Ideas quotes

Reason and emotion are not antagonists. What seems like a struggle between two opposing ideas or values, one of which, automatic and unconscious, manifests itself in the form of a feeling.

- Branden, Nathaniel

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.

- Alfred Whitney Griswold

Mathematics is a vast adventure in ideas; its history reflects some of the noblest thoughts of countless generations.

- Dirk Struik

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell

Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.


There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.

- Lionel Trilling

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

Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.

- Beecher, Henry Ward

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.

- Aldous Huxley

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

You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.

- Everson, Ray D.

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.

- Weil, Simone

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.

- Seldes, Gilbert

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong.

- Mrs. Stowe

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

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

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

- Keynes, John Maynard

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

- Anatole France

There is only one way in which a person acquires a new idea; by combination or association of two or more ideas he already has into a new juxtaposition in such a manner as to discover a relationship among them of which he was not previously aware.

- Francis A. Carter

We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets -- we remember only.

- Miller, Henry

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