Question)

"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
(Related: Feelings, Democracy, Practice)

"In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Idea, Christmas, states, United)

"Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls."
- Gaston Bachelard
(Related: Ideas, Commerce, Effect)

"The idea is that they wouldn't want to deal with militant Islam but an Islam and Muslims who are committed to progress, committed to development, who like peace and are moderate in their ways. So that's what we are doing here."
- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Related: Peace, Idea, Development, Progress, Islam, Want)

"One thing I was thinking about the other day was you can't even conceive of the kinds of things you can do in movies today. The idea that you could draw, in a computer, dinosaurs and have them running around was totally impossible."
- John Badham
(Related: Movies, Idea, Computer, Day, Running, Thinking, Today)

"A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Family, Life, Idea, Pride)

"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Nature, Idea, Human nature, Pain)

"I've always liked the effect of having somebody in there who hadn't the faintest idea what was going on."
- Derek Bailey
(Related: Idea, Effect)

"Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible."
- Pearl Bailey
(Related: Ideas, Rest)

"To read the report of a discussion in which arguments for and against are presented, in which a subject has been covered from different points of view, with new ideas advanced - this is far more instructive than to read a brief account of the resolution passed on the matter."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Ideas, Arguments, Resolution)

"There are those who believe we have need of more literature, of a large international publishing house, of a great peace newspaper, or the like. I am rather skeptical about this idea."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Peace, Idea, Literature, Publishing)

"Indeed, whenever a new idea is developed, as for example ballooning, warfare immediately takes possession."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Idea, Example, Possession)

"It is not short of amazing, the power of a great idea to weld men together. There was in it a peculiar, intense, vital spirit if you will, that I have never felt before in any strike."
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Related: Men, Power, Idea, Spirit, Will)

"What's most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. I'm a great believer of energy and emotion."
- Ralph Bakshi
(Related: Ideas, Animation, Being, Emotion, Emotions, Energy)

"Ideally, people find mates with whom they can express both their masculine and feminine sides."
- Scott Bakula
(Related: People)

"Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Politics, Thought, Idealism, Will)

"To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Idea, Hope, Day, Despair, Passion)

"My dad was born in Chicago in 1908... his parents came from Russia. They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little tiny grocery store with eight or nine children - in the backroom all together - and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Business, Dad, Idea, Chicago, Children, Parents, Russia)

"I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see - you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Movies, Idea, Theater)

"A third ideal that has made its way in the modern world is reliance on reason, especially reason disciplined and enriched by modern science. An eternal basis of human intercommunication is reason."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Science, Reason, World)

"I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: Idea, President, states, United)

"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
(Related: Heart, Brotherhood, Mind)

"Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Success, Ideas, Failure, Balance, Compromise, Consciousness, Feeling, Rivalry)

"Plato stands for the union of truth and goodness in the supreme idea of God."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: God, Truth, Idea, Goodness)

"I cannot consistently, with self respect, do other than I have, namely, to deliberately violate an act which seems to me to be a denial of everything which ideally and in practice I hold sacred."
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Related: Act, Denial, Practice, Respect, Self, Self respect)

"I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty and Christian teaching."
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Related: Life, Christian, Contradiction, Freedom, Ideals, Liberty, Teaching)

"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
(Related: God, Country, Ideals, Now)

"I never want to turn something down because I'm afraid to do it, because of some idea of image or whatever. That was never anything I set out to do. In fact, the opposite, I always want to confuse people in terms of any kind of image and be unpredictable in any kind of movie I make."
- Christian Bale
(Related: People, Idea, Fact, Want)

"I mean, first of all, let me say whichever superhero first came up with the idea of wearing a cape, he wasn't really onto anything good. The number of times I'm treading on that damn thing or I throw a punch and it ends up covering my whole head. It's really not practical."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Idea, First)

"I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It's wonderful, isn't it?"
- Christian Bale
(Related: Movies, Idea, Character, Actor, Magic)

"The horrors of the Second World War, the chilling winds of the Cold War and the crushing weight of the Iron Curtain are little more than fading memories. Ideals that once commanded great loyalty are now taken for granted."
- Jan Peter Balkenende
(Related: War, Ideals, Iron curtain, Loyalty, Memories, Now, Weight, World, World war)

"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
(Related: Society, Ideas, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Religious, Traditions)

"Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: People, Ideas, Financial, Performance, Innovation, Listening, Results, Years)

"Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Men, Nature, Ideas, Cure, Human nature, Will)

"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
(Related: Idea, Audiences, Career, Fans)

"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
(Related: Idea, Famous)

"I loved planning 'The Tyra Show' more than actually having to do it. I loved coming up with show ideas, honing each program and crafting it. I'm more excited being in a meeting than being on TV."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Ideas, Being, Meeting, Planning)

"But, gentlemen, can any of us say that as a result of such overwhelming sacrifices of money, of men, of ideals, and of civil dignity the sense of security has indeed been attained?"
- Henry Campbell Bannerman
(Related: Men, Money, Dignity, Gentlemen, Ideals, Result, Security, Sense)

"Even such an obvious idea as to observe an animal with vertigo or to rotate an animal did not occur to him, in spite of the fact that he conducted numerous vertigo experiments with human subjects and made frequent use of animal experiments."
- Robert Barany
(Related: Idea, Fact, Obvious, Vertigo)

"I cannot say who, precisely, came up with the idea of a Stone Age family."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Age, Family, Idea)

"I don't know anyone who enjoys going to the hospital. To help remedy this, I got an idea to create what a Laugh Room in the pediatric ward of hospitals."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Idea, Help, Hospitals)

"I first pitched the idea of doing a series of cartoons based on Bible stories. They didn't much like it."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Idea, Bible, Cartoons, First)

"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
(Related: Change, Time, Ideas, Nothing)

"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
(Related: Conflict, Europe, Humanism, Ideals, Intellectuals, Now)

"Many people have the idea that game shows are easy to come up with. And nothing could be further from the truth."
- Bob Barker
(Related: Truth, People, Idea, Nothing)

"If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Ideas, Will)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Clouds, Land, May)

"If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital."
- Neal Barnard
(Related: Food, People, Idea)

"A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same."
- Djuna Barnes
(Related: Idea, Identity, Man, Sense, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Idea, Magic, Mystery)

"I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery."
- Luis Barragan
(Related: Magic, Mystery, Serenity, Space)

"The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Idea)

"I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have."
- John Barton
(Related: Ideas, Word)

"Who is the ideal reader? God only knows."
- John Barton
(Related: God)

"The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Idea, Ability)

"Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole."
- Jacques Barzun
(Related: Feelings, Idea, Deep, Idealism, Nothing)

"I always work out of uncertainty but when a painting's finished it becomes a fixed idea, apparently a final statement. In time though, uncertainty returns... your thought process goes on."
- Georg Baselitz
(Related: Time, Work, Thought, Idea, Painting, Uncertainty)

"We have shown that Islam can rule the world perfectly for 14 centuries, and during this time of Muslim power we did not borrow ideas like democracy from others, so why do we need to learn democracy from them now?"
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: Power, Time, Ideas, Islam, Muslim, Democracy, Now, World)

"But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam."
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: People, Ideas, Islam, Countries, Democracy, Liberalism, Trying)

"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
(Related: Mistake, Enemies, Man, Woman)

"No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her won way is without enemies."
- Daisy Bates
(Related: Enemies, Man, Woman)

"There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end up with a fat, greedy baby hanging from the breast."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Love, Dream, Baby, End, May)

"The greater the conceptual significance of a literary product, the more it should be assumed that it is based on an idea that determines the whole, and that the deeper consciousness of the time to which it belongs is reflected in it."
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Related: Time, Idea, Consciousness, Literary)

"It must inquire not merely about the circumstances of the time in general, but in particular about the writer's position with regard to these things, the interests and motives, the leading ideas of his literary activity."
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Related: Time, Ideas, Circumstances, Leading, Literary, Motives, Writer)

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."
- Miriam Beard
(Related: Change, Travel, Ideas, Deep, Living)

"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
(Related: Fear, Being, Feeling, Homosexuality, Man, Obligation, Restraint, Woman)

"Sea Change was so specific. From the beginning it was set what it was going to be. All the other ideas that I had at the time I had to put to the side."
- Beck
(Related: Change, Time, Ideas, Beginning, Sea)

"The repercussions of what you put out and what people gravitate to in your music never registered at all. I never had that thing that maybe other bands have - a specific idea of what they are and what their sound is."
- Beck
(Related: Music, People, Idea, Sound)

"The world has become so complex that the idea of a power in which everything comes together and can be controlled in a centralized way is now erroneous."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Power, Idea, Now, World)

"The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Idea, Cooperation, Identity, Problems, Surrender)

"The World Cup tournament overall and, naturally, the new stadiums at its heart, are the ideal platform to portray Germany as a positive and exceptional location, and above all of course, as a highly capable economic location."
- Franz Beckenbauer
(Related: Heart, Positive, Germany, World)

"What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality."
- Max Beckmann
(Related: Work, Idea, Reality, Want)

"The average Englishman has no idea of the dynamism in the music scene here."
- Kabir Bedi
(Related: Music, Idea)

"The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Success, Ideas, Ability)

"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
(Related: God, Idea, American, Liberty, Man)

"Suffering is part of the divine idea."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Idea, Suffering)

"When I don't have any ideas, I pick up fabric and start working with it and something happens."
- Geoffrey Beene
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: Knowledge, Inspiration, Ideas, Will, Worry)

"Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Related: Idea, Belgium, Countries, Europe, France, Italy)

"I have no idea how I'm perceived in America because I don't live the reality of America."
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Idea, America, Reality)

"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
(Related: Children, Dogs, Harm)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Money, Idea, Books)

"We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that's something I've experienced, but we're all just doing the best we can and we're all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Kids, Needs, Talk, Trying, Want)

"The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Art, Ideas, Criticism, Fashion)

"The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Beauty, Happiness, Idea)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Life, Idea, Challenge, Effort, Satisfaction)

"People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out."
- Warren G. Bennis
(Related: People, Ideas, Content)

"Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas."
- Eric Bentley
(Related: Age, Ideas, Language, Principles)

"I don't rehearse films as much as opera or theatre. When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea. Experience showed me that the best performance was often left in a rehearsal room."
- Bruce Beresford
(Related: Experience, Thought, Idea, Performance, Opera, Theatre)

"Novel technologies and ideas that impinge on human biology and their perceived impact on human values have renewed strains in the relationship between science and society."
- Paul Berg
(Related: Science, Society, Ideas, Values)

"At Wal-Mart, if you couldn't explain an idea or a concept in simple terms on one page of paper Sam Walton considered the new idea too complicated to implement."
- Michael Bergdahl
(Related: Idea)

"So long as I confine my thoughts to my own ideas divested of words, I do not see how I can be easily mistaken."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Ideas, Thoughts, Words)

"That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Imagination, Ideas, Thoughts, Body, Mind, Will)

"Many things, for aught I know, may exist, whereof neither I nor any other man hath or can have any idea or notion whatsoever."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Idea, Man, May)

"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
(Related: God, Ideas, Act, Being, Existence, Mind, Reason)

"There is an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny."
- Irving Berlin
(Related: Truth, Idea)

"Few new truths have ever won their way against the resistance of established ideas save by being overstated."
- Isaiah Berlin
(Related: Ideas, Being)

"The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds."
- Isaiah Berlin
(Related: Men, People, Ideas, First, Silence)

"Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down."
- Hector Berlioz
(Related: Time, Ideas, Despair)

"Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love."
- Hector Berlioz
(Related: Love, Music, Idea, May)

"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
(Related: Idea, Fact, Nothing, Proof)

"An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it."
- William Bernbach
(Related: Talent, Idea, Magic)

"We don't ask research to do what it was never meant to do, and that is to get an idea."
- William Bernbach
(Related: Idea, Research)

"Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour, always inspired by the ideal."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Success)

"Although all new ideas are born in France, they are not readily adopted there. It seems that they must first commence to prosper in a foreign country."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Ideas, Country, First, France)

"The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Ideas, Theatre)

"For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal."
- Carl Bernstein
(Related: Time, First)

"A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank."
- John Berry
(Related: Men, Money, Idea)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Belief, Control, Mind, Practice, Right)

"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
(Related: Change, Power, Ideas, Courage, May, Old, Potential, Youth)

"Murderers, in general, are people who are consistent, people who are obsessed with one idea and nothing else."
- Ugo Betti
(Related: People, Idea, Nothing)

"'Mad' is a term we use to describe a man who is obsessed with one idea and nothing else."
- Ugo Betti
(Related: Idea, Man, Nothing)

"In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Idea, Disaster, Economy, Taxes)

"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
(Related: Idea, American, Freedom, Want, World)

"The idea was to make a movie ourselves with everyone playing a cameo role. Preferably before we all go, 'cos poor old Charlie Wilson was murdered, and of course Buster has gone."
- Ronald Biggs
(Related: Idea, Old, Poor)

"While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Doubt, Ideology, Practice)

