ideas Quotes

89 of the best book quotes about ideas
“Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.”
“Does it require deep intuition to comprehend that man’s ideas, views and conceptions, in one word, man’s consciousness, changes with every change in the conditions of his material existence, in his social relations and in his social life?”
“I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.”
“It’s funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they’re just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then woop, zoop, sloop…before you can say Jack Robinson they’ve gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could.”
“But race is the child of racism, not the father.”
“Loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.”
“Many men in the Homes of the Scholars have had strange new ideas in the past . . . but when the majority of their brother Scholars voted against them, they abandoned their ideas, as all men must.”
“Let everyone else call your idea crazy... just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.”
“Sometimes it’s just true that other people have better ideas for your life than you do.”
“It seems that in order to inscribe themselves upon the heart of humanity with everlasting claims, all great things have first to wander about the earth as enormous and awe-inspiring caricatures.”
“It was a silly notion: the whole thing has been a bore.”
“Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.”
“When an idea pops into our head and we think, ‘No, this is too crazy,’ that’s the idea we want.”
“But I would help him as best I could. And I would try to keep friendship with him, maybe plant a few ideas in his mind that would help both me and the people who would be his slaves in the years to come. I might even be making things easier for Alice.”
“Ideas come according to their own logic. That logic is not rational. It’s not linear. We may get the middle before we get the end. We may get the end before we get the beginning. Be ready for this. Don’t resist it.”
“People who preach inner drive are dreamers with a lot of ideas and a lot of talk, and zero production.”
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted.”
“The gifted propagandist brings to a boil ideas and passions already simmering in the minds of its hearers. He echoes their innermost feelings. Where opinion is coerced, people can be made to believe only in what they already “know.” ”
“The purpose of the salon was partly to entertain and partly to educate the guests. By sharing ideas and debating philosophical points, artists found new inspiration for their work.”
“And if Aslan himself comes, (Cair Paravel) would be the best place for meeting him too, for every story says that he is the son of the great Emperor-over-the-Sea, and over the sea he will pass.”
“In America and beyond, I will continue to fight for my vision of campus life -- one of constant intellectual and political simulation, where dangerous ideas are welcomed rather than shunned. Where violating some great taboo will lead to spirited debate, not a trip to the office of an Orwellian ‘Bias Task Force’.”
“The new brand of political correctness, popular on college campuses and social media, is the idea that no speech should exist that directly challenges politically correct ideas.”
You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.
Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.
“If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.”
“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.”
“Find, develop, and support good people, and they in turn will find, develop, and own good ideas.”
“Getting the team right is the necessary precursor to getting the ideas right.”
“‘Have you ever had the experience,’ Leon went on, ‘while reading a book, of coming upon some vague idea that you’ve had yourself, some obscure image that comes back to you from far away and seems to express absolutely your most subtle feelings?’”
“Ideas come from people. Therefore, people are more important than ideas.”
“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”
“You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged.”
“There aren’t terrible ideas. Just ideas done terribly.”
“I thought,” said Piglet earnestly, “that if Eeyore stood at the bottom of the tree, and if Pooh stood on Eeyore’s back, and if I stood on Pooh’s shoulders -” “And if Eeyore’s back snapped suddenly, then we could all laugh. Ha Ha! Amusing in a quiet way,” said Eeyore, “but not really helpful.” “Well,” said Piglet meekly, “I thought -” “Would it break your back, Eeyore?” asked Pooh, very much surprised. “That’s what would be so interesting, Pooh. Not being quite sure till afterwards.”
“Good luck to you and bad luck to your theories.”
“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
“You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”
“Then he got an idea! An awful idea! The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea!”
Then it was that there came into my head the first of the mad notions that contributed so much to save our lives.
“I had no idea,” he said, “that a few reeds would be so heavy.”
“Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.”
“Potential ideas are in your mind. By releasing and developing these ideas you can solve your financial problem, your business situation, you can care for yourself and your family, and attain success in your ventures.”
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
“The best ideas are always the simplest.”
“He felt himself trembling without control and he wanted to cry out loudly to stop the runaway horse of his brain. He had to find something! He raged in his mind. I won’t let it go!”
“Louis himself felt a little like crying. A wild but not unattractive idea suddenly came to him...”
“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”
“Most people have no idea that tragedy and silence often have the exact same address.”
“Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
“She’d felt ragingly alive in the dream, but now she’s as inert as the eggs cooling on a plate. Ther’s a mirror her in the bedroom, too, but she chooses not to look at it, just in case her hunch is true and she’s invisible.”
“We should care for each other more than we care for ideas.”
“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.”
