Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken

The best ideas are common property.


The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.

Alfred North Whitehead

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.

Thomas A. Edison

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

Walter Bagehot

I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.

Samuel Goldwyn

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!

Arthur C. Clarke

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.

Hyman Rickover

Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.

Carl Schurz

Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.

Antoine Rivarol

No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.

Sir Frederick G. Banting

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

Avram Noam Chomsky

Ideas are the building blocks of ideas.

Jason Zebehazy

So many new ideas are at first strange and horrible, though ultimately valuable that a very heavy responsibility rests upon those who would prevent their dissemination.

J. B. S. Haldane

I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.

Marcel Duchamp

Good ideas are common - what's uncommon are people who'll work hard enough to bring them about.

Ashleigh Brilliant

An idea is an eye given by God for the seeing of God. Some of these eyes we cannot bear to look out of; we blind them as quickly as possible.

Russell Hoban

I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.

Georgia O'Keeffe

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure [Jesus Christ].

Fidel Castro

If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, then you will have betrayed yourself.

Dr. Rollo May

It is very a dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice.

Phyllis Bottome

To say that an idea is fashionable is to say, I think, that is has been adulterated to a point where it is hardly an idea at all.

Murray Kempton

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.

Joseph Stalin

The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.

William O. Douglas

You cannot expect the Form before the Idea, For they will come into being together.

Arnold Schoenberg

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

John Cage

Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible.

Pearl Bailey

Many a man has cherished for years as his hobby some vague shadow of an idea, too meaningless to be positively false.

Charles Sanders Peirce

Too often new ideas are studied and analyzed until they are suffocated.

William Pollard

A man's home is his castle, and his wife is the janitor.

Lucille Kallen

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.

Georges Braque

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!

H. L. Mencken

The history of mankind is the history of ideas.

Luigi Pirandello

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell your slaves could ever build.

Sean O'Casey

Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.

Paul Valery

The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.

P. B. Medawar

Don't you get the idea I'm one of those goddam radicals. Don't get the idea I'm knocking the American system.

Al Capone

Ideas are the raw material of progress. Everything first takes shape in the form of an idea. But an idea by itself is worth nothing. An idea, like a machine, must have power applied to it before it can accomplish anything.

Barry C. Forbes

Ideas, like individuals, live and die. They flourish, according to their nature, in one soil or climate and droop in another. They are the vegetation of the mental world.

William Macneile Dixon

You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them.

Vachel Lindsay

It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public.

Maya Lin

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

Sir Barnett Cocks

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

Grace Murray Hopper

Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.

Morris Leopold Ernst

Ideas shape the course of history.

John Maynard Keynes

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.

Hector Berlioz

Ideas? My head is full of them, one after the other, but they serve no purpose there. They must be put down on paper, one after the other.

Camilo Jose Cela

Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.

Jim Hightower

This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out.

Hortense Calisher

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

John Steinbeck

A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.

Jacques Maritain

A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on.

William McFee

Olivier's idea of introspection was to hood his eyes, dentalize his consonants and let the camera circle his blondined head like a sparrow looking for a place to deposit its droppings.

Robert Brustein

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo

Great ideas are not charitable.

Henry De Montherlant

In the past, those who had ideas they wished to communicate to the public had the unquestioned right to disseminate those ideas in an open marketplace. called a mall, we should not abridge that right.

Sol Wachtler

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

Anatole France

Ideas run wild without discussion.

Serge Kahili King

There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.

Emile Chartier

Ideas are the root of creation.

Ernest Dimnet

Nothing is more dangerous then having just one idea.

Emile auguste Chartier

Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.

Eugene Field

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.

Evita Perón

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

George Bernard Shaw

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

George Bernard Shaw

Little words hurt big ideas.

Howard W. Newton

Ideas control the world.

James A. Garfield

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

Helen Keller

College isn't the place to go for ideas.

Helen Keller

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is the biggest organized project so far. I have a lot of ideas.

Olivia Myers

They have a lot of great ideas about what they want to do.

Brian Warner

It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.

Roger Von Oech

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.

Maxwell Maltz

I really don't have any ideas on why the numbers were down this year. There's a lot of factors that affects what happens.

Patsy Brooks

The Republican Party always benefits when it has a frank and open exchange of ideas.

Tom Bunnell

This is probably a good time for somebody new to come in with new ideas.

Helen Krause

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

This book is a great picture book of ideas for storage space in your home.

Delma Smith

It contained a lot of generalized ideas, but it seems like just his thoughts about what the G-7 should discuss.

Anthony Crescenzi

Think of ideas as a beat. To change a mind is to change the world.

Joan Konner

She is good at combining her own ideas with other people's points of view.

Rose Rosetree

If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea.

Richard Hofstadter

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas.

Paula Poundstone

Thank God for the creative ideas that enrich life by adding your own creative contributions to human progress.

Wilfred A. Peterson

If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice.