"I thought I was benefiting the Indians as well as the government, by taking them all over the United States, and giving them a correct idea of the customs, life, etc., of the pale faces, so that when they returned to their people they could make known all they had seen."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Government, Life, Thought, People, Idea, Faces, Giving, states, United)

"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
(Related: Beauty, Ideas, Values, Yield)

"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
(Related: Thought, Idea, Thinking, Unity)

"Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Hunting, Words)

"Attraction is beyond our will or ideas sometimes."
- Juliette Binoche
(Related: Ideas, Will)

"There are rhythmic ideas which sometimes only work up to a point. In writing there are moments when it just comes off the page, it's not just a collection of notes."
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Related: Work, Ideas, Moments, Writing)

"My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter."
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Related: Ideas)

"I don't have ideas so much as there are things which constantly evolve... there are various threads or layers, if you like, which change."
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Related: Change, Ideas)

"I have always watched the rushes, and have learned more because I have done so, because you can have all manner of ideas in your head, but they have to end up on the screen."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: Ideas, End)

"I don't come in with any preconceived ideas, and although I will have done some preparation, I can go which way the director wants."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: Ideas, Preparation, Will)

"Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together."
- Jacqueline Bisset
"I want to do nothing chic, I want to have ideas before beginning a piece."
- Georges Bizet
(Related: Ideas, Beginning, Nothing, Want)

"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
(Related: Idea, Boyfriend, Ski)

"Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas."
- Lewis Black
(Related: Ideas, Democrats, Nothing, Republicans)

"The idea of winning a doctor's degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me."
- Elizabeth Blackwell
(Related: Idea, Winning, Fight, Struggle)

"Whatever happened to a sense of idealism and embracing an idea that will help people and, in this case, children?"
- Rod Blagojevich
(Related: People, Idea, Children, Help, Idealism, Sense, Will)

"However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice."
- Tony Blair
(Related: Idea, Abortion, Choice, Circumstances, Woman)

"I'd sold the book first. Actually to a paperback publisher. I had nothing. I just had the idea."
- William Peter Blatty
(Related: Idea, First, Nothing)

"Everything that is, was, and will be, eternally IS, even the countless forms, which are finite and perishable only in their objective, not in their ideal Form."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Will)

"Now the idea about taking people abroad is that if they come over to Cyprus, which we have in mind, and bring their families and would have the possibility to defect after they would be ready to speak their mind, well I hope so."
- Hans Blix
(Related: People, Idea, Hope, Possibility, Mind, Now)

"It is inevitable that many ideas of the young mind will later have to give way to the hard realities of life."
- Felix Bloch
(Related: Life, Ideas, Mind, Will)

"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
(Related: Success, Idea, Children, Competence, Fathers, Mothers)

"Lord of the Rings was my first experience making movies and at the time, I had no ideas how movies were done. I thought that's the way they're done, so in a way, I had nothing to compare it to."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Experience, Movies, Time, Thought, Ideas, First, Nothing)

"I had never been near insane persons before in my life, and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like."
- Nellie Bly
(Related: Life, Idea, Actions)

"This idea was also brought out very clearly by Wallace, who emphasized that apparently reasonable activities of man might very well have developed without an actual application of reasoning."
- Franz Boas
(Related: Idea, Man)

"Film provides an opportunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images."
- Steven Bochco
(Related: Power, Opportunity, Ideas, Film)

"Our freedoms were born in the ideals of the Enlightenment and the musket fires of an historic revolution."
- John Boehner
(Related: Revolution, Ideals)

"Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier."
- Louise Bogan
(Related: Ideas, Language)

"The Great Idea in advertising is far more than the sum of the recognition scores, the ratings and all the other superficial indicators of its success; it is in the realm of myth, to which measurements cannot apply."
- Leo Bogart
(Related: Success, Idea, Advertising, Myth)

"I've written more songs for this record than I ever have in the past so I'm trying to give it a lot of special attention to be sure my ideas really get translated right."
- Suzy Bogguss
(Related: Ideas, Attention, Past, Right, Songs, Trying)

"I know that I'm inadequate, but I never thought that at seventeen. I thought I was doing the best I could. I thought I was being idealistic."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: Thought, Being)

"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
(Related: Society, Help, Mind, Thinking)

"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
(Related: Strength, Thoughts, American, Being, Body, Ideals)

"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
(Related: Strength, Thoughts, American, Being, Body, Ideals)

"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
(Related: Policy, Ideas, Beliefs, Pressure, Support)

"In The Name of the King is the right title. To be honest, I don't know who had the final idea for the title but I liked it and it has a strong connection to the movie's story."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Idea, Connection, Name, Right)

"A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Idea, Revolution)

"It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Ideas, Democracy, Violence)

"There is an idea of democracy produced by one-sided thinking."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Idea, Democracy, Thinking)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Day, Intention, Play)

"You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong."
- Bono
(Related: Dream, Action, Idealism, World)

"You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else."
- Bono
(Related: Equality, Idea, Commitment, Concern, Fool, Justice, Questions)

"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
(Related: Business, Ideas, Belief, Mind, School, Scientists, Will, Wrong)

"Opportunity ideas do not lie around waiting to be discovered. Such ideas need to be produced."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Lie, Opportunity, Ideas, Waiting)

"The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Time, Ideas, Right)

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Idea, Action)

"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
(Related: Life, People, Idea, Achievement, Creativity, Hope, Possibility, Fun)

"It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant with the ideas of number and quantity."
- George Boole
(Related: Ideas, Mathematics, Quantity)

"I've always wanted to stay involved with young people. I never bought into the idea that entertainers owe nothing to their audience except a good performance."
- Pat Boone
(Related: People, Idea, Performance, Nothing)

"I look at the story, I look at the idea and just try to think of it in terms of that whole body of myth and see where the characters fit in and what they ought to be doing-all those archetypes are there to play with."
- John Boorman
(Related: Idea, Body, Myth, Play)

"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
(Related: People, Idea, Freedom, Right, Service)

"I hate the idea of getting in a building that someone else has designed and having to do something to it yourself to sort of dress it up - it's like using presets in your tracks."
- Sean Booth
(Related: Idea, Building, Dress, Hate)

"I'm quite into the idea of engineering being beautiful."
- Sean Booth
(Related: Idea, Being, Engineering)

"I think doing more live stuff's made us feel a certain way about that particular point. I quite like small clubs. I don't really like playing in big clubs, and I think I'm really into the idea of a few people being together."
- Sean Booth
(Related: People, Idea, Being)

"Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year."
- Victor Borge
(Related: People, Idea, Right, Santa claus, Visit)

"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
(Related: Nature, Ideas, Constitution, Judges, Man, Temptations, Utopia)

"The March on Washington affirmed our values as a people: equality and opportunity for all. Forty-one years ago, during a time of segregation, these were an ideal."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Equality, Time, Opportunity, Values, March, Washington, Years)

"It is very a dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice."
- Phyllis Bottome
(Related: Idea, Practice, Will)

"The great artist is a slave to his ideals."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Artist, Ideals)

"One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Idea, Shadow)

"Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: People, Idea, Meeting)

"If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Idea)

"Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer, we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft, and started all over again."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Ideas, Draft, First, Writer)

"So I had a ghostwriter, they call them, or somebody who is an experienced writer, to help. I've got the ideas in my head, it's getting them properly on paper."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Ideas, Help, Writer)

"To have some idea what it's like, stand in the outside lane of a motorway, get your mate to drive his car at you at 95 mph and wait until he's 12 yards away, before you decide which way to jump."
- Geoffrey Boycott
(Related: Car, Idea)

"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
(Related: Music, People, Idea)

"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
(Related: Money, Idea, Internet, Party, Rest)

"I think the institution of marriage is a great idea, but for me it's just an idea."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Marriage, Idea)

"The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Experience, Romance, Idea, Open)

"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
(Related: Idea, Writing)

"Love is easy, and I love writing. You can't resist love. You get an idea, someone says something, and you're in love."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Love, Idea, Writing)

"Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself against attack or want of conformity answer in full to our feelings regarding the tragic character."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Feelings, Idea, Character, Conformity, Order, Want)

"In approaching our subject it will be best, without attempting to shorten the path by referring to famous theories of the drama, to start directly from the facts, and to collect from them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Idea, Drama, Facts, Famous, Theories, Tragedy, Will)

"Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Idea, Fact, Identity, Shakespeare, Worth)

"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
(Related: People, Idea, Writing)

"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
(Related: Idea, Rest)

"I enjoyed so much working with the guys from Wilco, and riffing off of them, and having someone come up to me with ideas, because normally in the studio it's me who has to come up with all the ideas."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: Ideas)

"All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: Fans, Ideals, Integrity, Media, Musicians)

"In the globalized world that is ours, maybe we are moving towards a global village, but that global village brings in a lot of different people, a lot of different ideas, lots of different backgrounds, lots of different aspirations."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: People, Ideas, Aspirations, World)

"There is a firm, clear commitment to provide resources and ideas to enable us to organize the Afghans towards starting the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: Ideas, Commitment)

"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
(Related: God, Ideas, Eye, Mind, Right)

"They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things."
- Constantin Brancusi
(Related: Work, Idea)

"One of the guys that used to run it - for some reason I've no idea why he used to call me the Sea Monster and I was just looking around for a name and thought that'll do. That lasted for a couple of years probably."
- Jo Brand
(Related: Thought, Idea, Name, Reason, Sea, Years)

"No-one really feels self-confident deep down becuase it's an artifical idea. Really, people aren't that worried about what you're doing or what you're saying, so you can drift around the world relatively anonymously: you must not feel persucted and examined. Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you."
- Russell Brand
(Related: People, Idea, Deep, Saying, Self, World)

"It's difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you."
- Russell Brand
(Related: Idea, Fact, Oneness, Self, Universe, World)

"So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs."
- Dorthea Brande
(Related: Ideas, Sales, Will)

"Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it's fun to be able to deliver it."
- Richard Branson
(Related: Love, People, Idea, Competition, Fun)

"At Geneva, the neutral states were often in agreement concerning the preliminaries for Genoa, and Genoa itself was marked by a quite natural mutual exchange of ideas."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Ideas, Agreement, states)

"A formally recognized equality does, however, accord the smaller nations a position which they should be able to use increasingly in the interest of humanity as a whole and in the service of the ideal."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Equality, Humanity, Interest, Nations, Service)

"Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas."
- Georges Braque
(Related: Ideas, Painting)

"My family life and my ideals, my commitment to the community and to other people - all people - has been improved. I think less about myself and more about my community today."
- Andre Braugher
(Related: Family, Life, People, Commitment, Community, Ideals, Today)

"I'm supposed to be the director of a television company, but I've only ever seen that company as a vehicle for making the kind of programmes we wanted to make, getting our ideas on the screen."
- Rory Bremner
(Related: Ideas, Company, Television)

"I've no idea what they make of me. People usually don't recognise themselves in an impression."
- Rory Bremner
(Related: People, Impression, Idea)

"Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values."
- Gerald Brenan
(Related: People, Ideas, Values, Importance, Intellectuals)

"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.
(Related: Family, Home, Ideas, World)

"This idea of how everything is interconnected, and the impermanence of things. It sums up the human condition to me, and it helps me on my path."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Idea)

"I've had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I've been very lucky that way."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Ideas, First)

"I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Idea, Childhood, Healing, Sadness)

"My idea of the ideal sex education site doesn't exist."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Education, Sex, Idea)

"You have to calendar time for yourself even if you have no idea what you're going to do with it."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Time, Idea)

"My first duty to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea."
- David Brin
(Related: Idea, Duty, First)

"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
(Related: Successful, Ideas, Achievement)

"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
(Related: Idea, Night, Nonsense, Old)

"Maybe I'm too masculine. Casting directors cast in their own, or an idealized image. Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal."
- Charles Bronson
"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
(Related: Dreams, Life, Ideas, Mind, Water, Wine)

"You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Idea, Decisions, World)

"When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas."
- David Brooks
(Related: Politics, Ideas, Character, Talk)

"I love romantic comedy, but I think you have to have another idea that you're chasing along with romantic comedy."
- James L. Brooks
(Related: Love, Idea, Comedy, Romantic)

"I had a marketing idea that everybody hated, decency is sexy."
- James L. Brooks
(Related: Idea, Decency, Marketing)

"The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still."
- Phillips Brooks
(Related: Life, Blood, Will)

"I had kicked around the idea for Good Eats when I was directing commercials."
- Alton Brown
(Related: Idea)

"It's not so much that I got that idea at some point, it came up naturally because of the improvisational nature of the story I was telling."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Nature, Idea)

"I wasn't thinking of competing with any artists as such, I was more thinking of being among them, and sharing thoughts with them; like sharing views, ideas, etc."
- Dennis Brown
(Related: Ideas, Thoughts, Artists, Being, Sharing, Thinking)

"The inspiration to write? Perhaps it's not so much inspiration, as a NEED to write. I get itchy and guilty and dissatisfied when I haven't written for a while. Ideas come to me and need to be written down."
- Eric Brown
(Related: Inspiration, Ideas)

