Quotations on Ideas

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

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
(Keywords: Ideas, Editors, Fantasy, Risk, Want, Writer)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Ideas, Land, Old)

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)

The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors.
- Stella Adler
(Keywords: 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
(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)

But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection as if they were another class of objects of contemplation beside ideas of sensation.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(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)

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
(Keywords: Ideas, Television)

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)

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
(Keywords: Ideas, Vision, Grief, Struggle)

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)

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

Cartoons have always been an enjoyment to me... a relaxation... I get my ideas from everyday events.
- Matthew Ashford
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(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)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(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)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(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)



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