Tom Stoppard

It's a language that is adaptive to emotions, ideas and feelings.

Katherine West

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.

David H. Comins

The problem of freedom in America is that of maintaining a competition of ideas, and you do not achieve that by silencing one brand of idea.

Max Lerner

Students can have great ideas, and they need their freedom to pursue their own ideas.

Jeffrey Moore

One of the vices of the virtue of decentralization is that people don't share ideas.

Dorothy Nevill

Say 'yes' to ideas that pop into your head. Don't screen them out. Go with the flow.

Priscilla Howe

We have the necessity of government intervention to ensure the free exchange of ideas.

Craig Fields

He's on the ball. He's got a lot of ideas.

Lane Dunlop

We're trying to get everyone to walk around town. That's one of the ideas behind the festival - see the arts and see the town.

Charlie Skelton

It's about rehashing old ideas and trying to make some money out of it, basically.

David Gahan

The fun is sitting here, talking to people and coming up with new ideas for cupcakes. The business stuff is not so much fun.

Noah Antieau

I guess we'll see when we get there. I will be looking for an apartment in Rome. You got any ideas?

Renato Turano

If these ideas are given a fair chance in New Orleans and the gulf area, ... their popularity and success will create a momentum for expanding them elsewhere.

Michael Franc

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.

Jalal Ad din Rumi

He's very enthusiastic, and he has fresh ideas. I think he's going to take the hospital to a new level. I'm sure he will be a good fit to our hospital and community.

Jerry Dorsey

We certainly have the door open to new ideas, and these are the first two serious ones we've seen.

Rose Davis

It's children and literacy and reaching out to them. Cynthia has some great ideas on how to reach out to them. We really can't say too much yet.

Terry Mcgowan

We've added a couple different ideas because of what defenses are forcing us to do. Things haven't changed much. We're 75% Green Bay and maybe 25% new.

Jim Lind

We understood the challenges of trying to come up with ways to get our message across to fans. We were aggressive in trying to come up with those ideas.

Harvey Greene

We've got four full songs and four ideas for others.

Matt Helders

The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.

Lois Wyse

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

Dr. Linus Pauling

The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.

Karl Kraus

Don makes this fun and easy to read but has great ideas for practical usage.

Delma Smith

Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing.

Joseph Priestley

When they do return, there is the positive effect of training and ideas and so forth.

Brent Layton

I've got good ideas about how to move this community and this country forward.

Lee Harris

Few new truths have ever won their way against the resistance of established ideas save by being overstated.

Isaiah Berlin

I learn about the formality of the event, what ideas the client has, and look at clippings or photos she might bring.

Martha Blanchfield

If you don't execute your ideas, they die.

Roger Von Oech

The kids brainstormed ideas and decided that a walk-a-thon might be a good idea.

Kristy Glassen

So much of being a success is perseverance as much as ideas.

Sophia Collier

We're still soliciting ideas and volunteers. The more volunteers the better.

Will Price

It's not for lack of planning or lack of ideas.

Ben Cassarino

Ideas come to people who are receptive to them.

Lawrence Block

I definitely stress comfort. Try on several. One will shine as more comfortable. Also, try on several from different companies because they all have different ideas of what feels good.

John Stephens

Come tomorrow, I'm sure the guys will be ready with some ideas to fight it out.

Brian Bell

You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.

Stephane Mallarme

Giants who change the philosophy of law and have spoken about changing ideas.

Bruce Fein

In the last 25 years, my work has dealt with such ideas.

Catherine Wagner

Kids that do well often have more connections than kids who didn't have connections. Sometimes it's just an email mentor to bounce ideas off of.

Jeanne Chowning

There was a committee in charge of coming up with ideas to celebrate the anniversary and somebody came up with the bright idea of a light display on top of the AQ.

John Briggs

We finally realized we could now execute some of these great ideas we had in 1999.

Alex Bard

Either one of us is going to be happy to see one of us playing. We always talk to each other about how to make each other better. We are constantly bouncing ideas off each other.

Curtis Granderson

A lot of people have a lot of ideas. But a lot of people never do anything. That's frustrating. The hardest part is just getting into it and stepping up and doing it.

Adam Davis

The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.

Thomas J. Watson

We believe we've done as much as we can do. But we'd love to hear from people if they have other ideas.

Johnny Medlin

I have been to other places and I have seen how they do things, it opens up ideas.

Tim Nolder

We get together and encourage each other. We compare ideas and show off our stuff.

John O'hara

It's not fair to say the U.S. has all the good ideas.

Monica Shephard

It's a good opportunity. We are not trying to run tournaments, just trying to facilitate things. This is a call-out for ideas.

Dawn Ballard

The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial.

Richard Rorty

We have a lot of ideas forming and brainstorming, and we're going to apply for the funds next semester.

Susie Hibbeler

We make a lot of what is in here ourselves. We make the wreaths and the swags and whatever ideas that we can come up with.

