Quotes and Sayings about Ideas



"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"I want to do nothing chic, I want to have ideas before beginning a piece."
- Georges Bizet
(Related: Ideas, Beginning, Nothing, Want)

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

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

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

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"Whenever ideas fail, men invent words."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Men, Ideas, Words)

"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)

"No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Idea, Ideas)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"Ideas are fatal to caste."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Ideas)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: Ideas)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 just happened to start playing music for the conceptual ideas."
- Kim Gordon
(Related: Music, Ideas)

"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)

"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)

"Yes. I was the first female colonel. I enjoyed being that kind of role model for young women watching the show. A woman can be a colonel! A woman can be in charge! Those were new ideas then."
- Erin Gray
(Related: Women, Ideas, Being, First, Woman)

"I think people with open minds will observe the way we do things and realize that our goal is to have successful, happy, productive adults, and they will take our ideas and implement them elsewhere for their own children."
- Daniel Greenberg
(Related: People, Successful, Ideas, Goal, Children, Open, Will)

"If I'd had more time or been a better writer, I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel. But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web."
- Philip Greenspun
(Related: Time, Ideas, Writer)

"The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are not crowded by original ideas."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Age, Ideas)

"This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Ideas, Arrogance, Nothing, Quest)

"Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Thought, Idea, Ideas, Thoughts)

"The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas."
- Alfred Whitney Griswold
(Related: Ideas)

"In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas."
- Alfred Whitney Griswold
(Related: History, Ideas)

"Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail."
- Alfred Whitney Griswold
(Related: Ideas, Books)

"It also is true that some ideas naturally work themselves out over a longer period of time than a single human life can encompass."
- James Gunn
(Related: Life, Time, Work, Ideas)

"One should be willing to throw away a dozen ideas to come up with a good one, just as one should throw away a dozen words to come up with the right one."
- James Gunn
(Related: Ideas, Right, Words)

"As the middle begins to feel safe enough to accept some of the so-called radical thinking, ideas move to the middle and a new edge is created."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Ideas, Radical, Thinking)

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

"I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Ideas, Actors, Want)

"Every phenomenon of nature was a word, - the sign, symbol and pledge of a new, mysterious, inexpressible but all the more intimate union, participation and community of divine energies and ideas."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Nature, Ideas, Community, Participation, Symbol, Word)

"A technical solution may be defined as one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Change, Morality, Ideas, Values, May, Nothing, Solution)

"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas."
- G. H. Hardy
(Related: Ideas)

"Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not."
- G. H. Hardy
(Related: Ideas, Will)

"A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas."
- Godfrey Harold Hardy
(Related: Ideas)

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

"You get ideas from other people all the time."
- Jared Harris
(Related: Time, People, Ideas)

"Ideas have unhinged the gates of empires."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Ideas)

"There are no original ideas. There are only original people."
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Related: People, Ideas)

"Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people."
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Related: People, Ideas)

"In comparison with other men of their time, the Americans were distinguished by the possession of new political and social ideas, which were destined to be the foundation of the American commonwealth."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Men, Time, Ideas, American, Americans, Possession)

"As scientists, we keep an open mind, but we have to base our ideas about the past on archaeological evidence."
- Zahi Hawass
(Related: Ideas, Mind, Open, Past, Scientists)

"The ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are in fact mere revivals of ancient errors, and a further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it."
- Henry Hazlitt
(Related: Ideas, Errors, Fact, Now, Past, Proof)

"Ideas move rapidly when their time comes."
- Carolyn Heilbrun
(Related: Time, Ideas)

"In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Ideas, Fight, Newspapers)

"I will commit myself to making this state an even greater place to live, work and raise a family. I intend to reach out from border to border to hear first-hand from our citizens about their thoughts, concerns and ideas for our state."
- Dave Heineman
(Related: Work, Family, Ideas, Thoughts, First, State, Will)

"We finally found out the technique of separating and getting information about where every train would be at any moment. Of course, I went over budget many times, because - as you go along - some things improved, and you get better ideas."
- John Hench
(Related: Ideas, Information)

"For instance, some early ideas for Florida were done only recently. The idea of a little village was there from the beginning and now we have this "Celebration" village. Same thing for the Disney Institute. Walt talked about this idea in the very first."
- John Hench
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Beginning, Disney, First, Now)

"I am, first of all, a Christian and, secondly, a person with very very serious personal opinion, so I'm motivated by many many things and, certainly, not by the need or desire to satisfy other people's ideas of who I am."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: People, Ideas, Christian, Desire, First, Opinion)

"I leave a lot open so I can fill it in later. If I don't have any ideas right away, I can fill it in later."
- Jaime Hernandez
(Related: Ideas, Open, Right)

"Only the ideas that we really live have any value."
- Hermann Hesse
(Related: Ideas, Value)

"I believe scientists have a duty to share the excitement and pleasure of their work with the general public, and I enjoy the challenge of presenting difficult ideas in an understandable way."
- Antony Hewish
(Related: Work, Ideas, Challenge, Duty, Excitement, Pleasure, Public, Scientists)

"Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication - particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials."
- Thor Heyerdahl
(Related: People, Civilization, Inspiration, Ideas, Beginning, Communication, Sea)

"Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas."
- Bill Hicks
(Related: Ideas, Revolution)

"Our gloomy Presbyterian ideas encourage fear of God, not love for him."
- Daniel H. Hill
(Related: Love, God, Fear, Ideas)

"I have come up with very creative ideas that really didn't work with the song I was currently composing."
- Ken Hill
(Related: Work, Ideas, Song)

"Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Ideas, Eyes, Light, Order)

"One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Life, Feelings, Ideas, Beliefs, Harmony, Measure)

"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Imagination, Thought, Ideas, Beginning, First, Reality, Will)

"Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Ideas, Beginning)

"We can't change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently."
- James Hillman
(Related: Change, Ideas)

"I don't think anything changes until ideas change. The usual American viewpoint is to believe that something is wrong with the person."
- James Hillman
(Related: Change, Ideas, American, Wrong)

"My characters are fictional. I get ideas from real people, sometimes, but my characters always exist only in my head."
- S. E. Hinton
(Related: People, Ideas)

"One of the ideas behind doing this acoustic record is that I didn't want to have to produce it by committee."
- Robyn Hitchcock
(Related: Ideas, Committee, Want)

"Then we tried to come up with ideas for the sketches, and then, when we actually shot the movie, we really just sat down - never previewed the movie - we just really winged it."
- Joel Hodgson
(Related: Ideas)

"Not only has this subject been long associated with the ideas of thinking men over the ages but its practical importance is attested to by the huge resources of men and material thrown into this type of work."
- Robert Hofstadter
(Related: Men, Work, Ideas, Importance, Thinking)

"When our minds as people normally starts to wrap around things, we start to attach all these ideas to it that really aren't that necessary to the core of it, if you just experience it and kind of go through it."
- Josh Holloway
(Related: Experience, People, Ideas)

"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Ideas, Mind)

"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Ideas, Mind)

"To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one's own moral aesthetic preferences."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Ideas, Being)

"Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books."
- bell hooks
(Related: Life, Ideas, Books)

"Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free."
- Douglas Horton
(Related: Ideas)

"Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years. Technologists are providing almost religious visions, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture."
- Eric Horvitz
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Past, Religious, Visions, Years)

"Never the less, at the age of fifteen, having never seen a writer, a poet, a publisher or a magazine editor, and having only the vaguest ideas of procedure, I began working on the profession I had chosen."
- Robert E. Howard
(Related: Age, Ideas, Profession, Writer)

"The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Genius, Ideas, Man)

"One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Ideas, Army)

"Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Ideas, Facts, Mankind)

"Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Architecture, Thought, Ideas, Race, Religious, Symbol)

"One problem with ideas, however valid, is that they are static and impersonal, whereas a person is active and dynamic."
- William Hull
(Related: Ideas)

"There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it."
- David Hume
(Related: Nature, Ideas, Emotions, Human nature, Present, Remarkable)

"If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Work, Thought, Ideas, Hard work, Man)

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

"The hardest thing is the idea. Ideas come from somewhere but as far as we know they come from nowhere."
- Ian Hunter
(Related: Idea, Ideas)

"This is the marketplace of political ideas. This is how America operates. It's a free market. It's free-wheeling. From the outside, it looks unpredictable. There's a circus-like free market."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Ideas, America)

"My sense is that we're ready for another industrial revolution in this country. The great minds and innovators of Silicon Valley would come through China and say, The pipeline is full of ideas - there's personalized medicine, biotechnology, new forms to power ourselves, clean energy, etc., etc."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Power, Ideas, Country, Energy, Revolution, Medicine, Sense)

"There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: Time, Ideas, Values, Actors, Past, Understanding)

"God help us from those who believe that they are the sole possessors of truth. How we manage at times to agree willingly to become prisoners within our own minds and souls of beliefs and ideas on which we can never be flexible."
- King Hussein I
(Related: God, Truth, Ideas, Beliefs, Help)

"A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals."
- Robert M. Hutchins
(Related: Ideas, Communication, Community, Ideals, Tradition, Understanding, World)

"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere."
- Lee Iacocca
(Related: Ideas)

"Myself, I don't think you will ever get security in the Mideast until you have what on the surface appears to be fair to both sides. You have to have leaders committed to peace, on both sides. One side can't impose a solution."
- Bobby R. Inman
(Related: Peace, Leaders, Security, Solution, Will)