"So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years."
- Gordon Brown
(Related: Development, Ideas, Financial, Challenge, Responsibility, Years)

"I originally had an idea about a family of people who were homeless, just traveling around without any solid roots or any home, who made their way around working wherever they could. I started it with them. The idea of Joe as a protagonist came along a little later."
- Larry Brown
(Related: Family, Home, People, Idea, Traveling)

"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
(Related: Life, Women, America, Giving, Liberty)

"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today."
- Robert McAfee Brown
(Related: Ideas, Today, World)

"I just wanted to have fun for myself - I felt I had a lot to say, and I realized that I missed having a magazine as a place to express my ideas. The Times column is a place for me to unload those perceptions."
- Tina Brown
(Related: Ideas, Fun, Perceptions)

"I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire. He was in the sauna in a house that burned down, so he had no idea anything was going on. It was very sad."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Idea, Friend, Fire, Song)

"The idea that I wrote something that stood for the way I feel about things, and that it lasts, that's probably my favorite thing that I've done."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Idea, Favorite)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea)

"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
(Related: Work, People, Idea, Friends, Job, Talk, Writers)

"And there is a time where you can be beyond yourself. You can be better than your technique. You can be better than most of your usual ideas. And this is a whole other category that you can get into."
- Dave Brubeck
(Related: Time, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Idea, Machine)

"Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Beauty, Idea, Elegance, Nothing)

"One of the goals of the Feminist Elite is to reinforce to women the idea that men are obsolete."
- Tammy Bruce
(Related: Men, Women, Idea, Goals)

"Yeah, that's what kind of, we get the idea a little bit yeah, because other people from different countries also try as hard as they can to get a medal or a gold medal in the Olympic Games. And you know, if they can work hard, we can work hard as well."
- Inge de Bruijn
(Related: Work, People, Idea, Countries, Games, Gold)

"I did about 2000 covers altogether, for all sorts of books - from Shakespeare to James Bond - and I always had the idea that I must give 100%, no matter who the author was."
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Idea, Books, Shakespeare)

"I come from a family of business people, but I had the idea I wanted to become an artist."
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Business, Family, People, Idea, Artist)

"Each book first begins with a little idea."
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Idea, First)

"The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Idea, Draft, First, Opera)

"Somehow in the 20th Century an idea has developed that music is an activity or skill which is not comprehensible to the man in the street. This is an arrogant assertion and not necessarily a true one."
- Gavin Bryars
(Related: Music, Idea, Man, Skill)

"As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien."
- Gavin Bryars
(Related: Art, Music, Time, Idea, Performance, Artists, Painting, Theatre, Writing)

"I work very fast, keeping the ideas flowing but making sure they come out the way I intended."
- Gavin Bryars
(Related: Work, Ideas)

"War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: War, Policy, Vision, Democracy, First, Foreign policy, states, Terrorism, Today, Traditions, United, World)

"My main idea was to create a sports facility for the basics. This is why I established the club."
- Sergei Bubka
(Related: Sports, Idea)

"You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Age, Idea, Pain)

"Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Death, Life, Hope, Idealism)

"It seems to me that the idea traditionally defended of endeavoring to maintain existing ethnic balances simply doesn't work any more."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Work, Idea)

"Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Idealism, Reality)

"Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two."
- Buddha
(Related: Idea, Unity)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Idea, Earth, Man, Meaning, states, United, Word)

"I think it's useful to experience other types of dance and other cultures, and the life of a classical dancer these days is certainly not all tutus! So experience of other dance forms is a good idea."
- Deborah Bull
(Related: Experience, Life, Dance, Idea)

"After a while, you have no idea how old you are because you've lied so many times."
- Sandra Bullock
(Related: Idea, Old)

"The history of England, who has always dealt most harshly with her vanquished foe in the few European wars in which she has taken part in modern times, gives us Germans an idea of the fate in store for us if defeated."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: History, Idea, EnglFate)

"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
(Related: Time, Ideas, Body, Day, Mind, Today, Yesterday)

"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 Bums
(Related: Power, Idea, Knowledge, Giving, Republican, Security)

"As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Women, Idea, Government, Effort, End, Rights, Human rights, Obligation, Violence)

"If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in person."
- Ralph Bunche
(Related: Idea, Want)

"Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals."
- Ralph Bunche
(Related: Ideals)

"As with most liberal sexual ideas, what makes the world a better place for men invariably makes it a duller and more dangerous place for women."
- Julie Burchill
(Related: Men, Women, Ideas, Liberal, World)

"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
(Related: Conversation, Forget, Stars)

"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
(Related: Idea, Possibility, Authority, Being, Creation, Sense)

"My manager was Buddy Glee, who put me together with Mike Curb, and was basically the idea to bring some soul to the label and bring something different to the label besides the Hank Williams situation."
- Solomon Burke
(Related: Manager, Soul, Idea)

"To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Ideas, Mistakes)

"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
(Related: Idea, Selling, Advertising, Today)

"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
(Related: Business, Ideas, Fun, Spirit)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Clients, Respect, Writers)

"My original idea was to produce and not make records myself."
- T-Bone Burnett
(Related: Idea)

"I am only doing now what I have ever done; and ever will continue to do - that is adapting past experience to present reform in the light of high ideals and future objects."
- John Burns
(Related: Experience, Future, Ideals, Light, Now, Past, Present, Reform, Will)

"The idea of the show is that it's active and that children will become involved and watch the show, but also participate in the show. And I didn't know if that would work."
- Steve Burns
(Related: Work, Idea, Children, Will)

"Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy."
- William S. Burroughs
(Related: Sales, Talk, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Inspiration, Ideas, Character)

"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
(Related: Change, Opportunity, Ideas, Challenge)

"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations."
- Leo Buscaglia
(Related: Expectations, Will)

"All these directors, and I would include the Coen brothers and Quentin, have a very unique vision of what they want. They listen to ideas and make people feel like everyone is making the film."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: People, Ideas, Vision, Brothers, Film, Want)

"Believe in something larger than yourself... get involved in the big ideas of your time."
- Barbara Bush
(Related: Time, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Trust, Time, People, Idea, Example, Speech)

"Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society."
- Candace Bushnell
(Related: Money, Power, Society, Women, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Idea, Difference)

"Our ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences, and we spend our lives trying to pass them on one another."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Ideas, Trying)

"I'm open to sci-fi, but I was never a diehard fan. I have no idea why it keeps following me. I'm extremely lucky, I guess; it's a lucrative venue."
- Yancy Butler
(Related: Idea, Open)

"America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago."
- Steve Buyer
(Related: America, Ideals, Veterans, Years)

"Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Constitution, Freedom, Ideals, World)

"It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Money, Politics, Ideas, American, Principles)

"In the housing projects, people talked of ways to reduce crime, relieve overcrowding, and they were good ideas that we plan to study, and possibly implement."
- Jane Byrne
(Related: People, Ideas, Crime, Projects, Study)

"One reason people get divorced is that they run out of gift ideas."
- Robert Byrne
(Related: People, Ideas, Reason)

"It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debts, you have no idea of the pain it gives one."
- George Byron
(Related: Idea, Pain)

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
- John Cage
(Related: People, Ideas, Old)

"Ideas are one thing and what happens is another."
- John Cage
(Related: Ideas)

"A barrier is of ideas, not of things."
- Mark Caine
(Related: Ideas)

"The very idea of carrying my memory into eternity devastated me, and I took refuge in atheism."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Idea, Atheism, Eternity, Memory)

"We gave up on the idea of trying to make the record a good representation of the live performance."
- John Cale
(Related: Idea, Performance, Trying)

"He invented this idea of telling the life story of a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him. It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer."
- Simon Callow
(Related: Life, Thought, Idea, Pleasure, Writer)

"From these inconsiderable attempts, some idea may be formed with what success, should Fortune afford an opportunity, I am likely to treat matters of greater importance."
- Giraldus Cambrensis
(Related: Success, Idea, Opportunity, Fortune, Importance, May)

"I think we need to just be very clear about what we're trying to do in Afghanistan. Frankly, we're not trying to create the perfect democracy. We're never going to create some ideal society. We are simply there for our own national security."
- David Cameron
(Related: Society, Afghanistan, Democracy, National security, Trying)

"We developed simple test tools to optimize imaging parameters. No company was interested in our idea."
- John Cameron
(Related: Idea, Company, Tools)

"Nothing dies harder than a bad idea."
- Julia Cameron
(Related: Idea, Nothing)

"There are MAYBE 30 years worth of ideas out there... watch for the feature version of ER in about 25 years... Hollywood has become hopelessly chained to the bottom line."
- Bruce Campbell
(Related: Ideas, Hollywood, Worth, Years)

"Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Love, Idea, Man)

"It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes."
- Elias Canetti
(Related: Idea)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Expectations, Information, Internet, News, Spring)

"We as Republicans understand that we have got to protect these... entitlement programs - these entitlement programs for our seniors today. And we have to sit down and have a discussion. We need more ideas on the table."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Ideas, Republicans, Today)

"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
(Related: Idea, Living, Lying, Now, Song, Wonder, Writing)

"Far From Home was also my idea from a magazine I'd seen."
- Jim Capaldi
(Related: Home, Idea)

"You still stand watch, O human star, burning without a flicker, perfect flame, bright and resourceful spirit. Each of your rays a great idea - O torch which passes from hand to hand, from age to age, world without end."
- Karel Capek
(Related: Age, Idea, End, Spirit, World)

"Wherever on this planet ideals of personal freedom and dignity apply, there you will find the cultural inheritance of England."
- Karel Capek
(Related: Dignity, EnglFreedom, Ideals, Inheritance, Will)

"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
(Related: Work, Idea, Beginning, End, Word)

"Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first. It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Ideas, First, Writers)

"I realized that everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first. It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Ideas, First, Writers)

"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
(Related: Work, People, Idea, Wind, Word, Words)

"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
(Related: Idea, Day)

"The hardest part is developing the idea, and that can take years."
- Eric Carle
(Related: Idea, Years)

"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
(Related: Death, Idea, Church, Separation, State)

"Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist."
- George Carlin
"It is nice to be around people who think differently than you. They challenge your ideas and keep you from being complacent."
- Tucker Carlson
(Related: People, Ideas, Being, Challenge)

"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
(Related: Idea, Honor, Humanity)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Rules)

"My ideas had been taking a socialistic shape for many years; but they were lacking in definite outline."
- Edward Carpenter
(Related: Ideas, Years)

"It's hard for anybody who's been with me not to feel starved for affection when I'm making love to my ideas. Maybe it's not meant for me to settle down and be married."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Love, Ideas, Affection)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Angels, Being, Famous)

"At a Boston signing, someone from the audience asked why I was so obsessed with furniture in my books. The question rattled around in my head. I had no idea that I was obsessed with furniture."
- Jonathan Carroll
(Related: Idea, Books, Boston, Question)

"When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers be specifically identified-only our student numbers appeared on the title page. I love that idea and still do."
- Jonathan Carroll
(Related: Love, Idea, College, Editors, Literary, Numbers, Writers)

"A book is simply the container of an idea like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Idea)

"But once you become successful, everyone has an idea of what you should do."
- Deana Carter
(Related: Idea, Successful)

"Eventually I lost the idea that I could have a career. I thought I was too old."
- Dixie Carter
(Related: Thought, Idea, Career, Old)

"To sleep around is absolutely wrong for a woman; it's degrading and it completely ruins her personality. Sooner or later it will destroy all that is feminine and beautiful and idealistic in her."
- Barbara Cartland
(Related: Personality, Sleep, Will, Woman, Wrong)

"I couldn't do any of my other characters, you know? But I could have done the lady. Church Lady's Malibu Beach party is an idea I have for a movie, too. Yes."
- Dana Carvey
(Related: Idea, Church, Beach, Lady, Party)

"We didn't even think about it, you know? I used to collect laser discs, and you'd have some college professor analyzing It's a Wonderful Life or Citizen Kane, and now it is pretty funny - the idea of commentary for a silly kid's movie, you know?"
- Dana Carvey
(Related: Funny, Life, Idea, College, Now, Pretty, Silly)

"If you didn't have some sense of idealism, then what is there to sustain you?"
- James Carville
(Related: Idealism, Sense)

"But the idea that some day people would want to be able to interact and get stock quotes and talk with other people or all these different things, I just believed that was going to happen."
- Steve Case
(Related: People, Idea, Day, Quotes, Talk, Want)

"And so the idea was, well maybe you can take an Atari video game machine, where people plug in a game cartridge, and plug in a modem, and tie that into a telephone, and essentially turn that game in the machine into an interactive terminal."
- Steve Case
(Related: People, Idea, Machine)

"The idea that maybe you don't have to own a car if you only need one occasionally may catch on, just like time-sharing caught on in real estate."
- Steve Case
(Related: Car, Idea, Time, May)

"My idea of what's good and bad and right and wrong is maybe greyer than most, and I like writing about that."
- Shaun Cassidy
(Related: Idea, Right, Writing, Wrong)

"Those were the ideals that drove us to nationalization of the health service."
- Barbara Castle
(Related: Health, Ideals, Service)