Monica Procar

It's just one of those great ideas you hear.

Robert Lundgren

We are always on the hunt for some really good people with some good ideas, ... There will be some layoffs because there are some synergies and there will be people doing the same thing.

Carol Bartz

We had so many great ideas, but not enough money to make a lot of it happen, so we came up with the idea to get private funding to help.

Laure Swanson

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Marie Curie

We had a much bigger list, but some of these (ideas) were bordering on draconian and we figured we'd better eat the elephant in small bites.

Terry White

You can also submit ideas for the list online.

Daniel Tieken

Kilgore had some ideas on transportation, but they weren't exactly great ones, ... He certainly never brought them home as part of a bigger message.

Brian Murphy

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Coco Chanel

Collaborate with other people. Bouncing ideas off each other helps the creative process.

Heather Kent

It's taking ideas and applying them in a new area, mostly.

Bruce Hartsough

We're experimenting with new ideas we can put into it, which makes it hard for me to say exactly when we will be done with them.

Will Wright

We came up from architectural school and within four or five days we were building. We were doing our own ideas.

Jim Sanford

You have to let people challenge your ideas.

Tom Kasten

I want to do nothing chic, I want to have ideas before beginning a piece.

Georges Bizet

All the students were in charge of interviewing, writing, brainstorming ideas and designing.

Andrea Gibson

It's really encouraging to be around people who are so influenced by music. They have really incredible ideas.

Michelle Ammerman

A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties.

Harriet Martineau

The youth come up with the ideas because they know their peers better than anyone.

Baron Davis

There are some who are scared by unity and by building a country on the basis of ideas.

Paul Kagame

Being a man of very few ideas, he cherished those he had with an exaggerated care.

Gilbert Parker

We look forward to having a debate about past experience and ideas for the future.

Dan Fee

The most dangerous ideas are not the ones which divide people, but those on which they agree.

Stephen Vizinczey

They are certainly bucking their ideas up.

Raymond Hill

It's not a museum. It's not a place of artifacts; it's a place of ideas.

Jeanie Kahnke

I'm busy communicating ideas, ... I want you to know what I'm thinking. If you feel a connection, good. If you don't, fine.

Grace Slick

The coaches brought some new ideas to training this week.

Teppei Tomioka

Every campaign has competing ideas from within. You get more advice than you can take ...

Curt Anderson

I can't imagine Darwin hoping for a stronger confirmation of his ideas.

Robert Waterston

Our goal is to have something for every exhibition. This is new and we want to hear students' ideas because they're the ones that will be listening to it.

Christopher Wilson

Once we got to know who he (Nelson) really was, ... he was able to really bring out some extraordinary ideas.

James Hitchcock

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

His office will always be open, ... Whether its with complaints or ideas.

Jessica Sanders

Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.

Richard King

This will give everybody a head start and a chance to get their ideas together to collect their ornaments.

April Bertram

Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas?

Joseph Stalin

This process will not minimize any ideas. Every individual and the way they see their community is important.

Jeff Knight

Everybody is treated the same way. You have dramatically eroded the symbolism, and after all, this is the war of ideas and symbols as much as the war of substance.

David Rivkin

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.

David M. Ogilvy

Usually, the way these things work is that you have some ideas when you launch.

Dave Winker

Right now we really are in an extended brainstorm session. There are no bad ideas.

Mark Goodstein

We're just trying to gain ideas.

Ron Campbell

What we have discovered is that it is very hard to survive as a little Mom and Pop winery. And we knew we had to come up with a lot of different ideas to make the business successful. You had to get bigger.

Donna Mollet

I'm going to show that the Liberal Democrats are the party of ideas and innovation in Britain.

Menzies Campbell

The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas.

Boris Johnson

The sharing of ideas has probably benefited me more than anyone else. I'm the one who has the different education.

John Cameron

We would like fresh ideas.

Harold Nectow

There are great ideas and great people who are coming into the Internet space.

Andy Weissman

They have new ideas and new ways of doing things, but it will be good for the students.

Larry Johannessen

I'm really open to a lot of ideas, and you kind of have to be (that way) as a pilot with low hours.

Coleman Schelitzche

The writer dreams of being the sculptor of words and the painter of ideas.

Paul Carvel

She jokes around with you and listens to your ideas.

Matt Mckenna

It's always the little things. Timing is always an issue. We have to sell our ideas.

Freeman Thomas

An exchange of ideas occurs when you take an idea to your boss and you come back with his idea.

Andrei A. Gromyko

The kids seem excited. The new coach has a lot of good ideas and had them doing drills over the winter.

Lynda Scott

It definitely has momentum. I'm really impressed by BKB. They really have some great ideas.

Michael Lieberman

When you don't see an actor's face, it forces you to listen to what he has to say. What was important to me was that the ideas came through.

Hugo Weaving

But I love seeing good ideas and people who have the courage to back them up.

Bobby Burns