"The need to help spread democracy and the ability to do that will be much greater if we break this addiction to oil, which gives the oil princes and sultans the power in the Mideast."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: Power, Ability, Addiction, Democracy, Help, Oil, Will)

"Unfortunately, bureaucratic problems at the federal level are causing many other small Washington companies to be denied federal funding that would help transfer their ideas from their laboratories into our homes and hospitals."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: Ideas, Help, Hospitals, Problems, Washington)

"The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: History, Life, Nature, Time, Experience, Ideas, Possibility, Maturity, Reason, Treatment)

"The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Ideas, Americans, Beliefs, Censorship, Competition, Constitution, Debate, Democracy, First, Free speech, Rights)

"Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Creativity, Future, Past)

"We entered the 20th century trying to deal with three ideas purporting to define or describe or explain three spheres of action, development and conflict: Darwin on the natural world, Freud on the internal world, Marx on the economic world."
- Bruce Jackson
(Related: Development, Ideas, Action, Trying, World)

"Ideas are, in truth, force."
- Henry James
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Force)

"The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives."
- William James
(Related: Men, Ideas)

"I'm not talking ideas, or even presentation. It's like in politics: You have to sell something to become an electric player - like your skin or your heart."
- Keith Jarrett
(Related: Heart, Ideas, Skin, Talking)

"Thank goodness we don't live in medieval times, when people fought wars over ideas."
- Wojciech Jaruzelski
(Related: People, Ideas, Goodness)

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Ideas, Man)

"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Ideas, Nothing, Wrong)

"New ideas should confront old ideas. We must refer to the example of Europe. People have fought to make Europe what it is today. Freedom is not something that is served up on a plate."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: People, Ideas, Europe, Example, Freedom, Old, Today)

"My dream remains to inform and entertain through fiction in the form of novels and movies that compete in the marketplace of ideas."
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Related: Movies, Dream, Ideas, Fiction)

"The older ideas are rendering more and more bland music."
- Tom Jenkinson
(Related: Music, Ideas)

"Yeah, my drum programming especially is based on my knowledge of playing a drum kit. For the bass too, definitely. It was the first thing that I translated any sort of ideas through. It must have shaped it somehow."
- Tom Jenkinson
(Related: Knowledge, Ideas, First, Programming)

"Whereas you have someone like Houdini, who works really, really hard to get really, really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas that he puts into the culture that stay there."
- Penn Jillette
(Related: Ideas, Culture, Famous)

"To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines."
- Steve Jobs
(Related: Ideas, Company, Years)

"I think that many of my ideas are correct, but I'll bet you, before my death other discoveries will be made that will prompt me to alter various ideas I have about human evolution."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Death, Ideas, Evolution, Will)

"One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space."
- Jasper Johns
(Related: Ideas, Space)

"I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason."
- Jasper Johns
(Related: Business, Ideas, Reason, World)

"The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas."
- Boris Johnson
(Related: Truth, People, Ideas)

"The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom."
- Lady Bird Johnson
(Related: Ideas, Freedom, Sound)

"Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition."
- Magic Johnson
(Related: People, Idea, Ideas, Competition, Research)

"Words are but the signs of ideas."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Ideas, Words)

"The attitude and capacity of the factory, the old metal table and the new ideas of the wooden furniture quickly and naturally suggested the possibility of metal furniture."
- Donald Judd
(Related: Ideas, Attitude, Possibility, Old)

"I address myself to the Communists, to those Communists who were prompted to join the Party by the progressive ideas of mankind and socialism, and not by selfish personal interests - let us represent our pure and just ideas by pure and just means."
- Janos Kadar
(Related: Ideas, Mankind, Party, Socialism)

"There are some who are scared by unity and by building a country on the basis of ideas."
- Paul Kagame
(Related: Ideas, Building, Country, Unity)

"New ideas in technology are literally a dime-a-dozen, or cheaper than that."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Technology, Ideas)

"We can't live any more in a world which is based on stuff and not ideas. If you want to live with the world of stuff, we're all doomed."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Ideas, Want, World)

"A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That's how the patent office defines it. That's an invention."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Ideas, Invention, Office)

"Although Bill Finger literally typed the scripts in the early days, he wrote the scripts from ideas that we mutually collaborated on. Many of the unique concepts and story twists also came from my own fertile imagination."
- Bob Kane
(Related: Imagination, Ideas)

"Leaders must pick causes they won't abandon easily, remain committed despite setbacks, and communicate their big ideas over and over again in every encounter."
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
(Related: Ideas, Causes, Leaders)

"All ideas grow out of other ideas."
- Anish Kapoor
(Related: Ideas)

"I was trying to figure out what to do next, I'd been accumulating ideas for productivity tools - software people could use every day, particularly to help organize their lives."
- Mitch Kapor
(Related: People, Ideas, Day, Help, Productivity, Software, Tools, Trying)

"To me, thoughts are fun and art is fun. The strength of our society should not be idle entertainments but the joy of pursuing ideas."
- Philip Kaufman
(Related: Art, Society, Ideas, Strength, Thoughts, Fun, Joy)

"Well, you sort of get out of the pool room, you get out of the Marine Corps, you get out and read some literature, you become involved with people who also want to know and are ready to share some ideas about literature and thoughts, and it becomes nourished that way."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: People, Ideas, Thoughts, Literature, Want)

"College isn't the place to go for ideas."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Ideas, College)

"Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Ideas, Skin)

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Truth, People, Ideas, Values, American, Facts, Falsehood, Nation, Open)

"Today, our economy is about an economy of ideas."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Ideas, Economy, Today)

"The internet has become such a great tool not just for chefs but for everyone. The net has given everyone the tools to see and almost experience new and different ideas."
- Graham Kerr
(Related: Experience, Ideas, Internet, Tools)

"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress."
- Charles Kettering
(Related: Time, Progress, Ideas, Present)

"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Ideas, Difficulty, Lies, Old)

"The disruptive powers of excessive national fecundity may have played a greater part in bursting the bonds of convention than either the power of ideas or the errors of autocracy."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Power, Ideas, Errors, May)

"It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Ideas, Evil)

"Ideas shape the course of history."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: History, Ideas)

"Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Age, Ideas, Commerce, End, Want, Will, Wonder, World)

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

"I think the varied backgrounds in the beginning were a plus. It took a while for people to understand what they were trying to do and get started, but it did provide for a lot of new ideas."
- Jack Kilby
(Related: People, Ideas, Beginning, Trying)

"Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong."
- Richard King
(Related: Ideas, Censorship, Words, Wrong)

"Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off."
- Richard King
(Related: Ideas, Censorship, May, Opinion)

"Finally, I want to make the point that we are Republicans. We are the majority. It is going to be a little more difficult because we have to govern and come up with ideas."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Ideas, Majority, Republicans, Want)

"I welcome the Democrats' ideas on Social Security. I think it is very important to make a bipartisan reform."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Ideas, Democrats, Reform, Security)

"I think Social Security should be bipartisan and it should transcend the next election, and you should get the best ideas of the Democrats and of the Republicans, and move forward with the best."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Ideas, Democrats, Republicans, Security)

"To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world - that I am able to change it in positive ways."
- Maxine Hong Kingston
(Related: Change, Success, Ideas, Positive, Values, World)

"A good artist has less time than ideas."
- Martin Kippenberger
(Related: Time, Ideas, Artist)

"I'm sure Church got some of his ideas from this trip to Europe."
- Stephen Cole Kleene
(Related: Ideas, Church, Europe)

"You're trying to find new ideas in people. I always think to myself, what question I am least comfortable asking the person? And then I make sure I ask it early in the interview."
- Chuck Klosterman
(Related: People, Ideas, Question, Trying)

"The only folk I can judge are people like Woody Allen who I think is a genius, largely because I think he has beaten the system. He has his own company, and his films are all his own ideas. It's his direction, and so it comes out the way he imagined it."
- Nigel Kneale
(Related: Genius, People, Ideas, Company, Direction, Folk)

"Germany must be a country which generates political ideas and leadership, which is capable of compromise, which is sovereign and yet knows that it needs its partners on both sides of the Atlantic."
- Horst Koehler
(Related: Leadership, Ideas, Compromise, Country, Germany, Needs)

"Even as we pour hundreds of billions of dollars into our efforts in the Middle East, there is much that needs to be done to win the war of ideas in the Muslim world and beyond."
- Herb Kohl
(Related: War, Ideas, Muslim, Needs, World)

"I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming."
- Ted Koppel
(Related: Ideas, Programming, Years)

"No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Ideas, Ability)

"Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Time, Ideas, Ability, Skill, Writer)

"I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Ideas, Fame, Public, Trying)

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

"It was pretty much the way that it was when I first read it, although one exception would be that some ideas that I had were also incorporated into the script."
- Chiaki Kuriyama
(Related: Ideas, First, Pretty)

"I believe in nurturing creativity and offering a haven for creators, enabling them to develop their ideas to the fullest. With more and more talented creators being drawn to Cirque in an environment that fulfills them, these are ideal to continue developing great new shows."
- Guy Laliberte
(Related: Ideas, Creativity, Being, Environment)

"I don't know if we'd have been as dominant as we were last season. The new things, the new ideas the manager brought in everyone took them on board so well. He is special."
- Frank Lampard
(Related: Manager, Ideas)