"Another example of that was that even during the economic problems of the 1945 government, we managed to carry out other aspects of our policy and other ideals. Through the establishment of national parks, for instance."
- Barbara Castle
(Related: Government, Policy, Example, Ideals, Problems)

"They were often the first students in their family to go to college and the very idea of higher education was still foreign to them. They had to make a conscious and often difficult decision to come to college."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: Education, Family, Idea, Decision, College, First, Students)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Christ, Contradiction, Symbol)

"My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn't work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious."
- Fidel Castro
(Related: Time, Work, Idea, Crisis, Driving, Now, states, United, World)

"Not that the propositions of geometry are only approximately true, but that they remain absolutely true in regard to that Euclidean space which has been so long regarded as being the physical space of our experience."
- Arthur Cayley
(Related: Experience, Being, Geometry, Space)

"Ideas? My head is full of them, one after the other, but they serve no purpose there. They must be put down on paper, one after the other."
- Camilo Jose Cela
(Related: Ideas, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Christianity, Deep, End, Man, March, Past, Soldiers, Years)

"We had no idea that this would turn into a global and public infrastructure."
- Vinton Cerf
(Related: Idea, Public)

"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
(Related: Humor)

"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
(Related: Idea)

"I was surprised that my wife thought it was a good idea, then again with my agent, another woman, then my editor, another woman - in spite of the fact that all three of them reacted positively I still have this fear."
- Michael Chabon
(Related: Wife, Thought, Idea, Fear, Fact, Woman)

"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
(Related: Idea, Americans)

"So the first season about halfway through he just sort of put us together and then broke us up all within one episode. One of the ideas is to have us do that once a year - to have everything blow up in our faces and not work out."
- Sarah Chalke
(Related: Work, Ideas, Faces, First)

"I never could be a partisan leader - a man of one idea."
- Joshua Chamberlain
(Related: Leader, Idea, Man)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Men, Action, Purpose, Thoughts, Ideals, May, Spirits, Will)

"There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Ideas, Fools)

"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
(Related: Power, Ideas, Emotions, Sensations, Thinking, Writing)

"The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Ideas, Man, Proof, Talk)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Fashion, Sky)

"The reveries of youth, in which so much energy is wasted, are the yearnings of a Spirit made for what it has not found but must forever seek as an Ideal."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Energy, Spirit, Youth)

"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
(Related: Idea, Chance, Gentleman, Giving, Trouble)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Character, Clothes)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Attitude, Causes, Emotion, Observation)

"My understanding is that Olivia had no idea what was going on."
- Crystal Chappell
(Related: Idea, Understanding)

"It's never a good idea for a celebrity to sign autographs or take pictures if a crowd is gathering."
- Chevy Chase
(Related: Idea, Celebrity)

"The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels."
- Malcolm De Chazal
"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
(Related: Idea, Cities, Now)

"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
(Related: Idea)

"I'm dubious about having Social Security put into the stock market. I think that we have gotten very far away from the idea that there's something sacrosanct about retirement investments."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: Idea, Retirement, Security)

"I love the idea of a beautiful neighborhood that represents the very best of American values, but also as a fun backdrop to some darker, deliciously sneaky things going on in people's lives."
- Marc Cherry
(Related: Love, Idea, People, Values, American, Fun)

"I think the idea that you can go this alone is - was a huge mistake. And unfortunately, there was a price paid in terms of suffering and pain for people in New Orleans."
- Michael Chertoff
(Related: Mistake, People, Idea, Pain, Suffering)

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Christian)

"The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Idea, Progress, Growth, Metaphor)

"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
(Related: American, Americans, Ideals, Nothing, Right, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Change, Idea, Conservatism)

"I've always wanted to play Don Quixote in some way. It's a great role. I think the idealism of the man shows that hope that we have in the human breast to achieve something."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Hope, Idealism, Man, Play)

"Research we've done seems to indicate that people who are on the Net like the idea that they don't have to leave what they are reading to go buy something."
- Jay Chiat
(Related: People, Idea, Reading, Research)

"People have accepted the media's idea of what feminism is, but that doesn't mean that it's right or true or real. Feminism is not monolithic. Within feminism, there is an array of opinions."
- Judy Chicago
(Related: People, Idea, Feminism, Media, Opinions, Right)

"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
(Related: Music, People, Ideas, Fun, Trying)

"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
(Related: God, Heart, Ideas, Beliefs, Consciousness, May, Mind, Spiritual, Thinking, Will)

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
- Shirley Chisholm
(Related: Progress, Ideas, Complaining)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Congress, Extreme, Meeting)

"At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else."
- Shirley Chisholm
(Related: Politics, Women, Determination, Country, Idealism, Needs, Present)

"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
(Related: Love, Idea, Opportunity)

"I believe it's time to put our best ideas on the table and work toward a bipartisan solution, with the single goal of leaving the Social Security system stronger than we found it."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Time, Work, Ideas, Goal, Security, Solution)

"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
(Related: Survival, Democracy, Existence, Freedom, Ideals, May)

"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: Ideas, Sleep)

"The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: Life, People, Idea, Popular, Right, Years)

"You see, we are not machines and we do not have lots of ideas in a drawer."
- Christo
(Related: Ideas, Machines)

"And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified."
- Christo
(Related: Idea, Detail, Now, Project, Years)

"If I just produce the transparent ideal accepted by the Western experts, a process of privatization which will be very good but never happen, that means nothing."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Experts, Nothing, Will)

"No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Time, Idea, Eye)

"A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea."
- John Ciardi
(Related: Idea, Hope, Question)

"Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea."
- John Ciardi
(Related: Art, Idea, Girls)

"But I love the idea - whether it's in my work or where I live - exploring new frontier, and I like putting myself in strange places and trying to survive and figure things out and gather up an infrastructure. I like knowing that I could figure out a way to live anywhere."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: Love, Work, Idea, Trying)

"The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Idea, Martyr)

"Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Ideas, Anxiety)

"A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: People, Ideas, Obsessions, Theories)

"Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there's somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can't do that."
- Tom Clancy
(Related: Life, Idea)

"Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed."
- Tom Clancy
(Related: Idea, Hope, Invention, Man)

"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
(Related: Nature, Power, Action, Competition, Efficiency, Now)

"We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 - and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?"
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Idea, Man, World, Youth)

"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
(Related: Idea, Universe)

"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
(Related: Idea, May, Worth)

"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
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Worth)

"When you left on Saturday, I felt a horrible void, I saw you everywhere, on the beach, in your room, in the garden: impossible for me to get used to the idea that you had left."
- Camille Claudel
(Related: Idea, Beach)

"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
(Related: Idea, Conservative, Liberalism)

"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
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Open)

"The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting."
- John Cleese
(Related: Idea)

"The idea that every time you do a film you're supposed to be tortured confuses me. I mean, guys who say, 'Oh, it's really tough, my character is really suffering' -come on. For us, even in the rotten ones we've had a good time. I don't think you have to suffer."
- George Clooney
(Related: Time, Idea, Character, Film, Suffering)

"I imagine a future aircraft, which will take off vertically, fly as usual, and land vertically. This flying machine should have no moving parts. This idea came from the huge power of cyclones."
- Henri Coanda
(Related: Power, Idea, Flying, Future, Land, Machine, Will)

"I confess that for fifteen years my efforts in education, and my hopes of success in establishing a system of national education, have always been associated with the idea of coupling the education of this country with the religious communities which exist."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: Education, Success, Idea, Country, Religious, Years)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Americans, Terror)

"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
(Related: Life, Design, Ideas, Bizarre, Simplicity)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Writing)

"The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today. I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role."
- J. M. Coetzee
(Related: Idea, Pretty, Today, Writer)

"The same Source that gave you the idea, will give you the means to see it through."
- Alan Cohen
(Related: Idea, Will)

"What are you accepting that would not be a part of your ideal day?"
- Alan Cohen
(Related: Day)

"Most men are very attached to the idea of being male, and usually experience a lot of fear and insecurity around the idea of being a man. Most women are very identified with their gender, and also experience a tremendous amount of fear and insecurity."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Experience, Men, Women, Idea, Fear, Being, Gender, Insecurity, Man)

"Our relationship to reality and to our experience is all based upon the ideas in our mind that we're always trying to live up to."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Experience, Ideas, Mind, Reality, Trying)

"Almost all the ideas we have about being a man or being a woman are so burdened with pain, anxiety, fear and self-doubt. For many of us, the confusion around this question is excruciating."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Fear, Ideas, Anxiety, Being, Confusion, Man, Pain, Question, Self, Woman)

"It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Idealism, Philosophy, Question, Realism)

"My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me."
- Frank Moore Colby
(Related: Idea)

"I think that one of the strengths of Cop Shoot Cop lay in the different, and at times, clashing personalities, Ideally, I want to have both ways of working in my life."
- Jim Coleman
(Related: Life, Want)

"And I don't know where I'm heading. I mean, I've got a pretty good idea of what I want in life."
- Jim Coleman
(Related: Life, Idea, Pretty, Want)

"These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea."
- Schuyler Colfax
(Related: Patriotism, Idea, Martyrs)

"All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas - not money."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Money, Ideas, Wealth, Mind)

"I think I'm a born storyteller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book."
- Jackie Collins
(Related: Idea, Inspiration)

"Ideas are all around me. If I wasn't interested in them myself, I don't think anyone else would be either."
- Jackie Collins
(Related: Ideas)

"If I had a personal wish for the new ideas in this new book it would be that every parent, every counselor, every teacher, every professor, every sports coach that deals with young people would understand the three circle concept."
- James Collins
(Related: Sports, People, Ideas, Coach, Deals)

"The answer I have is, you know, there a lot of things you can try to build to last. And what we try to do in our work is to come up with ideas that will last. Ideas that will stand the test of time."
- James Collins
(Related: Time, Work, Ideas, Will)

"I sang in the coffee houses of the country in the early '60s with no idea of success in terms of records or television. I just thought I was a storyteller. I didn't even think of myself as a singer."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Success, Thought, Idea, Coffee, Country, Houses, Television)

"I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw Finley on the list. I really liked it but didn't want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea."
- Holly Marie Combs
(Related: HusbIdea, Enthusiasm, Internet, Irish, Names, Psychology, Want)

"Every vital organization owes its birth and life to an exciting and daring idea."
- James Bryant Conant
(Related: Life, Idea)

"Because his basic idea that he got from the study of gall wasps is that everyone's sexuality is unique."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Idea, Sexuality, Study)

"That's a great feeling to know that I'm going into a project that I have no idea what will become of that movie, but I really trust Ang Lee. And I really trusted Ron. It's just really nice to work with people that you feel that way about."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: Trust, Work, People, Idea, Feeling, Project, Will)

"I've chosen not to live in Hollywood, and instead I live in Brooklyn, New York. It's how I like to live. I'd rather hang out with my kids and family when I'm not working. Going to premieres is not my idea of a fun night out."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: Family, Idea, Fun, Hollywood, Kids, Night)

"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
(Related: Idea, Cartoons)

"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
(Related: Idea)

"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
(Related: Life, Thought, Idea, Benefits, Charity, Country)

"Some of the ideas that come from the fringe of the far right are just so implausible that it is hard to take those ideas seriously."
- John Conyers
(Related: Ideas, Right)

"None of us condone terrorism in any way, shape, or form, and I believe Hezbollah is a terrorist organization that was, is, and remains a threat to peace in the Mideast, and must be dismantled and disarmed."
- John Conyers
(Related: Peace, Terrorism)

"Subsequent to the original Quicken, the whole idea that we, as a consumer products company, could actually make business products, that was a whole revolution in our thinking."
- Scott Cook
(Related: Business, Idea, Company, Revolution, Thinking)

"The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds."
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Related: Life, Idea, Illusion, Obvious, Variety)

"Stated clearly enough, an idea may cancel itself out."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Idea, May)

"Reason enables us to get around in the world of ideas, but cannot prescribe our thoughts."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Ideas, Thoughts, Reason, World)

"For many, immaturity is an ideal, not a defect."
- Mason Cooley
"Moo may represent an idea, but only the cow knows."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Idea, May)

"A real idea keeps changing and appears in many places."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Idea)

"There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Force)

"We started combining the use of light and the use of theatrics and the use of as many art forms as possible, and it's still growing - that's the whole idea of it."
- Alice Cooper
(Related: Art, Idea, Light)

"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
(Related: Life, Work, Ideas, Character, Memories)

"I looked it at like this way. To get folks to like you, as a screen player I mean, I figured you had to sort of be their ideal. I don't mean a handsome knight riding a white horse, but a fella who answered the description of a right guy."
- Gary Cooper
(Related: Knight, Right)

"Under the AHP approach, the average small business might be able to offer their employees one or two insurance plans, and that employee of the small business would have no idea whether their doctor was going to be a apart of one of those plans."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: Business, Idea, Employees)

"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
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Purpose, Astronomy, Fool, Study)

"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
(Related: God, Truth, Ideas, Judgment, Reason)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Will)

"Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Work, Idea)

