Ideas are the sparks of light that leap from creative abrasions. They
come unbidden and dance just beyond our fingertips. They can be crystal
clear to us and as clear as mud to others. They are total fun and total
frustration, both rolled into one.
being creative, dreaming,
fragility*, illumination, imagination, innovation,
inspiration, invention, mind, tension,
Few ideas are in themselves practical. It is for want of imagination in
applying them that they fail. The creative process does not end with an ideait
only starts with an idea.
A good idea turns every cog in your mind, making you scared of bed in case
the whole machine grinds to a halt.
Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas
which one has no time to write down.
You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an
idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.
Ideas are like matter, infinitely divisible. It is not given to us to get
down so to speak to their final atoms, but to their molecular groupingsthe way
is never ending and the progress infinitely delightful and profitable....
Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person
who gets out of the shower, dries off and does
something about it who makes the difference.
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.
There are only two kinds of scholars; those that love ideas and those that
Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Ideas are the root of creation.
I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets
there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.
Thomas Alva Edison
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used
successfully. Your idea has to be original only in
its adaptation to the problem you're working on.
Thomas Alva Edison
These days, the problem isn't how to innovate; it's how to get society to
adopt the good ideas that already exist.
Abstract ideas are the patterns two or more memories have in common.
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
When ideas fail, words come in handy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I had a terrific idea this morning, but I didnt like it.
Great ideas need landing gear.
C. D. Jackson
It is better to entertain an idea than to take home to live with you for the
rest of your life.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Ideas shape the course of history.
John Maynard Keynes
Ideas are useless unless used.
We are apt to think that our ideas are the creation of our own wisdom The
thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are
mortal; but ideas are immortal.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere; you even
We are apt to think that our ideas are the creation of our own wisdom but
the truth is that they are the result of the experience through outside
A person who can create ideas worthy of note is a person who has learned
much from others.
Any man who inflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them
H. L. Mencken
You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea: you can not put an idea up
against a barracks-square wall and riddle it with bullets: you cannot confine it
in the strongest prison cell that your slaves could ever build.
In the same way as the tree bears the same fruit year after year,
but each time new fruit, all lastingly valuable ideas in thinking must always be
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns,
why should we let them have ideas?
Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.
H. G. Wells
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There
is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
John H. Vincent
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
Frank Lloyd Wright
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.