"Its not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas."
- Edwin Land
(Related: Ideas, Old)

"Over the course of time this gave us a deep respect for ideas, both our own and those of others, and an understanding that conflict through debate is a powerful means of revealing truth."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Time, Truth, Ideas, Conflict, Debate, Deep, Respect, Understanding)

"Another important aspect of our home was respect for ideas."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Home, Ideas, Respect)

"I wanted more in depth ideas about the character and it never came."
- Nicholas Lea
(Related: Ideas, Character)

"Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult."
- Stephen Leacock
(Related: Ideas, Simplicity, Writing)

"When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools."
- Michael LeBoeuf
(Related: Time, Thought, Ideas, Attention, Focus, Tools)

"Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: People, Ideas, Talk, Wine)

"In a war of ideas it is people who get killed."
- Stanislaw Lec
(Related: War, People, Ideas)

"No, but it's not because I'm getting older that I'm trying to accelerate. But something very curious is happening: The older I get, the more ideas I'm getting."
- Patrice Leconte
(Related: Ideas, Trying)

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

"When a truth is necessary, the reason for it can be found by analysis, that is, by resolving it into simpler ideas and truths until the primary ones are reached."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Reason)

"It can have its effect only through the intervention of God, inasmuch as in the ideas of God a monad rightly demands that God, in regulating the rest from the beginning of things, should have regard to itself."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: God, Ideas, Beginning, Effect, Rest)

"Finally there are simple ideas of which no definition can be given; there are also axioms or postulates, or in a word primary principles, which cannot be proved and have no need of proof."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Ideas, Principles, Proof, Word)

"I like to have books around to give me ideas-to get the verbal part of my brain to start working."
- Sean Lennon
(Related: Ideas, Books)

"Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred."
- Daniel De Leon
(Related: Heart, Progress, Ideas, Capitalism, Old, Traditions)

"The problem of freedom in America is that of maintaining a competition of ideas, and you do not achieve that by silencing one brand of idea."
- Max Lerner
(Related: Idea, Ideas, America, Competition, Freedom)

"Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Power, Ideas, Doubt)

"A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Time, Ideas, Character, Defense, Needs)

"Also, since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa."
- Sol LeWitt
(Related: Art, Work, Idea, Ideas, Being)

"You shouldn't be a prisoner of your own ideas."
- Sol LeWitt
(Related: Ideas)

"Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source."
- Willy Ley
(Related: Ideas, Rivers)

"True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual, but the establishment of the reality and truth is in general the work of more than one person."
- Willard Libby
(Related: Work, Truth, Ideas, Reality)

"Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Genius, Ideas)

"Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old - old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases we have to DO something."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Genius, Ideas, Thoughts, Being, Beliefs, Habits, Old, Want)

"Poverty does not make people terrorists, but terrorists can exploit the frustration it creates and use it as a breeding-ground for violent ideas."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: People, Ideas, Breeding, Frustration, Poverty)

"It was a turning point in the sense that as a scene, we can up with a lot of new ideas."
- Arto Lindsay
(Related: Ideas, Sense)

"Certainly since then many people have taken a lot of those ideas and ridden them for years and years and made careers out of them. Part of that is willingness to do the kind of work that I wasn't willing to do. Get into a van and cover the country."
- Arto Lindsay
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Careers, Country, Years)

"You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them."
- Vachel Lindsay
(Related: Ideas)

"Yes, I backed the hula hoop. And I had a lot of other people come to me with ideas that turned out well."
- Art Linkletter
(Related: People, Ideas)

"A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense."
- Franz Liszt
(Related: Quality, Ideas, Common sense)

"When we were talking about this, an idea for this master vigilante, it was an urban guerilla. One of my ideas was that he would be a member of the police force who turned on the government."
- David Lloyd
(Related: Government, Idea, Ideas, Force, Police, Talking)

"Alan was always interested in politics in a major way. He actually believes that anarchy is a politically viable system, but I don't. I was always interested in putting forward the ideas that represented my viewpoint. I feel the same about anything I'm doing."
- David Lloyd
(Related: Politics, Ideas, Anarchy)

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

"Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding."
- John Locke
(Related: Ideas, Mind, Reflection, Reverie, Understanding)

"I fancy that no good ideas upon that campaign will be mentioned at any time that did not receive their share of consideration by General Lee."
- James Longstreet
(Related: Time, Ideas, Consideration, Fancy, Will)

"There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt."
- Audre Lorde
(Related: Ideas)

"The platform we had in Dallas, the 1984 Republican platform, all the ideas we supported there - from tax policy, to foreign policy; from individual rights, to neighborhood security - are things that Jefferson Davis and his people believed in."
- Trent Lott
(Related: People, Policy, Ideas, Foreign policy, Rights, Tax, Republican, Security)

"I'll know when the ideas aren't fresh anymore. And I'll know when writing doesn't give me a thrill anymore."
- Brian Lumley
(Related: Ideas, Writing)

"The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you're dead."
- David Lynch
(Related: Ideas)

"The danger is that if you have a bunch of ideas that you forget to use."
- Adrian Lyne
(Related: Ideas, Danger, Forget)

"So on my screenplay, on the left-hand side of the page, I will put all the ideas that refer to the scene next to it so I have some sort of pictorial reference."
- Adrian Lyne
(Related: Ideas, Will)

"A major fault, for example, is the fact that, along with the materialist principle, Darwin introduced into his theory of evolution reactionary Malthusian ideas."
- Trofim Lysenko
(Related: Ideas, Evolution, Example, Fact, Fault, Theory)

"It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa."
- Wangari Maathai
(Related: Ideas, Difference)

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

"As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound."
- Harold MacMillan
(Related: Ideas, Liberals, Sound)

"We are afraid of ideas, of experimenting, of change. We shrink from thinking a problem through to a logical conclusion."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Change, Ideas, Thinking)

"No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Experience, Imagination, Thought, Knowledge, Ideas, May, Trying)

"History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: History, Society, People, Ideas, Prison)

"I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas - I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Ideas, Day)

"When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Work, Ideas, Reading)

"It can certainly happen that characters in more sophisticated stories can "take over" as they develop and change the author's original ideas. Well, it certainly happens to me at times."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Change, Ideas)

"I think I am too interested in my own ideas to copy anyone else's, but I find that other people's imagery, the flow of language in the outside world, games with words, and ideas about relationships are all most important to me."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: People, Ideas, Games, Language, Relationships, Words, World)

"Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive."
- Nicolas Malebranche
(Related: Ideas, Eyes, Light, Order)

"You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words."
- Stephane Mallarme
(Related: Ideas, Words)

"I used to want to be a children's writer, because I would have all these great ideas when I was little, and I'd write them and draw them, and turn them into class."
- Jena Malone
(Related: Ideas, Children, Class, Want, Writer)

"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act."
- Andre Malraux
(Related: Successful, Ideas, Courage, Failure, Act, Difference, Risk)

"We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Happiness, Life, Ideas, Courage, Act, Living, Risk)

"Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Successful, Ideas, Courage, Failure, Act, Difference, Man, Risk)

"I tend to not want to put labels or categories on the music, only because people come with preconceived ideas about what they're going to hear, or won't come for this reason."
- Chuck Mangione
(Related: Music, People, Ideas, Reason, Want)

"There is no better way of elevating the novel than by making it into a construct which contains ideas."
- Heinrich Mann
(Related: Ideas)

"It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: Equality, Society, Ideas, Democracy, Fact, Freedom)

"What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: History, Life, Ideas)

"To describe and explain my ideas is to lose them."
- Marino Marini
(Related: Ideas)

"Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun."
- Don Marquis
(Related: Ideas, Instinct)

"I would like new people with new ideas to come into it and change it."
- Neville Marriner
(Related: Change, People, Ideas)

"Others go to bed with their mistresses; I with my ideas."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Ideas, Bed)

"Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Ideas, May, Objectives, Obstacles)

"A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Soul, Ideas)

"A soul occupied with great ideas performs small duties."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Soul, Ideas)

"Men's ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Men, Ideas, State)

"The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Age, Ideas, Class)

"The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Time, Society, Ideas, Class, Force)

"Very often, if I know the orchestra doesn't know a piece or it's a new piece, I have main ideas about it. But then we start to play and I never talk about places where they played so beautiful and so clear in the beginning that there is nothing to say."
- Kurt Masur
(Related: Ideas, Beginning, Nothing, Play, Talk)

"Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express."
- James C. Maxwell
(Related: Ideas, Language, Mathematicians, May)

"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself."
- Rollo May
(Related: Ideas, Being, Will)

"Facts, according to my ideas, are merely the elements of truths, and not the truths themselves; of all matters there are none so utterly useless by themselves as your mere matters of fact."
- Henry Mayhew
(Related: Ideas, Fact, Facts)

"So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course."
- Thom Mayne
(Related: Ideas, Existence)

"The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art."
- Thom Mayne
(Related: Art, Society, Ideas, Ignorance)

"The multiplicity of ideas is what I'm interested in."
- Thom Mayne
(Related: Ideas, Multiplicity)

"In doing everything, from coming up with the ideas and putting them on paper till doing the final edits, you are always thinking the next three steps, you're always thinking what next, what next, what next?"
- Andrew McCarthy
(Related: Ideas, Thinking)

"One of the main things I do is focus on ideas and what stories we decide to tell, but probably the biggest part of my job I'd say is working on the storyboards."
- Craig McCracken
(Related: Ideas, Focus, Job)

