Quotations on Idea

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

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

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Imagination, Soul, Idea, Curiosity, Pleasure)

It is an essential tenet of our whole representative form of government, the idea that there should not be some tyranny which makes it so nobody can even have a chance to vote.
- Todd Akin
(Keywords: Government, Idea, Chance, Tyranny, Vote)

Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don't care about fame, I don't care about being a celebrity. I know that's part of the job, but I don't feed into anyone's idea of who I should be.
- Jessica Alba
(Keywords: Change, Idea, Being, Care, Celebrity, Fame, Job, Living)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Travel, Idea, Successful, Innovation, Space)

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

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

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

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Travel, Idea, Bigotry, Friends, May, Worry)

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

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

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
- Antonin Artaud
(Keywords: Life, Genius, People, Idea, Solution)

I still have not given up the idea of becoming a journalist, but at 17 I decided to follow my heart and stay in Los Angeles with my girlfriend as opposed to going to Johns Hopkins.
- Mackenzie Astin
(Keywords: Heart, Idea, Girlfriend)

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

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

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Difference, Man)

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

I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, colors, form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter. At the same time I try to capture and translate the excitement and emotion aroused in me by the impact with the original idea.
- Milton Avery
(Keywords: Time, Idea, Colors, Emotion, Excitement, Relationships)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: God, Idea, American, Liberty, Man)

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: Imagination, Money, Idea, Books)

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
- Arnold Bennett
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Idea, Challenge, Effort, Satisfaction)

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



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