Quotations on Idea

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The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Idea, Defense, Needs, Wilderness)

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

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

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)

The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this.
- Chinua Achebe
(Keywords: Idea, Diversity)

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

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)

The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Idea, Facts)

When a performance isn't working, it's usually because the actor is trying to do something and they're not able to express their idea very well. It's a muddled expression.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Idea, Performance, Actor, Expression, Trying)

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)

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

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

The idea of infection began to be taken far more seriously than it ever had before. Hospitals transformed themselves in response to the new plague - sometimes for the better, but often for the worse, as when, in fear, they cast their ulcerated patients out into the streets.
- Peter Lewis Allen
(Keywords: Idea, Fear, Hospitals)

I think that curiosity happened on these reviews where I was just a guest of the reviewer, because it introduced me to new cuisines and to the idea of cooking as a mechanism for studying other cultures and understanding other parts of the world.
- Ted Allen
(Keywords: Idea, Cooking, Curiosity, Guest, Understanding, World)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was gaining weight very rapidly and read about the idea of restricting carbohydrates as an alternative to going hungry. I had a big appetite, so that was the only thing I would even consider.
- Robert Atkins
(Keywords: Idea, Appetite, Weight)

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

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)

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



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