"A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on."
- William McFee
(Related: Ideas, Man)

"One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Purpose, Strength, Ignorance, Prudence)

"All we did was to sit around, collect some ideas, wait and see what's going to happen. That was it."
- Mark McGrath
(Related: Ideas)

"I always feel more comfortable in chaotic surroundings. I don't know why that is. I think order is dull. There is something about this kind of desire for order, particularly in Anglo Saxon cultures, that drive out this ability for the streets to become a really exotic, amorphous, chaotic, organic place where ideas can, basically, develop."
- Malcolm Mclaren
(Related: Ideas, Ability, Desire, Order)

"I think that the Internet - and I do love the free flow of ideas on the 'Net - is like the wild west of the information world."
- Vince McMahon
(Related: Love, Ideas, Information, Internet, World)

"British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage."
- Alexander McQueen
(Related: Ideas, Commerce, Fashion, Self)

"You see a lot of good ideas or well-written scripts that are bad ideas."
- John McTiernan
(Related: Ideas)

"To find a script that works with provocative ideas is hard to find."
- John McTiernan
(Related: Ideas, Provocative)

"In the government schools, which are referred to as public schools, Indian policy has been instituted there, and its a policy where they do not encourage, in fact, discourage, critical thinking and the creation of ideas and public education."
- Russell Means
(Related: Education, Government, Policy, Ideas, Creation, Fact, Public, Schools, Thinking)

"Dinosaurs was a cool idea, but we just couldn't find a way to make it really fun. We've got a bunch of great game ideas that we want to bring to life over the next several years."
- Sid Meier
(Related: Life, Idea, Ideas, Fun, Want, Years)

"Strong men have sound ideas and the force to make these ideas effective."
- Andrew Mellon
(Related: Men, Ideas, Force, Sound)

"To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!"
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Men, Idea, Ideas)

"Healthy ideas of both left and right, along with totally new ideas, must form a growing united front."
- Tom Metzger
(Related: Ideas, Right, United)

"The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Politics, Ideas)

"I thought I had swell ideas, and wonderful musicians, but the hell of it, no one else did."
- Glenn Miller
(Related: Thought, Ideas, Hell, Musicians)

"We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets - we remember only."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Music, Ideas, Mind)

"I like to connect to people in the virtual world, exchanging thoughts and ideas, when in the physical world we might never have the opportunity to cross paths."
- Demi Moore
(Related: People, Opportunity, Ideas, Thoughts, World)

"A lot of the lyrical ideas do have a lot of meaning in a way, although it is somewhat abstracted."
- Thurston Moore
(Related: Ideas, Meaning)

"Together with script writers Syd green and Dick Hills, we worked on the comedy ideas for this series."
- Eric Morecambe
(Related: Ideas, Comedy, Writers)

"The way I create music is maybe like a painting, to compose in a more visual way. Basically it's the music that I want to hear- that's my inspiration and bottom line. I just try to get ideas from books, movies, paintings."
- Ikue Mori
(Related: Music, Movies, Inspiration, Ideas, Books, Painting, Want)

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

"Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism."
- Bill Moyers
(Related: Politics, Ideas, Idealism)

"When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly."
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Related: Ideas, Night, Sleep, Traveling, Walking)

"The cooperation of the two retina in one field of vision, whatever is its cause, must rather be the source of all the ideas to which single or double vision may give rise."
- Johannes P. Muller
(Related: Ideas, Vision, Cause, Cooperation, May)

"In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved."
- Rupert Murdoch
(Related: People, Ideas, Hope, Example, Excitement)

"Sometimes a serendipitous reaction occurs when a network asks you if you have any ideas for a series, at a time when your creative flow is working in that direction."
- Joe Murray
(Related: Time, Ideas, Direction, Network)

"Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information."
- Edward R. Murrow
(Related: Ideas, Importance, Information)

"Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash."
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Related: Ideas, Style)

"Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp. I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together."
- Ajay Naidu
(Related: Ideas, Acting, Culture, School, Summer)

"I did have strange ideas during certain periods of time."
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.
(Related: Time, Ideas)

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

"One of the great privileges of being a part of the Senate, it being the greatest deliberative body in the world, is out of the discussions of ideas, hopefully truth can ultimately be achieved."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Being, Body, Senate, World)

"The ideas keep going, you have the material, you cut because there's a limit to the space allowed to you. And the space is limited because of some other constraints that have to do with money or printing or whatever."
- Ted Nelson
(Related: Money, Ideas, Printing, Space)

"So, that notion of hypertext seemed to me immediately obvious because footnotes were already the ideas wriggling, struggling to get free, like a cat trying to get out of your arms."
- Ted Nelson
(Related: Ideas, Obvious, Trying)

"You have to have access to ideas. The Internet is facilitating that access to ideas. In 25 years, the way that data's going to flow back and forth, we don't quite understand yet."
- Michael Nesmith
(Related: Ideas, Internet, Years)

"I never feel like I have to hang on to the music. I don't expect that the music will go away. Ideas are the only thing I can point to that are permanent and fixed."
- Michael Nesmith
(Related: Music, Ideas, Will)

"Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it's own; if it doesn't, the thing collapses."
- Arnold Newman
(Related: Technology, Ideas, Photography)

"Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Men, Ideas, Nothing, Words)

"I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas."
- Helmut Newton
(Related: Time, Ideas, Books, Forget, Want)

"I'm interested in locating the holy grail of the minimum means to express the most complex ideas."
- Ben Nicholson
(Related: Ideas)

"I'm just interested in meditating on certain ideas, and I like to draw: that's my way of thinking."
- Ben Nicholson
(Related: Ideas, Thinking)

"Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away."
- Earl Nightingale
(Related: Ideas, Night)

"I have the instruments, ideas, technology, computer techniques. We try to create or see something, which has not been known before - just to discover something together. This is always my dream."
- Lennart Nilsson
(Related: Technology, Dream, Ideas, Computer)

"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Ideas, Living, Writing)

"If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied."
- Alfred Nobel
(Related: Ideas)

"It is, from another angle, an attack on requiring proof in philosophy. And it's also the case, I guess, that my temperament is to like interesting, new, bold ideas, and to try and generate them."
- Robert Nozick
(Related: Ideas, Philosophy, Proof, Temperament)

"I tend to arrive in the rehearsal process with very strongly developed ideas about what I want to do. But I don't like those ideas to be things that are not subject to change, or subject to development, or subject to challenge."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Change, Development, Ideas, Challenge, Want)

"If you can't fully believe in your ideas, it very quickly communicates to a group of actors who need something to hold onto. They need to believe that whatever criticism, whatever comment is received, is meant."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Ideas, Actors, Criticism)

"We are losing the democracy that we're trying to sell in the Mideast and everywhere else right here in our own nation."
- Rosie O'Donnell
(Related: Democracy, Losing, Nation, Right, Trying)

"If you don't execute your ideas, they die."
- Roger von Oech
(Related: Ideas)

"It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date."
- Roger von Oech
(Related: Ideas, Will, Years)

"The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Funny, Ideas, Jokes, Thinking)

"Night time really is the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone is asleep."
- Catherine O'Hara
(Related: Time, Work, Ideas, Night)

"I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
(Related: Ideas, Being, Thinking)

"I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
(Related: Ideas, Being, Thinking)

"What I've enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn - I love it!"
- Jamie Oliver
(Related: Food, Love, People, Ideas, Interest, Meeting, Sharing)

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

"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them."
- George Orwell
(Related: Ideas, Wrong)

"Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine. We are all as God made us and many of us much worse."
- John Osborne
(Related: God, Ideas, Heroes, May)

"While one party may possess the levers of power, one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas. Good lawmaking, after all, is about the ability to craft effective solutions."
- Bill Owens
(Related: Power, Ideas, Ability, May, Party)

"I believe in a kind of fidelity to your own early ideas; it's a kind of antagonism in me to prevailing fads."
- Grace Paley
(Related: Ideas, Fidelity)

"I'm always there at home thinking of Wallace and Gromit ideas."
- Nick Park
(Related: Home, Ideas, Thinking)

"I don't have role models or watch much TV. I go to awards ceremonies but often I don't even know who the people are. I think that's good, because then you don't have preconceived ideas about them."
- Christopher Parker
(Related: People, Ideas, Awards)

"It's probably fair to say that Obama's ideas were too big for America's appetite. It would have been nice had he made a few incremental repairs to the economy and left the transformative events for a less stressful time."
- Kathleen Parker
(Related: Time, Ideas, America, Appetite, Economy, Events)

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

"Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view, instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up what might otherwise pass unregarded by us."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Ideas, Criticism, Help, May, Theories)

"When I follow the finals of the European Cups, I look at all the aspects surrounding protocol, to get some ideas. I am interested in personalities, sponsors and the stands. But as soon as the whistle goes, it's all on the pitch."
- Michel Patini
(Related: Ideas)

"We go in there and we work on altering those ideas and in many cases go in different directions."
- Les Paul
(Related: Work, Ideas)

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
- Linus Pauling
(Related: Idea, Ideas)

"The English approach to ideas is not to kill them, but to let them die of neglect."
- Jeremy Paxman
(Related: Ideas, English, Neglect)

"We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making."
- Joseph Chilton Pearce
(Related: Ideas)

"The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas."
- Leonard Peikoff
(Related: Men, Ideas, Majority)