"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
(Related: Dad, Movies, Ideas, Film)

"The Browning love story? It is an ideal, all too rare, and yet I hardly think it strange. It would have been far stranger had the fates allowed those two brilliant passionate souls to beat themselves out in silence."
- Marie Corelli
(Related: Love, Silence)

"I'm definitely responsible for coming in with some basic chord changes, or ideas. Everybody in the band looks to me to come up with the basic seed, so it's not very productive to come in with nothing."
- Billy Corgan
(Related: Ideas, Nothing)

"I'll come in with a string of riffs and direct the musical ideas. But you still need a band and their input to make the ideas come alive. You can't underestimate band chemistry."
- Billy Corgan
(Related: Ideas)

"But I do have an idea in my head before I go in about what I'm going to do."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: Idea)

"And do you accept the idea that there is no explanation?"
- Julio Cortazar
(Related: Idea)

"Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Education, Sex, Idea, Kids, May, Schools)

"I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Time, Wife, Idea, Children, Reason)

"There are many critics who have an idealised version of where my strengths lie."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Lie)

"These are the sort of things that push you on in music - the curiosity, a passion for new ideas."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Music, Ideas, Curiosity, Passion)

"Well, I've had a lot of different experiences in music over the years. And not everything you do can satisfy everybody's idealised version of you."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Music, Years)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Possibility, Reality, World)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Power, Balance, Day, Effort, Interest, Thinking, Vanity, Will)

"Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English do, and it's been their only major business advantage for the past two centuries."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Business, People, Idea, English, Past)

"Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal."
- Gustave Courbet
(Related: Painting, Realism)

"At least for me personally, I've always tried to do a really good job every day, with each interview, and treat each interview seriously, and make the person I'm speaking with feel comfortable, hopefully make it an ideal experience."
- Katie Couric
(Related: Experience, Day, Job)

"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
(Related: Home, War, Idea, World)

"A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life."
- Norman Cousins
(Related: History, Life, Ideas)

"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
(Related: History, Life, Ideas, Famous, Metaphor)

"It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete."
- Norman Cousins
(Related: Education, Idea, Difference, May, University, Words)

"When certain bootleg companies started off and they would take maybe ten per cent of whatever they got and help fuel new bands, which I'm cool with, I think that's a good idea. Most of the record companies are not doing that."
- David Coverdale
(Related: Idea, Help)

"The record was only released in the UK, and then when the idea for the remixed album came about, which was an idea that I've had for the longest time, I said this would be great song to remix as well, and so we did it."
- Deborah Cox
(Related: Time, Idea, Song)

"But live shows are cool. I just got back into the idea of enjoying it live."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Idea)

"I embrace the idea that I'm an entertainer."
- Wayne Coyne
(Related: Idea)

"As soon as someone tells me: 'You're rather sexy,' I wish I could disappear. If somebody says: 'You were voted the world's sexiest man,' I have no idea what that means. How do I respond? 'Thank you' is the best you can do. George Clooney is the world's sexiest man, anyway."
- Daniel Craig
(Related: Idea, Man, World)

"The idea of regretting not doing this seemed insane to me. Sitting in the corner at a bar at age 60, saying: 'I could've been Bond. Buy me a drink.' That's the saddest place I could be. At least now at 60 I can say: 'I was Bond. Now buy me a drink.'"
- Daniel Craig
(Related: Age, Idea, Now)

"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
(Related: Time, Faith, Work, Idea, Negative, Positive, Research, Results)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Being, Events, Leaders, World)

"We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas."
- Michael Crichton
(Related: Ideas, Day)

"A final proof of our ideas can only be obtained by detailed studies on the alterations produced in the amino acid sequence of a protein by mutations of the type discussed here."
- Francis Crick
(Related: Ideas, Proof)

"The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Patriotism, American, Loyalty, Promise, Tradition)

"The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic; and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Life, Achievement, American, Nation, Word)

"The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Life, Nation, Promise)

"When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Life, Work, Purpose, American, Effect, Fulfillment, Promise)

"While at Chicago my interest in the new field of particle physics was stimulated by a course given by Gell- Mann, who was developing his ideas about Strangeness at the time."
- James Cronin
(Related: Time, Ideas, Chicago, Interest, Physics)

"I'll think of the idea and then I'll write something down, then within that there will be a joke or two which is the original thing which I thought was funny."
- David Cross
(Related: Funny, Thought, Idea, Will)

"The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American narcissistic obsession with what's going on with the self, that's the general thing people are talking about."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: People, Ideas, American, Obsession, Self, Talking)

"And I liked that whole idea that energy comes from not disseminating your ideas and talking about them."
- Cameron Crowe
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Energy, Talking)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Mankind, Spirits)

"The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal."
- Aleister Crowley
(Related: Life, Change, Experience, Mistake, Growth, Enjoyment, Exercise, Mankind)

"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
(Related: Music, Nature, Idea, Being, Light, Problems, Reflection)

"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
(Related: People, Idea, Actors, Play, Talk)

"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
- Marie Curie
(Related: People, Ideas)

"I guess maybe I'm idealistic."
- John Cusack
"A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Fear, Ideas, Day, Fiction, Writer)

"In time your relatives will come to accept the idea that a career is as important to you as your family. Of course, in time the polar ice cap will melt."
- Barbara Dale
(Related: Time, Family, Idea, Career, Relatives, Will)

"It's the right idea, but not the right time."
- John Dalton
(Related: Time, Idea, Right)

"I wanted to be in a band that shared ideas and were in it together."
- Roger Daltrey
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: Lie, Ideas, Job, Midnight, Thinking)

"No. 1, Halliburton. Certainly, if they've overcharged they should be whacked and whacked good, but the idea that the vice president somehow is involved in this, whether they got contracts because of him, that's nonsense."
- Al D'Amato
(Related: Idea, Nonsense, President, Vice)

"I think for anybody reading the book they're going to get an idea in their heads of all those characters, and I think that once that gets fixed, it's quite hard to shake."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Idea, Reading)

"I became very successful at a young age... I had lots of opportunities and lots of power and had no idea how to focus it."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Power, Age, Idea, Successful, Focus)

"Maybe philosophy - I love talking about ideas. Or maybe art history. I was thinking about psychology, then I got really afraid because everybody says it's terribly boring."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Art, Love, History, Ideas, Philosophy, Psychology, Talking, Thinking)

"The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo
(Related: People, Ideas, Order, Will)

"When you're young, try to be realistic; as you get older, become idealistic. You'll live longer."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo
"In terms of the idea of long-term occupation - I have been reading a little bit more about this period - and you can see in that occupation are many lessons for the current occupation of Iraq. So we have these connections that go way back that people aren't aware of."
- Edwidge Danticat
(Related: People, Idea, Iraq, Occupation, Reading)

"Some of us have great original ideas and some of us depend on adaptations."
- Frank Darabont
(Related: Ideas)

"The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Life, Faith, Idea, Fear, Hope, Cowardice)

"Also, from a technical point of view, as you're standing in front of a microphone all day, it's quite a good idea that I should play a laid back sort of character because if he was too frenetic, I'd be exhausted by lunch!"
- Paul Darrow
(Related: Idea, Character, Day, Play)

"In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to whom the idea first occurs."
- Francis Darwin
(Related: Science, Idea, Credit, First, Man, World)

"It's not just a revue where one song is done, then another. There are concepts and ideas at work."
- Hal David
(Related: Work, Ideas, Song)

"In the arts the way in which an idea is rendered, and the manner in which it is expressed, is much more important than the idea itself."
- Jacques-Louis David
(Related: Idea)

"Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors."
- Thayer David
(Related: People, Idea, Actors, Company)

"That odd idea that one person can go to a foreign part and in this rather odd voice describe it to the folks back home doesn't make much sense in the post-colonial world."
- Robyn Davidson
(Related: Home, Idea, Post, Sense, Voice, World)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Years)

"I got that idea from being in India. I always like the chanting."
- Ray Davies
(Related: Idea, Being)

"The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: People, Fact, Future, Past, World)

"I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Ideas)

"The dance world is too small in lots of ways - it's too intense, it rattles around itself, and it needs exposing to other ideas."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Dance, Ideas, Needs, World)

"There's a mass of places, really, where the idea started."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Idea)

"On the other hand in London you can get an audience that desires dance to go as far as it can go: they've seen the bricks of ideas built over a period so therefore there is an acceptance of what otherwise might seem out on a limb."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Dance, Ideas, Acceptance, London)

"I don't start a piece knowing exactly what effect it's going to have. There is a seed of an idea that I could never articulate, right at the beginning of the piece, literally like one cell."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Idea, Beginning, Effect, Right)

"Then I came in twice a week - for my own enjoyment as well as to be a guide. And then we started to apply some of the splinters of the ideas back into the piece."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Ideas, Enjoyment)

"This dapper little mouse that wore such cute clothes and said such interesting things, yeah. I thought it was a great idea to have a mouse like that in your family, so now I get to see what it was like."
- Geena Davis
(Related: Family, Thought, Idea, Clothes, Cute, Mouse, Now)

"Most women seem to be required to pit themselves against men in dramatic situations, and the men got to pit themselves against ideas or God."
- Judy Davis
(Related: Men, Women, God, Ideas)

"It wasn't a problem for me drawing humans although I had originally come to the studio with the idea that what I had to offer them was my knowledge in the drawing of animals."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Idea, Knowledge, Animals)

"The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas."
- Miles Davis
(Related: Ideas, Artist, Jazz, Man, Project)

"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 H. Davis
(Related: Life, War, Idea, Destruction, Misery, Tragedy)

"Of course, the idea of a six months' holiday is enough to make anyone laugh at anything, but I find that besides that I was a good deal harassed and run down, and I am glad to cut off from everything and start fresh. I feel miserably selfish about it all the time."
- Richard H. Davis
(Related: Time, Idea, Holiday, Months)

"The idea is to bring art to people who might never really interact with it. It's for all citizens, and it's about making the city more interesting and more visually significant."
- Susan Davis
(Related: Art, People, Idea)

"But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Experience, History, Science, Ideas, Appreciation, Rest, Thinking, Wonder)

"The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Knowledge, Ideas, Europe, Influence, Literary)

"Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition of common principles and common ideals, and if it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members, it must inevitably fall to pieces."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Society, Ideals, Loyalty, Principles, Spiritual)

"As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Culture, Idealism, Lies, Morals, Tradition)

"The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment, the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control the aggressive dynamism of nationalism."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Control, Idealism, Nationalism, Nations, Spirit, United)

"We cannot build up the idea of the apostolate of the laity without the foundation of the liturgy."
- Dorothy Day
(Related: Idea)

"Magazines and advertising are flogging the idea that you have to keep changing things and get something new. I think that's balls - evil. But obviously that's your livelihood."
- Robin Day
(Related: Idea, Advertising, Evil)

"The idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong."
- Howard Dean
(Related: War, Idea, Wrong)

"There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress. They're the party of no. They desperately need some intellectual leadership. And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership. So I hope he does run."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Leadership, Ideas, Hope, Congress, Now, Party, Republican, Right)

"Generally my typical books have lots of twists and turns a big surprise ending and then usually another surprise at the end and ideally, as in Garden of Beasts, we get to the very end and we find at the last few pages that there's yet another surprise."
- Jeffery Deaver
(Related: Books, End, Ending, Garden)

"I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block; the problem is idea block."
- Jeffery Deaver
(Related: Idea, Writer)

"Ideally, I like to integrate the human issues into the suspense story itself."
- Jeffery Deaver
(Related: Suspense)

"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
(Related: Idea, Progress, Ideas, Improvement, Meaning, Plagiarism, Right, Words)

"In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false."
- Edgar Degas
(Related: Idea, Painting)

"What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough."
- Eugene Delacroix
(Related: Work, Genius, Idea, Ideas, Obsession)

"The idea of the vital movement of the world and its movement is simultaneity."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Idea, World)

"It is this research into pure painting that is the problem at the present moment. I do not know any painters in Paris who are really searching for this ideal world."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Painting, Paris, Present, Research, World)

"A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way, this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Death, Life, Idea, Eternity, Now, Pain, Will)

"Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Nature, Work, Ideas, Cunning, Quiet, Silence)

"Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."
- Cecil B. DeMille
(Related: Success, Goal, Dedication, Ideals, Living)

"Ideas are more powerful than people."
- Jim DeMint
(Related: People, Ideas)

"Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition."
- Daniel Dennett
(Related: People, Idea, Direction, Tradition)

"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
(Related: Work, Life, Idea, Americans, Culture)

"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
(Related: Fear, Ideas, Conformity, Controversy, Mind)

"Abroad, they have covered pretty much all subjects, explored every possibility, every twist. So similarities between ideas you have and those filmed abroad are quite possible."
- Ajay Devgan
(Related: Ideas, Possibility, Pretty)

"If I had some idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?"
- Richard M. DeVos
(Related: Idea, Years)

"Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day."
- Anita Diament
(Related: Idea, Hope, Day, Light, Now, Play, Right, Song, Will, Writing)

