Quotations on Ideas

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

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Men, Ideas, Thoughts, Destruction)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Change, Ideas, Celebrity, Culture, Fact, Metaphor)

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)

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
(Keywords: Time, People, Ideas, Liberal)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Imagination, Ideas, Waiting)

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

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

My work is to reach people with ideas, hopes, dreams, encouragement, insight, and revelation. That's what an actor wants to do.
- John Astin
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Science, Ideas, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Public)

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
(Keywords: History, Ideas, Being, Body, March, Present)

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Ideas, Cure, Human nature, Will)

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
(Keywords: Change, Time, Ideas, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Change, Time, Ideas, Beginning, Sea)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Science, Society, Ideas, Values)

That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: God, Ideas, Act, Being, Existence, Mind, Reason)

The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.
- Isaiah Berlin
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Time, Ideas, Despair)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Beauty, Ideas, Values, Yield)

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

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
(Keywords: Work, Ideas, Moments, Writing)

It is inevitable that many ideas of the young mind will later have to give way to the hard realities of life.
- Felix Bloch
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Experience, Movies, Time, Thought, Ideas, First, Nothing)

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

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
(Keywords: Policy, Ideas, Beliefs, Pressure, Support)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Lie, Opportunity, Ideas, Waiting)

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

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