Ideas quotes
He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.

- Disraeli, Benjamin
We like to test things... no matter how good an idea sounds, test it first.

- Block, Henry
Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.

- Trilling, Lionel
Watch against any fallacies in your ideas which may arise, not from disingenuousness, but from allowing yourself in moments of feeling to think vaguely, and not to attach precise meaning to your words. Without any cold caution of expression, it is a duty we owe to God's truth, and to our own happiness and the happiness of those around us, to think and speak as correctly as we can. Almost all heresy, schism, and misunderstandings, between either churches or individuals who ought to be one, have arisen from this fault of an involved and vague style of thought.

- MS. 1842.
Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.

- Hyman Rickover
Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.

- Bachelard, Gaston
When patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge.

- Kupferberg, Tuli
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.

- Pope, Alexander
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

- Marquis, Don
Ideas too are a life and a world.

- Lichtenberg, Georg C.
I carry my ideas about me for a long time, often a very long time, before I commit them to writing.

- Ludwig van Beethoven
Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.

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

- Arthur C. Clarke
What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.

- Fanon, Frantz
Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.

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

- John Cage
As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.

- Macmillan, Harold
To feel the right emotions is fully as important as to hold the right ideas, and the great service of religion is the development of the right emotions.

- Geoffrey Parsons
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

- Engle, Paul

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