"Exchange ideas frequently."
- James Cash Penney
(Related: Ideas)

"Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all."
- Pericles
(Related: Power, Knowledge, Ideas)

"Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them."
- Alan Perlis
(Related: Ideas)

"When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas."
- Evita Peron
(Related: Ideas, Poor)

"We've got the wind at our back right now. Americans are waking up to the realities of their previous choices. We must keep America moving back to preeminence because our values and conservative ideas are the world's greatest hope."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Ideas, Hope, Values, America, Americans, Choices, Conservative, Now, Right, Waking, Wind, World)

"If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something - a character sketch, a monologue, a description of some sight, or even just a list of ideas."
- Thomas Perry
(Related: Ideas, Character, Project, Sight)

"A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission."
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Ignorance, Needs, Press, World)

"But in a broader sense, when I have more control, I want to expose people to new ideas."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: People, Ideas, Control, Sense, Want)

"If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as your shirt."
- Francis Picabia
(Related: Change, Ideas, Want)

"I think, you know, as an actor we get these terribly sort of pretentious ideas in our heads. We try to take everything very seriously at first, you know, until we lighten up, we get onboard, and have a laugh."
- Rosamund Pike
(Related: Ideas, Actor, First)

"The history of mankind is the history of ideas."
- Luigi Pirandello
(Related: History, Ideas, Mankind)

"That doesn't necessarily mean they have to have an explicit proposal that they put forward that all Democrats sign up to, but I think they need to throw some ideas out that, at least directionally, point the way forward."
- John Podesta
(Related: Ideas, Democrats)

"There are people who kind of gravitate towards running politics based on new ideas and issues, and that was what the secret was for Clinton."
- John Podesta
(Related: Politics, People, Ideas, Running)

"In fact, I think that Governor Clinton, when he was running, and President Clinton, when he was serving, actually governed with a wide range of advisors and a perspective that blended the best of ideas from the center and the left."
- John Podesta
(Related: Ideas, Fact, Perspective, President, Running)

"I think that people have to have to have a sense of what ideas are one the progressive side, the Democratic side in order ultimately to be effective in the political world."
- John Podesta
(Related: People, Ideas, Order, Sense, World)

"A large fraction of the most interesting scientists have read a lot of SF at one time or another, either early enough that it may have played a part in their becoming scientists or at some later date just because they liked the ideas."
- Frederik Pohl
(Related: Time, Ideas, May, Scientists)

"Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination."
- Henri Poincare
(Related: Ideas, Clouds)

"We wanted to be as expansive as possible to make sure we didn't preclude some good ideas."
- John Poindexter
(Related: Ideas)

"Well, it's because I gladly acknowledge some ideas that are part of process theology, but which I think are not tied to all the details of process thought, and are very illuminating and helpful."
- John Polkinghorne
(Related: Thought, Ideas, Theology)

"People, and especially theologians, should try to familiarize themselves with scientific ideas. Of course, science is technical in many respects, but there are some very good books that try to set out some of the conceptual structure of science."
- John Polkinghorne
(Related: Science, People, Ideas, Books)

"Too often new ideas are studied and analyzed until they are suffocated."
- William Pollard
(Related: Ideas)

"People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: People, Ideas)

"The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Energy)

"Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas."
- Paula Poundstone
(Related: Ideas, Kids, Want)

"The idea that you earn things - that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility. the vote, punishment... these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Income, Liberal, Mind, Punishment, Respect, Responsibility, Vote)

"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."
- Max de Pree
(Related: Ideas, Dignity, Diversity, Exercise, Healing, Joy, May, Space)

"Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Imagination, Opportunity, Ideas, Childhood, Language, Play, Problems, Writing)

"Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing."
- Joseph Priestley
(Related: Ideas, Doctrine, Nothing, Will)

"Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Trust, Ideas, Books, Ignorance, Kids, Talk)

"Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Ideas)

"Yes was a band where we could explore some of those ideas, but I knew that if I wanted to get into orchestral music and make a living at it, movies seemed to be a perfect spot."
- Trevor Rabin
(Related: Movies, Music, Ideas, Living)

"The enmity of such a party towards Socialism does not mean that the members are only prejudiced against it because they do not know it; it means that they are possessed of bourgeois ideas, and wish to determine their policy accordingly."
- Karl Radek
(Related: Policy, Ideas, Party, Socialism)

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

"Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures - it is the designer's job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting."
- Paul Rand
(Related: Ideas, Job, Meaning, Needs, Words)

"As Oscar Wilde should have said, when bad ideas have nowhere else to go, they emigrate to America and become university courses."
- Frederic Raphael
(Related: Ideas, America, University)

"So that ideas of sort of relaxed symmetry have been something for years that I have been concerned with because I think that symmetry is a neutral shape as opposed to a form of design."
- Robert Rauschenberg
(Related: Design, Ideas, Years)

"American education has been littered with failed fads and foolish ideas for the past century."
- Diane Ravitch
(Related: Education, Ideas, American, Past)

"When I'm shooting on location, you get ideas on the spot - new angles. You make not major changes but important modifications, that you can't do on a set. I do that because you have to be economical."
- Satyajit Ray
(Related: Ideas)

"Filmgoers are starved for new ideas, voices and visions."
- Robert Redford
(Related: Ideas, Visions)

"In the long run, much public opinion is made in the universities; ideas generated there filter down through the teaching profession and the students into the general public."
- B. Carroll Reece
(Related: Ideas, Opinion, Profession, Public, Public opinion, Students, Teaching)

"We each have a sixth sense that is attuned to the oneness dimension in life, providing a means for us to guide our lives in accord with our ideas."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Life, Ideas, Oneness, Sense)

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

"People underestimate the impact they can have on the process through contact with legislators. By being part of an organized group in an area that you have an interest in, you can multiply the impact of your own ideas."
- Ralph Regula
(Related: People, Ideas, Being, Interest, Legislators)

"Over the years, a number of other intriguing experimental ideas and areas of investigation have been the objects of my attention, and I have devoted some time and effort to exploring the inherent possbilities."
- Frederick Reines
(Related: Time, Ideas, Attention, Effort, Investigation, Years)

"But with lots of good ideas, implementation is the key, and so we need to keep our eye on the ball as we go forward and make sure that people honor their pledges in terms of financial commitments, and that we actually use this money so that it makes a real difference."
- Mitchell Reiss
(Related: Money, People, Ideas, Financial, Difference, Eye, Honor, Key)

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

"While a lab Director can get done the things that he regards as important, he has the more important job of bringing out the best ideas of the broader scientific community."
- Burton Richter
(Related: Ideas, Community, Job)

"Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Change, People, Ideas, Baseball, Numbers, Years)

"I think a good MP is someone who cares for their community and becomes their champion, which is why I will make my home in any seat I am lucky enough to be selected for. Looks play no part in the equation, what matters is your ideas and connecting them to the electorate."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Home, Ideas, Community, Play, Will)

"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience."
- Hyman Rickover
(Related: Ideas, Patience, Practice)

"At the same time, much of it seems to have to do with recreating things we or others had already done; it seems rather derivative intellectually; is there a dearth of really new ideas?"
- Dennis Ritchie
(Related: Time, Ideas)

"The visible things that have come from the group have been the Plan 9 system and Inferno, but I hasten to say that the ideas and the work have come from colleagues."
- Dennis Ritchie
(Related: Work, Ideas)

"We always have a take that's 'one for fun', so once you've got what you need, you can do what you like. Something does occasionally pop out of that tree. I'm always open to ideas."
- Guy Ritchie
(Related: Ideas, Fun, Open)

"Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent."
- Antoine Rivarol
(Related: Talent, Ideas, Interest)

"Jack and I usually get together and sit around in the afternoons and start throwing ideas around."
- Johnny Rivers
(Related: Ideas)

"We had to do the same thing here. To top that sequel was quite a task. Mike had a couple of good conceptual humour and character ideas, which got me back into it."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Ideas, Character)

"Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery - courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things."
- James Robinson
(Related: Ideas, Courage, Greatness, Bravery, Old)

"Labor gives birth to ideas."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Ideas, Labor)

"Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Life, Idea, Ideas, Open)

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: People, Ideas, Events)

"The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial."
- Richard Rorty
(Related: People, Ideas, Difference)

"Ilike ideas writers have that I might not have written. Writers are there for a reason... to write for me."
- Tim Roth
(Related: Ideas, Reason, Writers)

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

"Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Danger, Liberals, Motives, Needs, Now, Troops, Words)

"So, as one sees, I by no means deprive my world of stubborn reality, if I merely call it a world of ideas."
- Josiah Royce
(Related: Ideas, Reality, World)

"Ideas any one can mould as he wishes."
- Josiah Royce
(Related: Ideas, Wishes)

"Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot, play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction."
- Rudy Rucker
(Related: Science, Ideas, Fiction, Play)

"All of my books now come from readers' ideas."
- Ann Rule
(Related: Ideas, Books, Now)

"I've never been resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because although I couldn't sew, I could think."
- Jane Rule
(Related: Ideas, Clothes)

"Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Ideas, Decisions, Hearing, Support)

"Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It's a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically."
- Geoffrey Rush
(Related: Dad, Time, People, Ideas, Culture, Nation, Reading, School)

"The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas - uncertainty, progress, change - into crimes."
- Salman Rushdie
(Related: Change, Idea, Progress, Ideas, Conservative, Culture, Uncertainty)

