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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It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.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.
An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.

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