“I don’t want my idea of you. That’s too easy, and it isn’t real. I want you, faults and all. And I want you to want me, faults and all, not any ideas you have about love relationships-love-is not fantasy, it is bricks and mortar.”
“Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.”
“ interpret daily life according to your ideas of what is possible or not possible.”
“Cesar is not a philosophical man. His life has been one long flight from reflection. At least he is clever enough not to expose the poverty of his general ideas; he never permits the conversation to move toward philosophical principles. ”
“He loved the way she put her entire self behind whatever she was doing, even if she had no idea what she was doing and was getting it all wrong. He loved the way she danced as if she was connected to the clouds and the sun and the rainbows.”
“He followed the ancient shaman, dumbly, not having the slightest idea why he was doing so, to a square of moist soil. It was surrounded by natives.”
“He would fine the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world...and scare the tuna salad out of him!”
“She feel’s it’s important to come prepared.”
“So now it’s both of you! First it’s all warm, warm, warm. Then it’s all soft, soft, soft. Now it’s all nice, nice, nice!”
“I saw it rolling downhill. If I can knock the lumps of it will roll better.”
“Everybody started talking at once, and everybody had a different idea, and everybody thought that his idea was the best.”
“Think! Think! Think! That boy will think himself into an early grave...”
“Mrs. Mouseling shook her head and said, ‘I just don’t know what to do about Angelina.’ Mr. Mouseling thought awhile and then he said, ‘I think I may have an idea.’ ”
“Trousers! Out of a baby mammoth? That’d be all soft and floppy. Disgusting!”
“Oh, you get so many hunches that you don’t know ever quite if the right hunch is a wrong hunch! Then the wrong hunch might be right!
The Better Hunch said, “We’ll head downtown. We’ll pick up your good friend James and together we’ll trot to some real cool spot and we’ll place a few video games!”
“There I was, inside the house, so fuddled up I could shout, when I got a hunch, a Happy Hunch, that I shouldn’t be in... but OUT!”
″‘If I watch out for rocks with my eyes straight ahead, I’ll keep out of trouble forever,’ I said.”
“I can lick thirty tigers today!”
“Then Little Nutbrown Hare had a good idea. He tumbled upside down and reached up the tree trunk with his feet. ‘I love you all the way up to my toes!’ he said.”
“You don’t have to chase around after creatures, Pismire had said. You watch them for long enough, and then you’ll find the place to wait and they’ll come to you. There’s nearly always a better way of doing something.”
“he rushed out of the church and into the town to put his idea into practice. And what an awful place the town was, much worse than he had imagined. He almost gave up his idea, but then he thought, ‘If it’s always as nasty as this, everybody is bound to agree to my plan’. So he hurried on...”
“My idea is this. You all come and live at the church. It’s warm, quiet, and I’ve got Sampson, the church car, right under my The parson says if we do a few odd jobs we’ll be paid in cheese, best quality. He’s expecting us tomorrow morning if you want to come.”
“One afternoon, when he was reading, an idea popped into his head the parson was at that very moment passing by, Arthur told him all about it. The parson rather liked the idea, at least he said he was willing to give it a try.”
“But then Mrs MacNally’s Maureen had a very good idea. She ran to ask the window cleaner, who was working up the street, if he would bring his ladder and climb up to the bathroom window. And, of course, when the window cleaner heard about Alfie he came hurrying along with his ladder as quickly as he could.”
“This was all Claudia needed. Something that had been smoldering inside her since she first saw the statue, that had been fed by the Times article, now flared into an idea.”
“The irony of the process of thought control: the more energy you put into trying to control your ideas and what you think about, the more your ideas end up controlling you.”
“The sight of the brave, bustling tugboats made Little Toot think. Suddenly a great new idea came to him. ‘I don’t want to be a silly tugboat anymore,’ he thought. ‘I want to be a real tugboat, the best tugboat on the river. Then I’ll make my father proud of me.’ ”
“Little Toot was so excited he puffed more and more smoke balls. They gave him a wonderful idea. Those smoke balls could probably be seen all the way up the river, where his father and grandfather were. So he puffed a signal…S.O.S.”
“Think of something happy. Like chasing after whales or winning an argument against a tortoise.” We clearly had different ideas of happiness.”
“The magazine... is crammed full of food, clothing, cosmetics, furniture, and the physical bodies of young women, but where is the world of thought and ideas, the life of the mind and spirit?”
“The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was MOM’s idea, not mine.”
“Cool! Where did you get such an idea?” “The library.”
“It’s like the idea of him is better than the him of him.”
“But I’d also watched too many start-ups struggle with growth and scale and getting the right things done. So I’d come to a philosophy, my mantra: Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.”

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