"He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Ideas, Artist)

"Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas, something that turns out to be right or wrong, like a gambler's bet."
- Joanna Russ
(Related: Faith, Ideas, Right, Wrong)

"I have no specific ideas in mind of what I will or won't do; it's all about the roles."
- Jeri Ryan
(Related: Ideas, Mind, Will)

"What matters to me is that I do what I think is right and I see, I'm a numbers guy, that's my attitude. I know we have a debt tsunami coming, we are bankrupting this country and I'm in a position where I can actually advance ideas to prevent that from happening. That's exactly what I should be doing."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Ideas, Attitude, Country, Debt, Numbers, Right)

"But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: Ideas)

"Great actors try to dismiss all ideas from their conscious mind in order to provide an experience that is real."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: Experience, Ideas, Actors, Mind, Order)

"When Karim and his group heard about Saddam coming, they wanted to kill him, but fate had other ideas."
- Saadi
(Related: Ideas, Fate)

"Actually ideas are everywhere. It's the paperwork, that is, sitting down and thinking them into a coherent story, trying to find just the right words, that can and usually does get to be labor."
- Fred Saberhagen
(Related: Ideas, Labor, Right, Thinking, Trying, Words)

"We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Ideas, American, Economy, Rights, Property, Protection, Rest, Sense, World)

"Globalization was a deep trend pushed by technology and right ideas, as much as anything else."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Technology, Ideas, Deep, Globalization, Right)

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

"In Europe, there is so much tradition, and everyone has established ideas as to what art should be and what it has always been."
- Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Related: Art, Ideas, Europe, Tradition)

"I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads."
- George Santayana
(Related: Ideas, Facts)

"The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas."
- George Santayana
(Related: Education, Experience, Ideas, Difficulty)

"The problem is that the right doesn't need any ideas to govern, but the left can't govern without ideas."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Ideas, Right)

"A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas."
- Ferdinand De Saussure
(Related: Ideas, Sound)

"I have some ideas on how to fix that. They're not very good ideas, but at least they're ideas!"
- Adam Savage
(Related: Ideas)

"Our funding is based on our support of ideas like limited government, individual rights and a strong defense."
- Richard Scaife
(Related: Government, Ideas, Defense, Rights, Support)

"The House Republican leadership has simply run out of ideas."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: Leadership, Ideas, Republican)

"Rather than proposing a forward-looking energy initiative, House Republicans continue to push Big Oil's tired old ideas, ideas that will do absolutely nothing to lower gas prices for the American consumer."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: Ideas, American, Energy, Nothing, Oil, Old, Republicans, Will)

"It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Work, Ideas, Intellect, Mind)

"No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Idea, Ideas)

"Ideas are infinite, original, and lively divine thoughts."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Ideas, Thoughts, Infinite)

"We taped all this and then got it transcribed and picked the best lines or ideas or ways to take a scene. I've done that many times, and it can improve the script but also wreck a perfectly good scene."
- John Schlesinger
(Related: Ideas)

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

"Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage."
- Laura Schlessinger
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Life, Ideas, Courage, Values, Dignity, Honor, Meaning, Pride, Principles, Temptations)

"Its limitations are those of the physical universe: it won't let you play with some really wild ideas that aren't possible, but are fun to speculate about."
- Stanley Schmidt
(Related: Ideas, Fun, Limitations, Play)

"Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas, If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed."
- Robert H. Schuller
(Related: Money, Ideas, Will)

"I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Ideas, Future)

"Good ideas are the backbone of good government."
- Brian Schweitzer
(Related: Government, Ideas)

"I was brought in touch with developing post World War I ideas in Europe."
- Frank Scott
(Related: War, Ideas, Europe, Post, World, World war)

"I think he's much funnier in many ways than some of the things that I've done. Because it's a little bit more layered. He's constantly trying to teach Luke what he thinks are really deep philosophical ideas, but they're really simple."
- Sean William Scott
(Related: Ideas, Deep, Trying)

"The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Life, Ideas, Eyes, First, Invention, Waking)

"On occasion I have drawn as a release from painting. The economy in using paper, pencil, charcoal and crayon can help towards a greater gamble and higher rewards. I also find that drawing can generate ideas more rapidly than painting."
- William Scott
(Related: Ideas, Economy, Help, Painting)

"Try out your ideas by visualizing them in action."
- David Seabury
(Related: Ideas, Action)

"I've always been very interested in the struggle for human rights, not just here but abroad, and I wanted to be an inside player in that struggle. I wanted to make the laws reflect our ideals and ideas in this democracy that is America."
- Leah Ward Sears
(Related: Ideas, America, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Ideals, Laws, Struggle)

"I just like to have the ideas. Other people can help see them through."
- Amy Sedaris
(Related: People, Ideas, Help)

"They're stealing my ideas. They're imitating my shots."
- David O. Selznick
(Related: Ideas)

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

"I normally keep a series of draft in a catalogue type of book in which I scribble, sketch and draw ideas."
- Jonathan Shapiro
(Related: Ideas, Draft)

"If Pakistan has any ideas of annexing any part of our territories by force, she should think afresh. I want to state categorically that force will be met with force and aggression against us will never be allowed to succeed."
- Lal Bahadur Shastri
(Related: Ideas, Aggression, Force, State, Succeed, Want, Will)

"I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober."
- Irwin Shaw
(Related: Ideas)

"As far as the mechanics go, working with other people on received ideas was for me a very interesting technical problem. I can't say that any of my collaborations engaged my heart, but they engaged the craftsman in me."
- Robert Sheckley
(Related: People, Heart, Ideas)

"My second record was all about big ideas - I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Life, Ideas, Culture, Guitar, Old, Trying)

"Kennedy did not have to run the risk of having his ideas and his words shortened and adulterated by a correspondent. This was the television era, not only in campaigning, but in holding the presidency."
- Hugh Sidey
(Related: Ideas, Presidency, Risk, Television, Words)

"Imagine - four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt."
- Shel Silverstein
(Related: People, Ideas, Europe, Meeting, Reading, Years)

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

"The thing about hip-hop is that it's from the underground, ideas from the underbelly, from people who have mostly been locked out, who have not been recognized."
- Russell Simmons
(Related: People, Ideas)

"Another principle is, the deepest affections of our hearts gather around some human form in which are incarnated the living thoughts and ideas of the passing age."
- Matthew Simpson
(Related: Age, Ideas, Thoughts, Living)

"My challenge as a satirical artist is how to present ideas to people to enable them to question and reexamine their beliefs. My hope is, that my work provokes people to look at things in a new way."
- Joey Skaggs
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Hope, Artist, Beliefs, Challenge, Present, Question)

"Susan B. Anthony formed the Equal Rights Association, refuted ideas that women were inferior to men, and fought for a woman's right to vote."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Women, Ideas, Rights, Vote, Woman)

"A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system."
- Jane Smiley
(Related: Ideas, Belief, May, Will)

"There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move."
- Daniel Smith
(Related: People, Ideas)

"Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Imagination, Religion, Ideas, Effort, Present, Ritual, Sense, Sin, Worship)

"The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen."
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: People, Ideas, Censorship, Right)

"Now whatever the origin of this apparently meaningless jumble of ideas may have been, it is really a perfect and very slightly allegorical expression of the actual present views we hold today."
- Frederick Soddy
(Related: Ideas, Expression, May, Now, Present, Today)

"The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that just stops you when you have ideas like combining The Red Desert with an armored car heist movie."
- Steven Soderbergh
(Related: Car, Ideas)

"Well, so far, at least, my own ideas always take priority over those of other writers. As long as the well doesn't run dry, I imagine this will be the case."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Ideas, Will, Writers)

"Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Intelligence, Ideas, Taste)

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

"If you look at the publishers I've worked with, generally, they're a great bunch. Creation is unlike any other publishing house you can think of. The people I've worked with have integrity and intelligence and, almost always, less money than ideas."
- Peter Sotos
(Related: Intelligence, Money, People, Ideas, Creation, Integrity, Publishing)

"And books that were published in much larger numbers than Selfish, Little are hard to find. And publishers who wanted to publish my last few works have them stuck in limbo while new distribution ideas and legal issues and fears are blown away."
- Peter Sotos
(Related: Legal, Ideas, Books, Numbers)

"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: Work, Ideas, Fact, Order)

"Well not really to get attention, but to entertain, but you know to show some elements of rural life as well, it kind of blended all in, its kind of like a mockery in a sense, kind of stab back at people that have those stereotypical ideas of the south."
- Bubba Sparxxx
(Related: Life, People, Ideas, Attention, Sense)

"In science the important thing is to modify and change one's ideas as science advances."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Change, Science, Ideas)

"Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Ideas)

"I have my ideas, I have my music and I also just enjoy showing off, so that's a big part of it. Also, I like to get up onstage and behave insanely or express myself physically, and the band can get pretty silly."
- Bruce Springsteen
(Related: Music, Ideas, Pretty, Silly)

"We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?"
- Joseph Stalin
(Related: Ideas)

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas."
- Joseph Stalin
(Related: Ideas, Enemies)

"Control over the use of one's ideas really constitutes control over other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more difficult."
- Richard Stallman
(Related: People, Ideas, Control)

"But my estimates, for instance, based upon book information, were simply ridiculous, fanciful images of African attractions were soon dissipated, anticipated pleasures vanished, and all crude ideas began to resolve themselves into shape."
- Henry Morton Stanley
(Related: Ideas, African, Information)

