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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. Gaston Bachelard

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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. John Cage

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An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it. Richard Bach

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Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls. Gaston Bachelard

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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. Francis Bacon

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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. Bernard Baruch

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So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs. Dorothea Brande

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It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes. Elias Canetti

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The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste! Les Brown

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It is the nature of thought to find its way into action. Christian Nevell Bovee

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They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities. Albert Einstein

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Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas. George Eliot

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Ideas are fatal to caste. E. M. Forster

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There are well-dressed foolish ideas, just as there are will-dressed fools. Nicolas Chamfort

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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. Nicolas Chamfort

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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. - Henry Ward Beecher

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Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.

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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? Dale Carnegie

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The value of an idea lies in the using of it. Thomas Edison

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Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. Arnold H. Glasgow

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Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice. Sydney J. Harris

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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! Joseph Conrad

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He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong. Benjamin Disraeli

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Great ideas originate in the muscles. Thomas Edison

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Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all. Elbert Hubbard

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A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

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An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor. Robert Frost

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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. Michel Foucault

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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. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To have a great idea, have a lot of them. Thomas Edison

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We are prisoners of ideas. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent. Antoine de Rivarol

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Some people entertain ideas; others put them to work.

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A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows. William James

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An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation. William James

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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. John Maynard Keynes

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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. Søren Kierkegaard

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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. Wyndham Lewis

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Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever. Leon Trotsky

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An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it. Don Marquis

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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. Alfred A. Montapert

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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. Pablo Picasso

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Many ideas are good for a limited time -- not forever. Robert Townsend

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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. André Gide

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I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it. Samuel Goldwyn

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Ideas... they have the power Napoleon Hill