"I've always thought of music as something which gives the words their flight and their wings and the music often comes first, although sometimes I'll have a concept, a title idea, a lyric idea that I want to write and the lyric will come first."
- Neil Diamond
(Related: Music, Thought, Idea, First, Want, Will, Words)

"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
(Related: Men, Trust, Idea, Honesty, Day, Dishonesty, Nonsense, Quantity, Will)

"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Idea, Will)

"My ideas are my whores."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Ideas)

"Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service."
- Joan Didion
(Related: Ideas, Service)

"Obviously, for me, story is first and foremost, even in the face of the attractive idea of having all the cast there, or having a great piece of talent come to it."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Talent, Idea, First)

"The idea of exploring character relations and their development over a decade has to be appealing for any actor who cherishes his craft."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Idea, Development, Character, Actor)

"The video game culture was an important thing to keep alive in the film because we're in a new era right now. The idea that kids can play video games like Grand Theft Auto or any video game is amazing. The video games are one step before a whole other virtual universe."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Idea, Culture, Film, Games, Kids, Now, Play, Right, Theft, Universe)

"It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there's me."
- Ani DiFranco
(Related: People, Idea)

"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
(Related: Idea, Feminism, Needs, Open, Right, Self, Woman)

"Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Idea, Programming)

"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
(Related: Feeling, Mathematicians, Self, Thinking, Tradition)

"Ideas are the root of creation."
- Ernest Dimnet
(Related: Ideas, Creation)

"There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come."
- Everett Dirksen
(Related: Time, Idea, Force)

"Or 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
(Related: Feelings, Ideas, Children, Ideals)

"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
(Related: Movies, Adulthood, Entertainment, Ideals, Influence, Objectives)

"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Family, Idea, Children, Fun, Parents)

"Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Money, Work, Love, Idea)

"My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Business, Life, Politics, Ideas, Liberalism, Principles)

"He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Idea, Ignorance, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Art, Faith, Quality, Idea, Athens, Conquest, Man, Memory, Rome, World)

"Kids are our future, and we hope baseball has given them some idea of what it is to live together and how we can get along, whether you be black or white."
- Larry Doby
(Related: Idea, Hope, Baseball, Future, Kids)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Body, Mind, Unity, Voice, Will)

"The idea of taking off my shoes and trying on all these clothes is so exhausting, I just leave."
- Lexa Doig
(Related: Idea, Clothes, Trying)

"The idea of running around and screaming about Jason Voorhees trying to kill you was fun."
- Lexa Doig
(Related: Idea, Fun, Running, Trying)

"I toyed with the idea of pursuing a career as a lawyer just because I like to argue."
- Lexa Doig
(Related: Idea, Career)

"The very idea of freedom incites fear in the hearts of terrorists across the world."
- Elizabeth Dole
(Related: Idea, Fear, Freedom, World)

"Praising the Lord and passing the ammunition are mutually exclusive ideas."
- Phil Donahue
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: People, Idea, Successful, Animals, Cats, Class, Cows, Old, Want)

"The Tube is a vehicle for selling things, not for exploring ideas."
- Phil Donahue
(Related: Ideas, Selling)

"I think the idea of creating a television news source that is not beholden to corporate interests is nirvana."
- Phil Donahue
(Related: Idea, Corporate, News, Television)

"I was tweaked by the idea of Superman immediately."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Idea)

"This haunting idea of becoming a celebrity doesn't settle well with me at all."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Idea, Celebrity)

"Working together was a bit of a disaster. I'd tell him his ideas were cr*p and he'd say the same about mine."
- Daisy Donovan
(Related: Ideas, Disaster)

"America's Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Belief, America, Country, Democracy, Freedom, Ideals, Veterans, World)

"Familiar life, tending to sordidness, had been succeeded by remote life, generally idealized; historical detail had been brought in to teach readers who were being entertained."
- Carl Clinton Van Doren
(Related: Life, Being, Detail)

"Because the world is radically new, the ideal encyclopedia should be radical, too."
- Charles Van Doren
(Related: Radical, World)

"Some of you read with me 40 years ago a portion of Aristotle's Ethics, a selection of passages that describe his idea of happiness. You may not remember too well."
- Charles Van Doren
(Related: Happiness, Idea, Ethics, May, Years)

"Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king."
- Mark Van Doren
(Related: Ideas, May)

"They're trying to beat out this movie, the Ring, which is a similar idea. Our movie is about a website you visit and die in three days. Their movie is about a videotape you watch - and die in three days."
- Stephen Dorff
(Related: Idea, Trying, Visit)

"I'd love to star in a television series of my own. I love the idea of living with a character for a number of years, watching him grow."
- Michael Dorn
(Related: Love, Idea, Character, Living, Television, Years)

"I like the idea of capturing people who aren't there to save the world."
- Illeana Douglas
(Related: People, Idea, World)

"I loved the idea of the Nerd as Hero, which Ghost World also had."
- Illeana Douglas
(Related: Idea, World)

"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
(Related: Thought, Idea, Dawn, Garden, May, Reverie)

"I'm no interior decorator, but just I have a feeling that plastic plants in the bathroom... probably not a good idea."
- Kyan Douglas
(Related: Idea, Feeling, Plants)

"The theory of cultural bias... is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization. It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Idea, Culture, Theory)

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertising."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Advertising, Ideals, Nation)

"The Buggles was much more a studio environment idea, which we never actually took on the road."
- Geoff Downes
(Related: Idea, Environment, Road)

"It's a very smart and heartfelt movie and that's why, I think, we're all drawn to it. We really showed up for this with this collective idea that it was really ambitious, but we felt we all really had something to gain from it."
- Robert Downey, Jr.
(Related: Idea, Gain)

"The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it."
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Related: Events, Fact, Results)

"Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature."
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Related: Nature, Ideas)

"With new jobs, new ideas, and growing confidence that our brightest days lie ahead, Wisconsin is on the move."
- Jim Doyle
(Related: Lie, Ideas, Confidence, Jobs)

"The Yale group was doing the Harold. So by our senior year we were trying to do the Harold. Again, we had no idea what we were doing. We had one guy in the group who was pretty experimental; he would kind of push us to do weird things. It was really fun, a great experience."
- Rachel Dratch
(Related: Experience, Idea, Fun, Pretty, Trying)

"As an actress, it appeals to me because I love the idea of playing those in-between moments, the sort of behavioral stuff that one might not normally see."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Love, Idea, Moments)

"I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products."
- Marcel Duchamp
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: Idea, Sound, Want)

"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
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Admiration, Now, Right, Years)

"The idea of a language more simple than ours."
- John Dudley
(Related: Idea, Language)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Beginning, Being, Decisions, Disease, First)

"I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world."
- Georges Duhamel
(Related: God, Idea, Respect, World)

"You know, it takes a while to get used to - it's a whole group of people with all these ideas and after you sort of navigate your way through the first few episodes it becomes collaborative and creative."
- Josh Duhamel
(Related: People, Ideas, First)

"For the first time, I lived alone... in a luxury apartment on Sunset Strip. For a few days I loved the idea, but I got lonely and restless."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Time, Idea, First, Lonely, Luxury, Sunset)

"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
(Related: Faith, Men, Peace, War, Idealism, Self, Will, World)

"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal living conditions on this earth?"
- Isadora Duncan
(Related: Animals, Earth, Living)

"This idea that males are physically aggressive and females are not has distinct drawbacks for both sexes."
- Katherine Dunn
(Related: Idea, Sexes)

"But the idea that women can't take care of themselves still permeates our culture."
- Katherine Dunn
(Related: Women, Idea, Care, Culture)

"I have no inflated ideas about success anyway."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: Success, Ideas)

"It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs."
- Marguerite Duras
(Related: Women, Idea, Neglect)

"The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Hope, World)

"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
(Related: Women, Idea, Fact, Gossip, Theory)

"Oh, I had an idea for a pilot of my own at the time, and then Carl sent me about eight scripts and simply I threw my idea out the window because the writing was just so good."
- Dick Van Dyke
(Related: Time, Idea, Writing)

"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
(Related: Life, Society, Ideas, Man, Sadness)

"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
(Related: Music, People, Ideas, Being, Living, Today)

"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
(Related: Design, Ideas, Engineering)

"The writers are writing human beings, and they're writing about the human condition and how difficult it is to function in that condition. I think it's one of the charms of the show, the idea of redemption and working towards becoming better people, for everybody involved."
- George Dzundza
(Related: People, Idea, Writers, Writing)

"In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Architecture, Design, Idea)

"Ideas are cheap. Always be passionate about ideas and communicating those ideas and discoveries to others in the things you make."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Ideas)

"Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Quality, People, Ideas, Key)

"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
(Related: Experience, Life, Idea, Behavior, Crisis, Future, Relationships)

"I think one of the greatest enemies in the use of technology, however, is the idea that if you use the technology you have to throw other things out of the window."
- John Eaton
(Related: Technology, Idea, Enemies)

"The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Idea, Rights, Human rights, Nothing)

"I put those people in place. I trusted them. I had no idea they would do anything like this."
- Bernie Ebbers
(Related: People, Idea)

"Sensorial perception, for example, certainly occurs with greater or less accuracy according to the degree of interest; it is constantly given other directions by the change of external stimuli and by ideas."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Change, Ideas, Perception, Accuracy, Example, Interest)

"Mental states of every kind, - sensations, feelings, ideas, - which were at one time present in consciousness and then have disappeared from it, have not with their disappearance absolutely ceased to exist."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Time, Feelings, Ideas, Consciousness, Present, Sensations, states)

"Ideas which have been developed simultaneously or in immediate succession in the same mind mutually reproduce each other, and do this with greater ease in the direction of the original succession and with a certainty proportional to the frequency with which they were together."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Ideas, Certainty, Direction, Mind)

"I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment, don't understand the idea of freedom of speech, and don't understand that it's the responsibility of the citizen to speak out."
- Roger Ebert
(Related: Idea, Americans, First, Freedom, Responsibility, Speech)

"I think we have to get beyond the idea that we have to categorize people."
- Roger Ebert
(Related: People, Idea)

"If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty."
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
(Related: People, Idea, Will)

"I don't like to watch playback. But being on the set, watching the way the camera is being moved and the way the light is being used, you do get an idea of it."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Idea, Being, Light)

"I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that."
- Billy Eckstine
(Related: Business, Idea, Being)

"As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down. I guess there's a reason that according to what the Caucasian wanted us to look like. He wanted us to look-if we were Black, then he had his idea of what we look like."
- Billy Eckstine
(Related: Idea, Fact, Reason)

"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
(Related: Bosses, Democracy, Dictators, Ideals, State, Will)

"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
(Related: Idea, Attention, Job, Man, Will)

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Idea, Lies, Value)

"To have a great idea, have a lot of them."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Idea)

"Great ideas originate in the muscles."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Ideas)

"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
(Related: Idea, Man)

"So this is the space during tutoring hours. It's very busy. Same principles: one-on-one attention, complete devotion to the students' work and a boundless optimism and sort of a possibility of creativity and ideas."
- Dave Eggers
(Related: Work, Ideas, Creativity, Optimism, Possibility, Attention, Devotion, Space, Students)

"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
(Related: Science, Ideas, Language, May)

"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Poetry, Ideas, Mathematics)

"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
(Related: God, Power, Idea, Conviction, Deep, Universe)

"You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Ideas)

"The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Road, Service)

"The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Ideas, World)

"You don't run for public office unless you have a specific vision. You are driven by ideas and a vision."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Ideas, Vision, Office, Public)

"Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects?"
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Related: Ideas, Cinema, Language, Now, Painting, Theater)

"There's no good idea that can't be improved on."
- Michael Eisner
(Related: Idea)

"Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him."
- Paul Eldridge
(Related: Idea, Man)

"Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life."
- George Eliot
(Related: Life, Idea, Acting, Nothing)

"Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas."
- George Eliot
(Related: Ideas, Rest, Trouble)

"It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal."
- George Eliot
(Related: Being, Man, Woman)

"There is no absolute point of view from which real and ideal can be finally separated and labelled."
- T. S. Eliot
"I think the whole idea of me was that I wasn't going to be but that I wanted to be, desperately."
- Chris Elliott
(Related: Idea)

"Once we start collecting, the more you have, the more it gets valuable and that will stop us from responding to the present and taking on new ideas what the artists are doing now."
- David Elliott
(Related: Ideas, Artists, Now, Present, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Ideas, Caring, Succeed)

"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."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Family, Life, Being, Consideration)

"The American people... want change. They want big ideas, big reform."
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Change, People, Ideas, American, Reform, Want)

"Because I am not formally trained in the medical sciences, I can bring in new ideas to AIDS research and the cross-fertilization of ideas from different fields could be a valuable contribution to finding the cure for AIDS."
- Philip Emeagwali
(Related: Medical, Ideas, Cure, Research)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Positive, Day, End, Fight, Result)

"God screens us evermore from premature ideas."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: God, Ideas)

"The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a plot would really scare me, because it would come out a mess."
- Tracey Emin
(Related: Idea, Fiction)

