Ideas Quotes

Goethe - daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward....
Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
Helen Kelle

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
Spinoza
Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official - - Not to say arbitrary - - In their ideas, and are apter and apter with each passing day to forget that they only hold power in a representative capacity.
William Adams
Gaston bachelard - ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce...
Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
Hyman Rickove

The greatest ideas are the simplest.
William Golding, Lord of The Flies
From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.
Joseph Addison
There are only two kinds of scholars those who love ideas and those who hate them.
Emile Chartie
Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas.
Charles Fillmore
Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America.
Theodore Harold White
The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will.
J. Arthur Thomson
Everyone is in business for himself, for he is selling his services, labor or ideas. Until one realizes that this is true he will not take conscious charge of his life and will always be looking outside himself for guidance.
Sidney Madwed
Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible.
Pearl Bailey
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.
Anon.
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - A place where history comes to life.
Norman Cousins
The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.
Karl Kraus
Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
Henry Van Dyke
There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination (1950)
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.
Albert Einstein
There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.
Emile Chartie
The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963
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
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
Marie Curie
At the center of each human heart is goodness, layered over with hurt, confusion, and mistaken ideas. Our task is to gently peel off layer after layer until the unfettered heart can shed its love upon the world.
Sue Patton Thoele, The Courage To Be Yourself Journal
There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal.
The National, Paris, 1850
The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas - A trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated.
Ronald Reagan
People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
David H. Comins
Whoever sets himself to see things as they are will find himself one of a very small circle but it is only by this small circle resolutely doing its own work that adequate ideas will ever get current at all.
Matthew Arnold
The more words you know, the more clearly and powerfully you will think and the more ideas you will invite into your mind.
Wilfred Funk
It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.
Thomas Mann
The wise only possess ideas the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action.
Midge Decto
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
John Maynard Keynes
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
Anatole France
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
Tommy Smothers
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Stanislaus J. Lec
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John F. Kennedy
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
Anonymous
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Rmy de Gourmont