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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.

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