"I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side."
- Ralph Steadman
(Related: Nature, Power, Ideas)

"Working with (new collaborators) and letting people in to try new melodies and new lyrical ideas was very hard."
- Gwen Stefani
(Related: People, Ideas)

"Hitch was interested in what I had to offer, like one of my background ideas for Norman's upbringing."
- Joseph Stefano
(Related: Ideas)

"The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding."
- Edward Steichen
(Related: Art, Work, Experience, Thought, Ideas, Artist, Content, Misleading, Photography, Understanding)

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Ideas, Pretty)

"I had no new ideas on the physics we might learn, and I could not compete with the younger generation."
- Jack Steinberger
(Related: Ideas, Physics)

"Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Change, Ideas, Nothing)

"In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Love, Poetry, Ideas, Words)

"I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas."
- Anne Stevenson
(Related: Work, Ideas)

"I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas."
- Martha Stewart
(Related: Opportunity, Ideas)

"Roddenberry had created quite a complex and at times mysterious character. Guarded, cautious, careful in showing his feelings in expressing his ideas about many things - I found that very interesting."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Feelings, Ideas, Character)

"Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare's world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend - someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Life, Ideas, Friend, Shakespeare, Wine, World)

"Even when I'm not directing, that doesn't stop Owen from having ideas for what I should be doing."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Ideas)

"Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Related: Music, Ideas, Expression, Painting, Spiritual)

"This old Germany was partly defeated in its conflict with the progressive ideas of socialism, for it had given the people nothing that could serve as a successful alternative to socialism."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: People, Successful, Ideas, Conflict, Germany, Nothing, Old, Socialism)

"It may be easily shown, and is of no small significance, that the two great ideas of which the Anglo-Saxon is the exponent are having a fuller development in the United States than in Great Britain."
- Josiah Strong
(Related: Development, Ideas, May, states, United)

"Basically, fiction is people. You can't write fiction about ideas."
- Theodore Sturgeon
(Related: People, Ideas, Fiction)

"Perfection spawns doctrines, dictators and totalitarian ideas."
- Antonio Tabucchi
(Related: Ideas, Dictators, Perfection)

"I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from. You can call it imagination, I suppose. But I was grateful for wherever they came from."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Imagination, Ideas)

"The good ideas will survive."
- Quentin Tarantino
(Related: Ideas, Will)

"The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences."
- Donna Tartt
(Related: Ideas, Consequences, Learning, Students)

"The President today once again took the opportunity to reiterate his old, failed national security strategies and present them to the American people as new, dynamic ideas intended to better protect the American people."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: People, Opportunity, Ideas, American, National security, Old, Present, President, Today)

"To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two."
- Sheri S. Tepper
(Related: Science, Idea, Ideas, Fantasy, Fiction)

"Good acting is about being as natural and calm as possible. These days producers have such definite ideas that you have to be prepared to do whatever they ask."
- Bryn Terfel
(Related: Ideas, Acting, Being)

"It's always good to take an orthogonal view of something. It develops ideas."
- Ken Thompson
(Related: Ideas)

"Mr. Speaker, I agree with those who say that the Global War on Terrorism is actually a Global War of Ideas and that terrorism is one of the tactics used in that War."
- Mac Thornberry
(Related: War, Ideas, Terrorism)

"There is no reasoning, no process of inference or comparison; there is no thinking about things, no putting two and two together; there are no ideas - the animal does not think of the box or of the food or of the act he is to perform."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Food, Ideas, Act, Thinking)

"The dog, on the other hand, has few or no ideas because his brain acts in coarse fashion and because there are few connections with each single process."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Ideas, Fashion)

"Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas. But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare and isolated events in nature."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Nature, Power, Ideas, Ability, Events, Intellect, Learning)

"Let's not dismiss or attack individual ideas as being inadequate before we have had a chance to assess their positive effect as part of a whole solution."
- John Thune
(Related: Ideas, Positive, Being, Chance, Effect, Solution)

"But I've got a lot of ideas, I bought me a ranch in Florida and I still have my farm in Ashland City, Tennessee so I'm gonna spend a little time at each one of those places and you'll probably hear some more songs out of me."
- Mel Tillis
(Related: Time, Ideas, Songs)

"The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Genius, Ideas, Words)

"The other thing that I started doing for myself was, I went through my diary of ideas that I keep and made sure that the translation of the comic to the movie was good."
- Guillermo del Toro
(Related: Ideas)

"I don't actually sit down and write, but I just have a lot of different ideas about films and making movies."
- Obie Trice
(Related: Movies, Ideas)

"There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination."
- Lionel Trilling
(Related: Imagination, Ideas, Class, Connection, Deep)

"This is the great vice of academicism, that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking."
- Lionel Trilling
(Related: Ideas, Thinking, Vice)

"When you're an actor, actually, you shouldn't come up with too many ideas."
- Jean-Louis Trintignant
(Related: Ideas, Actor)

"Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever."
- Leon Trotsky
(Related: Ideas, Fire, Mind)

"Students need to learn how to think critically, how to argue opposing ideas. It is important for them to learn how to think. You can always cook."
- Charlie Trotter
(Related: Ideas, Students)

"That's double-edged: it's amazing that they're bringing me in and showing people new ideas, and at the same time it's a little hard because seventy percent of the time or even higher I'm not going to get those roles."
- Rachel True
(Related: Time, People, Ideas)

"Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Marriage, Ideas, Wit)

"I like to come up with the melodies, and I have a lot of ideas as far as structure goes."
- Steven Tyler
(Related: Ideas)

"I'm so incredibly tired of giving respect to a lot of delusions and crazy ideas just because they are regarded as religions."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Ideas, Giving, Respect)

"Science is a cemetery of dead ideas."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: Science, Ideas)

"Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious."
- Paul Valery
(Related: People, Ideas)

"A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas."
- Paul Valery
(Related: Art, Ideas, Difficulties, Man)

"It's like that with what sort of ideas people outside of the band have of HIM. They all see it through a different lens as well which is beautiful. Hopefully, it makes it an endless topic of conversation."
- Ville Valo
(Related: People, Ideas, Conversation)

"I take little bits and pieces of ideas that I may or may not believe in but I give them to this character and he runs with them. I have fun with however he handles the situation."
- Jhonen Vasquez
(Related: Ideas, Character, Fun, May)

"Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures."
- Jeffery Veen
(Related: Ideas, Chaos, Words)

"My father felt that his world of ideas was too liberal for traditional rabbinical teachings, and he looked for a chance to find a way in life."
- Immanuel Velikovsky
(Related: Life, Father, Ideas, Chance, Liberal, World)

"Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas."
- Donatella Versace
(Related: Ideas, Creativity, Conflict)

"The universal principle of etymology in all languages: words are carried over from bodies and from the properties of bodies to express the things of the mind and spirit. The order of ideas must follow the order of things."
- Giambattista Vico
(Related: Ideas, Mind, Order, Spirit, Words)

"Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth."
- Giambattista Vico
(Related: Truth, Ideas)

"Let us tackle the big issues with bold ideas that transform Iowa to accomplish our shared mission to grow Iowa, and realize our shared vision of Iowa as the best place to live, work and raise a family."
- Thomas Vilsack
(Related: Family, Work, Ideas, Vision, Mission)

"When I began writing science fiction in the middle '60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months."
- Vernor Vinge
(Related: Science, Time, Ideas, Consciousness, Fiction, Months, Now, Writing)

"Another symptom of progress toward the Singularity: ideas themselves should spread ever faster, and even the most radical will quickly become commonplace."
- Vernor Vinge
(Related: Progress, Ideas, Radical, Will)

"Despite a few really bad days we had quite a lot of fun making Low, especially when all the radical ideas were making sense and things were starting to click."
- Tony Visconti
(Related: Ideas, Fun, Radical, Sense)

"My ideas are always better. We have an understanding in place."
- Larry Wachowski
(Related: Ideas, Understanding)

"In the past, those who had ideas they wished to communicate to the public had the unquestioned right to disseminate those ideas in an open marketplace. called a mall, we should not abridge that right."
- Sol Wachtler
(Related: Ideas, Open, Past, Public, Right)

"I'm like Sergeant Schultz, I know nothing. We are trying to share ideas around the world. We don't just come up with a great idea in Brazil and ignore it in the rest of the world."
- Rick Wagoner
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Brazil, Nothing, Rest, Trying, World)

"The Empress has been connected with the ideas of universal fecundity and in a general sense with activity."
- Arthur E. Waite
(Related: Ideas, Sense)

"I think one of the things that language poets are very involved with is getting away from conventional ideas of beauty, because those ideas contain a certain attitude toward women, certain attitudes toward sex, certain attitudes toward race, etc."
- Diane Wakoski
(Related: Beauty, Women, Sex, Ideas, Attitude, Language, Poets, Race)

"One of the very basic ideas of Post-Modernism is rejection of arbitrary power structures. Different people are sensitive to different kinds of power structures."
- Larry Wall
(Related: Power, People, Ideas, Post, Rejection)

"The progress of the American Revolution has been so rapid and such the alteration of manners, the blending of characters, and the new train of ideas that almost universally prevail, that the principles which animated to the noblest exertions have been nearly annihilated."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Progress, Ideas, American, Revolution, Manners, Principles)