"Even if you can't draw, do a little doodle or rip an illustration from a magazine - these visuals will help bring your idea to life."
- John Emmerling
(Related: Life, Idea, Help, Will)

"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
(Related: Poetry, Power, Ideas, Emotions, Language, Skin, Words)

"You know, I think I did originally have some sort of idea of maybe a Where Eagles Dare kind of mission against impossible odds, but it really sort of died before I had a chance to really go anywhere with it, and then just doing the book was out of the question."
- Garth Ennis
(Related: Idea, Chance, Eagles, Mission, Question)

"The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Work, Idea, Computer, Decisions)

"When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Idea, Rest)

"The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Idea, Brothers, World)

"I think generally playing live is a crap idea. So much of stage work is the presentation of personality, and I've never been interested in that."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Work, Idea, Personality)

"My core beliefs revolve around the idea that we should live to the best of our abilities-we should live and let live."
- Enya
(Related: Idea, Beliefs)

"Well, then we got to know each other and eventually worked out a bit of idea of management."
- Brian Epstein
(Related: Idea, Management)

"We know the ideal isn't where the action is."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Action)

"Even in the Western world, one cannot argue that the ideal has been achieved given the existence of issues like the integration, participation and representation of Muslim citizens, and occasional but lingering anti-Semitism."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Muslim, Existence, Participation, World)

"Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Art, Science, Inspiration, Ideas, Expression, May, Senses)

"All good ideas arrive by chance."
- Max Ernst
(Related: Ideas, Chance)

"I think it's a lovely idea, but it will not pass the Congress. I live in a world of realities. The policy of our country is that we can drill our way to independence. I think that's a march to folly."
- Anna Eshoo
(Related: Policy, Idea, Congress, Country, Folly, Independence, March, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Idea, Focus, Will)

"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
(Related: Experience, Battle, Personality, Popularity, Will)

"He was a wise man who originated the idea of God."
- Euripides
(Related: God, Idea, Man)

"I just fell in love with his music. I thought Yanni was Japanese. I didn't have any idea what a Yanni was. I just thought I was in love with a Japanese man who wrote beautiful music."
- Linda Evans
(Related: Love, Music, Thought, Idea, Man)

"You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea."
- Medgar Evers
(Related: Idea, Man)

"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
(Related: Idea, Old, Pretty, Will, Years)

"This idea of trying to repeat a success doesn't interest me. It's only really done to make money."
- Agnetha Faltskog
(Related: Money, Success, Idea, Interest, Trying)

"The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Politics, Religion, Idea, Country, Devil, Running)

"When you have a godly husband, a godly wife, children who respect their parents and who are loved by their parents, who provide for those children their physical and spiritual and material needs, lovingly, you have the idea unit."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Wife, HusbIdea, Children, Needs, Parents, Respect, Spiritual)

"Well, user feedback was excellent. Even when the software didn't work at all, there were few people who were avid users, and there were people who were just sending excellent feedback and excellent ideas."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Software)

"That's why I ended up leaving school - because it required so much time, and it was such an excellent idea. I figured I would regret not going full force with this idea. It seemed we could make something of it."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Time, Idea, Force, Regret, School)

"There really was nothing like it at the time. We had good ideas for implementation, so we proceeded. I think it was an excellent solution to the reliability issues with existing search engines."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Time, Ideas, Nothing, Solution)

"The whole idea that what is not normal should be kept secret - that's really distasteful to me."
- Dan Farmer
(Related: Idea)

"The poorest parts of the world are by and large the places in which one can best view the worst of medicine and not because doctors in these countries have different ideas about what constitutes modern medicine. It's the system and its limitations that are to blame."
- Paul Farmer
(Related: Ideas, Blame, Countries, Doctors, Limitations, Medicine, World)

"Wealth flows from energy and ideas."
- William Feather
(Related: Ideas, Wealth, Energy)

"An idea isn't worth much until a man is found who has the energy and ability to make it work."
- William Feather
(Related: Work, Idea, Ability, Energy, Man, Worth)

"Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely, so that's the way I decided to go."
- Raymond E. Feist
(Related: Ideas)

"If we had a starting XI that no one could argue about it wouldn't say a lot for English football. We'd probably be on a downward spiral. It's good that people have different ideas about who should play."
- Rio Ferdinand
(Related: People, Ideas, English, Football, Play)

"The idea of 'machine assemblage' is, especially, very alien to my sensibility, since it suggests a relative indifference of the strata to one another during the process of construction."
- Brian Ferneyhough
(Related: Idea, Indifference, Sensibility)

"Whereas Schaeffer and Henry were working like samplers, their idea was to capture those sounds which couldn't be serially calibrated because they were too complex in character."
- Luc Ferrari
(Related: Idea, Character)

"Electronic music used pure sounds, completely calibrated. You had to think digitally, as it were, in a way that allowed you to extend serial ideas into other parameters through technology."
- Luc Ferrari
(Related: Music, Technology, Ideas)

"Women! I have no idea. I don't know anything about women at all. They're a complete mystery to me."
- Bryan Ferry
(Related: Women, Idea, Mystery)

"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
(Related: Idea, Direction, Help, Information, Judgment, Value)

"Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other."
- Eugene Field
(Related: Thought, Ideas, Extreme)

"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
(Related: Idea, Day, Dieting, New year, Order)

"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
(Related: Idea, Conflict, Israel, Want)

"I have a lot of stuff I want to talk about and offer up. It would be odd not to have ideas about something."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Ideas, Talk, Want)

"But I'm not adverse to the idea of Torch Song as a musical. It would just be different. Because the play will always be there exactly as it was, and in a musical you could tell a lot of the story through songs."
- Harvey Fierstein
(Related: Idea, Play, Song, Songs, Will)

"Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas."
- Charles Fillmore
(Related: Faith, Men, Money, Power, Ideas, World)

"For a number of years, I'd been around the kind of people who financed movies and the kind of people who are there to make the deals for movies. But I'd always had this naive idea that everybody wants to make movies as good as they can be, which is stupid."
- David Fincher
(Related: Movies, People, Idea, Deals, Years)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Americans, Majority, Press, Vietnam)

"But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it."
- Ian Hamilton Finlay
(Related: Poetry, Idea, Beginning, Chance, Public)

"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
(Related: Experience, Business, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Business, Life, Ideas, Man)

"People have the idea of missionaries as going out with the Bible and hitting natives with it. It's not really what they were doing. They were all doing something rather different."
- Colin Firth
(Related: People, Idea, Bible, Missionaries)

"I don't believe, in the 21st century, in the balance of power system. This is a European idea of the 19th and 20th centuries."
- Joschka Fischer
(Related: Power, Idea, Balance)

"Whenever ideas fail, men invent words."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Men, Ideas, Words)

"Any idea can be brought into the classroom if the point is to inquire into its structure, history, influence and so forth. But no idea belongs in the classroom if the point of introducing it is to recruit your students for the political agenda it may be thought to imply."
- Stanley Fish
(Related: History, Thought, Idea, Classroom, Influence, May, Students)

"The written word is the basic of everything. Most important, the idea, and after that, the dialogue. You can rehash the dialogue as you go along, it 's disgraceful to have to do this, but now and again you have no choice."
- Terence Fisher
(Related: Idea, Choice, Now, Word)

"He 's ruthless only because of his ideals. Unfortunately he doesn't succeed. The thing fails and gets out of hand and takes charge of him. Idealism is the only excuse he could have and it's a great excuse."
- Terence Fisher
(Related: Idealism, Ideals, Succeed)

"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
(Related: Idea, Americans, May)

"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
(Related: Intelligence, Time, Ideas, Ability, First, Mind)

"The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Work, Idea, Growth, Eyes, Gold, Man)

"My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Idea, Writer, Youth)

"No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Idea, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Idea, Being, Name, Right, Style, Want, Words)

"If I'm going to fly for more than twenty feet it's generally a good idea to get a stunt guy."
- Joe Flanigan
(Related: Idea, Feet)

"Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Reality)

"Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Man, Woman)

"Usually, if you have a new idea, you very rarely break through to anything like recognizable development or implementation of that idea the first time around - it takes two or three goes for the research community to return to the topic."
- Martin Fleischmann
(Related: Time, Idea, Development, Community, First, Research)

"It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual."
- Alexander Fleming
(Related: Thought, Idea, Perception, First, May)

"I have a picture of an ideal consciousness."
- Henry Flynt
(Related: Consciousness)

"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
(Related: Religion, Time, People, Idea, Beginning, Harm, Nothing)

"I think we carry around the idea of being a Kid in the Hall as part of our identity. It's a big part of how we see ourselves now."
- Dave Foley
(Related: Idea, Being, Identity, Now)

"If somebody came up with a really good idea, everyone would back it. Especially when we did the show, we had a real dedication that, if you were in somebody else's scene, everyone worked their hardest to make that scene good."
- Dave Foley
(Related: Idea, Dedication)

"In search of a complete education with the ideals of trust, faith, understanding and compassion, many families are turning to the structure, discipline and academic standards of Catholic schools."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Education, Faith, Trust, Discipline, Compassion, Ideals, Schools, Understanding)

"I'm crazy about Grant: his character, his nature, his science in fighting and everything else. But I don't like the idea that he never accepted the blame for anything, always found someone else to blame for any mistake that was ever made, including blaming Prentiss for Shiloh."
- Shelby Foote
(Related: Science, Nature, Mistake, Idea, Character, Blame, Fighting)

"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
(Related: Men, Women, Soul, Ideas, Church, Mind, School)

"The reality is we talk a lot about it, but we really don't give everyone an opportunity to buy into it, and this combines both the best of Republican and Democratic ideals."
- Harold Ford
(Related: Opportunity, Ideals, Reality, Republican, Talk)

"The idea is a straightforward one. We provide an account for every newborn in America, a $500 account."
- Harold Ford
(Related: Idea, America)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Enthusiasm, Energy, Eyes, Stars, Will)

"An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous."
- Henry Ford
(Related: People)

"The ideal, it seems to me, is to show things happening and allow the reader to decide what they mean."
- John M. Ford
"There are readers who want every point to be clearly and unambiguously set forth, and there are those who want to pry ideas and meanings out for themselves."
- John M. Ford
(Related: Ideas, Want)

"I like the idea that people have formed their own opinions. And of course once people meet me or talk to me their opinion totally changes because I'm much more that girl that you hang out with than you think."
- Willa Ford
(Related: People, Idea, Opinion, Opinions, Talk)

"My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone."
- George Foreman
(Related: Life, Idea, Kids)

"I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write; to think only of my own tastes and ideals, without a thought of those of editors or publishers."
- C. S. Forester
(Related: Thought, Editors, Ideals, Resolution, Want, Word)

"I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Idea, Friend, Hope, Causes, Country, Hate)

"Ideas are fatal to caste."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Ideas)

"Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Death, Idea, Man)

"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
(Related: God, Imitation)

"No doubt these rocky islands have suggested the idea worked out in gardens, and they have been well imitated."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Idea, Doubt, Gardens, Islands)

"It is by acts and not by ideas that people live."
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
(Related: People, Ideas)

"To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic, psychologically most baffling music. He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Music, Thought, Ideas, Shakespeare)

"In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Idea, Inspiration, Word)

"I've always had this idea that I wanted movies to make people better not worse."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: Movies, People, Idea)

"First of all, it was such an honor to be chosen. You had to be voted in by players and coaches that time. But having it in Hawai'i was a brilliant idea."
- Dan Fouts
(Related: Time, Idea, Coaches, First, Honor)

"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
(Related: Idea, Chance, Order, Television, Want)

"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
(Related: Idea, Woman)

"I like the idea of giving workers control and putting their money into their personal accounts."
- Virginia Foxx
(Related: Money, Idea, Control, Giving, Workers)

"Our brave soldiers and support personnel are engaged in a battle as important as any the United States has ever before waged, for the success of democracy in Iraq is a crucial test of the ideals this Nation was founded upon."
- Virginia Foxx
(Related: Success, Battle, Democracy, Ideals, Iraq, Nation, Soldiers, states, Support, United)

"China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks."
- Virginia Foxx
(Related: Forgiveness, Government, Idea, Apparel, Banks, Manipulation, states, Trade, United)

"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."
- Anne Frank
(Related: People, Heart, Ideals, Wonder)

"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."
- Anne Frank
(Related: People, Heart, Ideals)

"I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out."
- Anne Frank
(Related: Time, Ideals, Will)

"It was also my idea that the advisory committees of the Academy should replace the legal committees of the German Reichstag, which was gradually fading into the background in the Reich."
- Hans Frank
(Related: Legal, Idea)

"We knew we?d never find someone called Rock Hard, which was our ideal name, and for a while we toyed with the idea of just creating the character but never letting him get seen."
- James Frank
(Related: Idea, Character, Name)

"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
(Related: Feelings, Idea, Thoughts)

"I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me."
- Antonia Fraser
(Related: Idea, Future, Mystery, Tomorrow)

"Even the recognition of an individual whom we see every day is only possible as the result of an abstract idea of him formed by generalization from his appearances in the past."
- James G. Frazer
(Related: Idea, Day, Past, Result)

