Ideas Quotes

Aldous huxley - at least two - thirds of our miseries spring from...
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)
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non - Westerners never do.
Samuel P. Huntington
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
Henry ward beeche - all words are pegs to hang ideas on....
Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.
H. L. Mencken
There is nothing easier than lopping off heads and nothing harder than developing ideas.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is useless to send armies against ideas.
Georg Brandes
Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self - Opinionated thinkers.
John Owen
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt
The history of ideas is the history of the grudges of solitary men.
E. M. Cioran
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
Dr. Linus Pauling
Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
Helen Kelle
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
In the realm of ideas it is better to let the mind sally forth, even if some precious preconceptions suffer a mauling.
Robert F. Goheen
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
Samuel Johnson
Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as suits.
Paul Graham, September 2004
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
Archibald MacLeish
Ideas control the world.
James Abram Garfield
The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.
Karl Kraus
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
Anatole France
The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal but ideas are immortal.
Richard Adams
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Stanislaus J. Lec
Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
Don Marquis
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
Gaston Bachelard
The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal.
William Lippmann
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
The test of a first - Rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
F Scott
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
Fran Lebowitz
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
When men are brought face to face with their opponents, forced to listen and learn and mend their ideas, they cease to be children and savages and begin to live like civilized men. Then only is freedom a reality, when men may voice their opinions because they must examine their opinions.
Walter Lippmann
My ideas are a curse. They spring from a radical discontent With the awful order of things.
Mary Manin Boggs
Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us put out more and better ideas if our efforts are truly appreciated.
Alexander Osborn
The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward De Bono
All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.
Grant Wood
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
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
Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.
Hector Berlioz
I am about to put foward some major ideas they will be heard and pondered. If not all of them please, surely a few will in some sort, then, I shall have contributed to the progress of our age, and shall be content.
Marquis de Sade