"I wanted to do Playboy to get across the same ideas I'm singing and writing about these days. It's all about proving that a woman can defy stereotypes."
- Jody Watley
(Related: Ideas, Singing, Woman, Writing)

"The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm."
- Thomas J. Watson
(Related: Ideas, Enthusiasm, Accomplishments, Man)

"Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity."
- Thomas John Watson, Sr.
(Related: Fear, Ideas, Conformity, Controversy, Danger, Mind)

"The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm."
- Thomas John Watson, Sr.
(Related: Ideas, Enthusiasm, Accomplishments, Man)

"The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!"
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Ideas, Purpose, Clarity, Practice, Writing)

"In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Faith, Nature, Religion, God, Ideas, Universe, Words)

"Acquire a government over your ideas, that they may come down when they are called, and depart when they are bidden."
- Isaac Watts
(Related: Government, Ideas, May)

"This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated."
- Paul Watzlawick
(Related: Ideas, Being, Propaganda)

"There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Ideas)

"Coming back to a television series puts you back in the limelight and gives you a platform for your ideas. If you're not acting on a series, you don't get the ability to communicate to people."
- Dennis Weaver
(Related: People, Ideas, Ability, Acting, Television)

"Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Ideas, Fools, Force, Nothing)

"It took the Gulf War to demonstrate that America did want more than one friend in the Mideast, and also was willing to take and make major risks to prevent a small Muslim country, Kuwait, from being overrun and in effect stolen by Iraq."
- Caspar Weinberger
(Related: War, Friend, Muslim, America, Being, Country, Effect, Iraq, Want)

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

"We're all so clogged with dead ideas passed from generation to generation that even the best of us don't know the way out."
- Peter Weiss
(Related: Ideas)

"We bring together the best ideas - turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies."
- Jack Welch
(Related: Ideas, Managers, Meetings)

"Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital - the world's best talents and greatest ideas."
- Jack Welch
(Related: Ideas, Company, Globalization, World)

"Human history in essence is the history of ideas."
- H. G. Wells
(Related: History, Ideas)

"When I first started to get into writing, it was via music. I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories, then they'd turn into novels. I was biased toward music."
- Irvine Welsh
(Related: Music, Ideas, First, Songs, Writing)

"If it weren't for received ideas, the publishing industry wouldn't have any ideas at all."
- Donald E. Westlake
(Related: Ideas, Publishing)

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

"To me, that is the essence of me as a photographer. It is those ideas, working with them, formulating them and eventually putting them down on paper, photographing them and then going on to the next step."
- Kim Weston
(Related: Ideas)

"The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing."
- Edith Wharton
(Related: Ideas, Worth)

"For me, this is a familiar image - people in the organization ready and willing to do good work, wanting to contribute their ideas, ready to take responsibility, and leaders holding them back, insisting that they wait for decisions or instructions."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Decisions, Leaders, Responsibility)

"In the past, it was easier to believe in my own effectiveness. If I worked hard, with good colleagues and good ideas, we could make a difference. But now, I sincerely doubt that."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Ideas, Difference, Doubt, Now, Past)

"We experience problem-solving sessions as war zones, we view competing ideas as enemies, and we use problems as weapons to blame and defeat opposition forces. No wonder we can't come up with real lasting solutions!"
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Experience, War, Ideas, Blame, Defeat, Enemies, Opposition, Problems, Weapons, Wonder)

"Fundamental ideas are not a consequence of experience, but a result of the particular constitution and activity of the mind, which is independent of all experience in its origin, though constantly combined with experience in its exercise."
- William Whewell
(Related: Experience, Ideas, Constitution, Exercise, Mind, Result)

"Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America."
- Theodore White
(Related: Men, Ideas, Thoughts, America, Old, Reality, Students)

"Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Ideas)

"Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Progress, Ideas)

"Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Ideas, First, Foolishness)

"But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Ideas)

"The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Thought, Idea, Ideas, Adventure, Vitality)

"Aaron is a very passionate, maniacal writer so the scripts really come from him, but he is very open to... y'know, we'll plan ideas and we'll certainly tussle about stuff when the script comes out. So, to a certain extent, he's very interested. If there's some problem or something that doesn't ring true, he wants to know why and he wants to correct it or fight for it."
- Bradley Whitford
(Related: Ideas, Fight, Open, Writer)

"The role we can play every day, if we try, is to take the whole experience of every day and shape it to involve American man. It is our job to interest him in his community and to give his ideas the excitement they should have."
- John Hay Whitney
(Related: Experience, Ideas, American, Community, Day, Excitement, Interest, Job, Man, Play)

"Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Truth, People, Ideas, Deeds, Impulses, Memories, Shadows, Words)

"I failed to fulfill what should have been an interesting role. I couldn't take their formula and bring what I had, my humor, my ideas, and make it my own."
- Dianne Wiest
(Related: Humor, Ideas, Formula)

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

"I grew up in a very literate, very independent household where people spoke their ideas and were very supportive of helping each other find their own way."
- Lucinda Williams
(Related: People, Ideas)

"It's really about living in your head... just looking out at the world, then going back into your head and tossing around a lot of ideas and coming out with something interesting to say."
- Lucinda Williams
(Related: Ideas, Living, World)

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
- Robin Williams
(Related: Change, People, Ideas, Words, World)

"Words are mere shadows cast by ideas. But the ideas they represent are real."
- Roy H. Williams
(Related: Ideas, Shadows, Words)

"Some of my ideas were shot down by Lucasfilm because they stepped on territory that has been reserved for the movies. I didn't have a problem with that."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Movies, Ideas)

"Today it is becoming increasingly apparent to thoughtful Americans that we cannot fight the forces and ideas of imperialism abroad and maintain any form of imperialism at home. The war has done this to our thinking."
- Wendell Willkie
(Related: War, Home, Ideas, Americans, Fight, Thinking, Thoughtful, Today)

"I get very driven by certain themes and ideas."
- Alex Winter
(Related: Ideas)

"I believe in communication; books communicate ideas and make bridges between people."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: People, Ideas, Books, Communication)

"I've an idea for doing a Situation Comedy myself but its always difficult to get people to listen to you because they like to put their own ideas forward."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: People, Idea, Ideas, Comedy)

"I'm still constantly thinking of ideas. I don't feel 90. I think I'm about 12."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Ideas, Thinking)

"I would rather read a poorly structured story that has fresh ideas than a tightly structured one with cliches."
- Douglas Wood
(Related: Ideas, Cliches)

"All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."
- Grant Wood
(Related: Ideas)

"Now here is a departure from the first principle of true ethics. Here we find ideas of moral wrong and moral right associated with something else than beneficial action. The consequent is, we lose sight of the real basis of morals, and substitute a false one."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Ideas, Action, Departure, Ethics, First, Morals, Now, Right, Sight, Wrong)

"A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching ideas of merit to that belief, and of demerit to its absence."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Ideas, Belief, Absence, Merit, Religious)

"The task of physiological psychology remains the same in the analysis of ideas that it was in the investigation of sensations: to act as mediator between the neighbouring sciences of physiology and psychology."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Ideas, Act, Investigation, Psychology)

"There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Music, Ideas)

"Love is blind. My politics has been, too. I think you can fall in love with ideas, and you can fall in love with people. It's a very subjective experience. And I'm loyal to that experience."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Experience, Love, Politics, People, Ideas, Blind)

"Back when I was jamming with Axl and the guys they had boxes of cassettes with song ideas. How do you know which ones you like now when you have that many ideas."
- Zakk Wylde
(Related: Ideas, Now, Song)

"If you are any competent musician, if you have creative ideas, ideas of songs, of arrangements, in a band like the Stones, where these 2 people do all the things, there is no freedom."
- Bill Wyman
(Related: People, Ideas, Freedom, Songs)

"Thousands of mercenaries, who have trained in camps on the territory of Chechnya as well as come in from abroad, are actually preparing to impose extremist ideas on the whole world."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Ideas, World)

"In the past 3-4 years I've developed a habit of keeping numerous small cassette recorders in my house and in a bag with me so that I'm able to commit to tape memory song ideas on a constant basis."
- Dwight Yoakam
(Related: Ideas, Habit, Memory, Past, Song, Years)

"Leftist ideas are a part of the very atmosphere which American youth breathes."
- Francis Parker Yockey
(Related: Ideas, American, Youth)

"I can get away with saying a lot of ideas that are young and naive. I'm liberated."
- Neil Young
(Related: Ideas, Saying)

"As society diversifies, the number of people who read literature is decreasing. It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature."
- Cao Yu
(Related: Society, People, Ideas, Literature, Will)

"The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell."
- Fareed Zakaria
(Related: Money, War, People, Ideas, End, Trade)

"Ideas are the building blocks of ideas."
- Jason Zebehazy
(Related: Ideas, Building)

"Actually, after while, finding the ideas is the easy part. Sorting them through and turning them into stories, now, that's the hard work."
- Sarah Zettel
(Related: Work, Ideas, Hard work, Now)

"So, one of the things I was doing with the aliens in The Quiet Invasion was creating that advanced society which had ideas about morality and proper use of natural resources that were radically different from ours, as the Europeans were from the American Indians."
- Sarah Zettel
(Related: Society, Morality, Ideas, American, Quiet)

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: Society, Power, Ideas, Control, Corporate, Politicians, Press, Soldiers, Television, Will)