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The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
Two monologues do not make a dialogue.
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.
Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.
Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas, If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed.
Long is the road from conception to completion.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.
The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
Not the one who has many ideas, but the one who has a single conviction may become a great person.
Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas... that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
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.
The whole problem is to establish communication with ones self.

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