"I wanted all my visits to be official. When I sent the pass back with a note, I had no idea it would antagonize the president. I found out years later that it did."
- Louis Freeh
(Related: Idea, President, Years)

"We have to do a film parody for Comic Relief. We can't decide which film to parody at the moment. Any ideas welcome, but not Spiderman owing to costume being too tight."
- Dawn French
(Related: Ideas, Being, Film)

"Anyone determined to find another person or group inferior can always find whole lists of grounds that demonstrate inferiority because we are all inferior to the ideals of humanness we have erected."
- Marilyn French
(Related: Inferiority, Ideals)

"Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Men, Idea)

"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
(Related: Idea, Film, School, Want, Will)

"Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment for spectators or employment for athletes."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Knowledge, Ideas, Values, Athletes, Entertainment, Students, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Character, America, Fact, Ideals, Meaning, Slavery)

"If you write songs you have an idea how they're going to sound."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Idea, Songs, Sound)

"To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Idea)

"A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with."
- James Anthony Froude
(Related: Idea)

"It was extremely important to show that Wilde's sexuality was not just some intellectual idea. It was real, and it was about the human body. To just have mentioned it and not shown it would have been, I think, peculiar and wrong."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Idea, Body, Sexuality, Wrong)

"No, I love the idea that someone changes. As an actor it's always the thing that you look for. He is someone who starts off bright, cheerful and confident and then has everything taken away from him. It's a wonderful journey to take."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Love, Idea, Actor, Journey)

"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Idea)

"This simple idea served to provide information on the geometrical shape of reacting molecules, and I was able to make the role of the frontier orbitals in chemical reactions more distinct through visualization, by drawing their diagrams."
- Kenichi Fukui
(Related: Idea, Information, Visualization)

"Once imbued with the idea of a mission, a great nation easily assumes that it has the means as well as the duty to do God's work."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Work, Idea, God, Duty, Mission, Nation)

"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
(Related: Government, Trust, Idea, Vietnam)

"My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: Ideas)

"It's not worth it, it's not about money, especially when you're dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down."
- Antoine Fuqua
(Related: Money, People, Idea, Cinema, Culture, Worth)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Acting, Famous, Girls, Rest)

"Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object."
- Henry Fuseli
(Related: Nature, Idea, Perfection)

"That's my ideal day, time with my boys."
- Kenny G
(Related: Time, Boys, Day)

"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
(Related: Music, Idea, Artist, Being, Evolution, Living)

"So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook, bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked to editors about ideas for stories. Pretty soon I found myself hired to do interviews and articles and went off and did them."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: Ideas, Artist, Editors, Pretty, Writer)

"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
(Related: Time, People, Ideas, Being, Difference, Writers)

"The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Wisdom, Ideas, Enemy, Events, March)

"Europe, which gave us the idea of same-sex marriage, is a dying society, with birthrates 50 percent below replacement."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Marriage, Society, Idea, Dying, Europe)

"It is curious how, from time immemorial, man seems to have associated the idea of evil with beauty, shrunk from it with a sort of ghostly fear, while, at the same time drawn to it by force of its hypnotic attraction."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Time, Beauty, Idea, Fear, Evil, Force, Man)

"Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founder's than any other agency in the world."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Christianity, Ideals, World)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Lonely, Satisfaction)

"Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."
- John Galsworthy
(Related: Idealism)

"What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Civilization, Idea)

"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."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Happiness, Contentment, Lies, Living, Man, Pursuit, Thinking)

"Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Being, Man, Self)

"I mean, just because you're a musician doesn't mean all your ideas are about music. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing, I get an idea about city government, and they come the way they come."
- Jerry Garcia
(Related: Government, Music, Idea, Ideas)

"Until we perceive the meaning of our past, we remain the mere carriers of ideas, like the Nomads."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Ideas, Meaning, Past)

"Houses mean a creation, something new, a shelter freed from the idea of a cave."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Idea, Creation, Houses)

"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
(Related: Life, Idea, Goal, Excellence, Man, Mediocrity, Nation, Will)

"Ideas control the world."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: Ideas, Control, World)

"Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: War, Idea, Ideas, World)

"The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: College, End)

"I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it."
- Judy Garland
(Related: Life, Idea, Trying)

"I think that it's not as crazily different, my job, from anyone else's, as people let themselves believe. I think people get wrapped up in their own idea of what it is, but it's really not that."
- Jennifer Garner
(Related: People, Idea, Job)

"Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up."
- Janeane Garofalo
(Related: History, Idea, Boston, Democrats, Man, Party, Racism, Taxes, Tea)

"I absolutely realize that a celebrity spokesperson is not ideal."
- Janeane Garofalo
(Related: Celebrity)

"The New Deal was going to redistribute the national income according to ideals of social and economic justice."
- Garet Garrett
(Related: Ideals, Income, Justice)

"An idea is a putting truth in check-mate."
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Related: Truth, Idea)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Right)

"If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?"
- Bill Gates
(Related: Idea, Years)

"Each social formation, through each of its material activities, exerts its influence upon the civic whole; and each of its ideas and ideals wins also its place and power."
- Patrick Geddes
(Related: Power, Ideas, Ideals, Influence)

"You have an idea of the way you think it is, and it's not that way at all, it's something else."
- David Geffen
(Related: Idea)

"But what we're determined to do, and what the reforms will do is to make sure this system goes back to its core purpose of taking the savings of Americans and from investors around the world and allocating those to people with an idea, not just the largest companies in the country, but to small businesses with an idea and a plan for growing."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: People, Idea, Purpose, Americans, Country, Will, World)

"What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born."
- Jean Genet
(Related: Ideas, Hatred)

"We're trying to run a 21st century society and economy with 19th century Darwinian, competitive, crude ideas."
- Susan George
(Related: Society, Ideas, Economy, Trying)

"No fashion has ever been created expressly for the lean purse or for the fat woman: the dressmaker's ideal is the thin millionaires."
- Katherine Fullerton Gerould
(Related: Fashion)

"I did the cover of Cigar Aficionado, so I'm supposed to talk about loving cigars. I've smoked them a couple of times. My father used to smoke cigars. I love the idea and the concept, and I love the smell of cigars."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Love, Father, Idea, Talk)

"My music is all about an idealistic human personality. I have 19th-century ideals."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Music, Ideals, Personality)

"I've managed to dodge the curse. Not all my family have. Of course, music helped me - music is all about civilization, about something worthwhile. It's all about ideas."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Family, Music, Civilization, Ideas)

"A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas."
- Stan Getz
(Related: Ideas, Conversation, Friends)

"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
(Related: Work, Idea, Song)

"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
(Related: Idea)

"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
(Related: Music, People, Drama, Right)

"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
(Related: Travel, Idea, Company, Writer)

"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
(Related: People, Ideas, Future, Reality, World)

"You know, even I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify. And what is that thing? And how are we to relate to it in a way that will not make us lose our minds, but, in fact, might actually keep us sane?"
- Elizabeth Gilbert
(Related: Work, Ideas, Fact, Will)

"You have no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself and how little I deserve it."
- William Gilbert
(Related: Idea, Opinion, Poor)

"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
(Related: Ideas)

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."
- Brendan Gill
(Related: Life, Idea)

"I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It's time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. It's time for us to do it ourselves and tell it like it is."
- Dizzy Gillespie
(Related: History, Time, Music, Idea, Now)

"I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange."
- Dizzy Gillespie
(Related: Ideas, Example, Force)

"We took up the offer with the BBC, and that was Monty Python's Flying Circus. I didn't have to submit my ideas to the group. I used to turn up on the days we recorded with a can of film under my arm, and in it went."
- Terry Gilliam
(Related: Ideas, Film, Flying)

"Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue."
- Hermione Gingold
(Related: Idea, Fighting, Tongue, Woman)

"The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Money, Idea, Argument)

"Punk rock really came out of N.Y. as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing."
- Greg Ginn
(Related: Idea, Interest, Philosophy, Punk)

"I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Work, Circumstances, Limits, Opposition)

"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
(Related: Experience, Sympathy, Ideas, Desire, Freedom, Generations, Loyalty, Order)

"Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied."
- Arnold H. Glasgow
(Related: Ideas, Action)

"No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated."
- Ellen Glasgow
(Related: Idea, Will)

"An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."
- Arnold H. Glasow
(Related: Idea, Action, Will)

"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
(Related: Movies, People, Ideas)

"Every day of my life I walk with the idea that I am black, no matter how successful I am. And our success is tempered by that; you're successful in this way given the fact you are black, and most blacks don't get to that point."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Life, Success, Idea, Successful, Day, Fact)

"Every day of my life I walk with the idea I am black no matter how successful I am."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Life, Idea, Successful, Day)

"The real artist has no idea that he is sacrificing himself for art. He does what he does for one reason and one reason only-he can't help doing it."
- Alma Gluck
(Related: Art, Idea, Artist, Help, Reason)

"I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas."
- Jean-Luc Godard
(Related: Money, Ideas, American, Cinema, Pity)

"The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea."
- Jean-Luc Godard
(Related: Truth, Idea, Terror)

"What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It's about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it's something that people have wanted forever."
- Seth Godin
(Related: People, Ideas, Leading, Years)

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Ideas, Words)

"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Ideas, Winning, May)

"The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: People, Present)

"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Ideas, Enthusiasm, Perseverance, World)

"For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Ideas, Word)

"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
(Related: Experience, Idea, Agriculture, Land, Man)

"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
(Related: People, Idea, Provocative, Universe, World)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Character, American, Chaos, Mind, Radical, Result, Taste)

"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
(Related: Time, Idea, Beginning, Law)

"Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Caution, Mankind, World)

"Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Caution, Mankind, World)

"A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Feelings, Ideas, Simplicity)

"Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Work, Thought, Idea, Ideas, Difference)

"I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it."
- Samuel Goldwyn
(Related: Idea)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Time, Idea)

"The Deep South has a completely different history, both good and bad, that is fascinating for everybody. It makes people work together who usually don't, and that sounds like a cliche in so many ways, but it actually happened... and it happened because of a beautiful idea."
- Genevieve Gorder
(Related: Work, History, People, Idea, Deep)

"I had the idea for the show like a year and a half, two years ago. And it was all about the things that I didn't like about TV. I was trying to create a positive solution for it. And it actually worked."
- Genevieve Gorder
(Related: Idea, Positive, Solution, Trying, Years)

"I just happened to start playing music for the conceptual ideas."
- Kim Gordon
(Related: Music, Ideas)

"I have a really hard time writing my own lyrics for this record, because one, I had to write so many and also I was kind of perplexed by the idea of how I was going to sing and play... because at that time, we hadn't really thought about asking someone else."
- Kim Gordon
(Related: Time, Thought, Idea, Play, Writing)

"Hollywood has the idea that movies have to be dumb. But especially movies for or about teenagers have to be really dumb!"
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Movies, Idea, Dumb, Hollywood, Teenagers)

"I will be the focal point for however long I decide to play. Half of me likes that idea and half of me doesn't, but once the adrenaline kicks in, I'll probably really enjoy it."
- Martin Gore
(Related: Idea, Play, Will)

"It was an idea we had when Al was in the Senate - to organize and moderate an annual conference that would look at government policy through the lens of the family to help identify ways that the family can be supported and strengthened."
- Tipper Gore
(Related: Family, Government, Policy, Idea, Help, Senate)

"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
(Related: Death, Idea, Control, Fun, Suicide)

"Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them."
- Charles Gounod
(Related: Ideas, Butterflies, Mind)

"Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds."
- Remy de Gourmont
(Related: Lie, Ideas)

"Thinking is hard work. One can't bear burdens and ideas at the same time."
- Remy de Gourmont
(Related: Time, Work, Ideas, Hard work, Thinking)

"Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds."
- Remy de Gourmont
(Related: Lie, Ideas)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Logic, Man, Nothing, Pleasure, Reason)

"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
(Related: Heart, Ideas, Thoughts, Months, Trying)

"Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats."
- Sue Grafton
(Related: Ideas, Execution, Sheep)

"One of the things I like about the show is it redefines the idea of what it is to be a mother, which at its most basic level is to take care of a child. It doesn't mean you have to look like the ladies in the Lysol commercials."
- Lauren Graham
(Related: Mother, Idea, Care, Ladies)

"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
(Related: Politics, Senate)

"Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as 'suits'."
- Paul Graham
(Related: Business, Ideas)

"You have to work with the ideas and give them a little push."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Work, Ideas)

"I had my own musical ideas that Mick helped me with as well."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Ideas)

"A lot of times Mick will play me different things, or I'll listen to a cassette, and out of twenty ideas or whatever, I'll find two or three that are just blowing me away, and we'll start working on them right away."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Ideas, Play, Right, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Idea)

"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
(Related: Life, Time, Idea, Perception, Information)

"They want more production and they want it cheaper. But no matter what happens, the creative idea will be perpetuated by somebody who comes up with a vision. I don't care if there are three ceos - it takes one guy with an idea."
- Joe Grant
(Related: Idea, Vision, Care, Production, Want, Will)