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Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
Great people talk about ideas. Small people talk about other people.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
A new idea is like a child. It's easier to conceive than to deliver.
They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
Lots of people know a good thing the minute the other fellow sees it first.
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.
Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!
An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it.
Eureka! I've got it.
Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.
If you pray for only one thing, .let it be for an idea.
Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it well.
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.
Everything begins with an idea.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
Ideas move fast when their time comes.
It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
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?
In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.
A crank is someone with a new idea -- until it catches on.
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.
Labor gives birth to ideas.
Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.
Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride by on air. You've only to reach out and snatch one...
When patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge.
What you need is an idea.
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.
We are prisoners of ideas.
Not the one who has many ideas, but the one who has a single conviction may become a great person.
It is useless to send armies against ideas.
The most important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.
It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank.
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
If at first an idea doesn't sound absurd, then there is no hope for it.
An idea discovered is much better possessed.
Think for thyself one good idea, but known to be thine own, is better than a thousand gleaned from fields by others sown.
When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.
The point, simply, is that we are doing more rediscovering these days than discovering coming anew upon truths that ignorant people refused to examine, over the centuries, because the wise people who held custody of the fundamental truths of nature were unpopular.
Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
It isn't easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head filled with prejudice.
Some people entertain ideas; others put them to work.
It's a pretty good idea to be of good cheer but not all the time. Just at the most unexpected times.
The world moves, and ideas that were good once are not always good.
An idea is worth nothing if it has no champion.
Ideas won't work unless you do.
Many ideas are good for a limited time -- not forever.
Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
There is nothing in the world more powerful than an idea. No weapon can destroy it; no power can conquer it except the power of another idea.
Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something.
I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial.
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold for the mines.
A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission.
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.
If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he would make a fortune.
Never hesitate to steal a good idea.
Little words hurt big ideas.
The simple joy of taking an idea into one's own hands and giving it proper form, that's exciting.
It first appeared like a crazy idea. It turned out he had a great idea.
In Texas, years ago, almost all of the oil came from surface operations. Then someone got the idea that there were greater sources of supply deeper down. A well was drilled five thousand feet deep. The result? A gusher. Too many of us operate on the surface. We never go deep enough to find supernatural resources. The result is, we never operate at our best. More time and investment is involved to go deep but a gusher will pay off.
Long is the road from conception to completion.
The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
I'm not impressed with the power of a corporate president. I am impressed with the power of ideas.
A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.
But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind -- Act!
The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you're dead.
The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal.
Ideas too are a life and a world.
The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wander whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.
It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.
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.
If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary. But if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic.
The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.
Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.
Ideas are, in truth, force.
The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
Ideas... they have the power
Go out and buy yourself a five-cent pencil and a ten-cent notebook and begin to write down some million-dollar ideas for yourself.
Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds
Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.
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.
Ideas control the world.
An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
Ideas are fatal to caste.
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's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas.
You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.
Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.
There is no prosperity, trade, art, city, or great material wealth of any kind, but if you trace it home, you will find it rooted in a thought of some individual man. --
Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
Ideas are the roots of creation.
He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action. Their acquisition obligates each man in some way to change his life, even if it is only his inner life. They demand to be stood for. They dictate where a man must concentrate his vision. They determine his moral and intellectual priorities. They provide him with allies and make him enemies. In short, ideas impose an interest in their ultimate fate which goes far beyond the realm of the merely reasonable.
An idea is the only level which moves the world.
Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance, each carrying away some crumb of that belief in a few simple notions you must cling to if you want to live decently and would like to die easy!
The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) It's completely impossible. (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing. (3) I said it was a good idea all along.
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you only have one.
A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
There are well-dressed foolish ideas, just as there are will-dressed fools.
It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.
We are governed not by armies, but by ideas.
Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.
If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person.
Every new idea is an impossibility until it is born.
There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
We like to test things... no matter how good an idea sounds, test it first.
Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.
We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more. -
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
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.
The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing.
Ideas have consequences and bad ideas can have lethal consequences.