Ideas quotes

  • When we see the world through our thoughts, we stop experiencing life as it really is and others as they really are. When I have a thought about you, that’s something I’ve created. I’ve turned you into an idea. In a certain sense, if I have an idea about you that I believe, I’ve degraded you. I’ve made you into something very small. This is the way of human beings, this is what we do to each other.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Believe #Ideas #World

  • We realize--often quite suddenly--that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn't define us, it has no center.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Self #Ideas #Who We Are

  • I love market research because you really have an idea of what your consumers are looking for.
    -- Aerin Lauder

    #Ideas #Research #Market Research

  • There is a fundamental difference between the Jewish idea of creation and that of Islam. The creation according to Islam is not a unique act in a given time but a perpetual and constant event; and God supports and sustains all existence at every moment by His will and His thought. Outside His will, outside His thought, all is nothing, even the things which seem to us absolutely self-evident such as space and time. Allah alone wishes: the Universe exists; and all manifestations are as a witness of the Divine will.
    -- Aga Khan III

    #Unique #Self #Ideas

  • Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Ideas #Clothings

  • I don't know. I don't know at all. And that's what's frightening the life out of me. To have no idea....
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Ideas #Frightening

  • To make up a dance, I still need, as I needed then, a pot of tea, walking space, privacy and an idea.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Ideas #Space

  • I'm very careful not to have ideas, because they're inaccurate.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Ideas #Careful

  • The best thing about Berlin was that I got to be surrounded by people who pursue their ideas for themselves.
    -- Agnes Obel

    #Ideas #People #Berlin

  • A man who listens because he has nothing to say can hardly be a source of inspiration. The only listening that counts is that of the talker who alternately absorbs and expresses ideas.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Inspirational #Men #Ideas

  • The idea of perfection always gives one a chance to talk without knowing facts.
    -- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

    #Ideas #Knowing #Giving

  • Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.
    -- Ahmed Ben Bella

    #Country #Europe #Ideas

  • I would ask my parents something, but then go to my siblings. We were encouraged to bounce ideas off everyone.
    -- Ahmet Zappa

    #Sibling #Ideas #Parent

  • I think art certainly is the vehicle for us to develop any new ideas, to be creative, to extend our imagination, to change the current conditions.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Thinking #Ideas

  • These are nonviolent people who have lost their freedom simply because they expressed their ideas.... In truth, they are heroes of our time.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Hero #Ideas #People

  • The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Ideas #Common Sense #Scripture

  • How utterly terrible is the current idea that Christians can serve God at their own convenience.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Ideas #Convenience

  • Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. The philosopher and the scientist will admit that there is much that they do not know; but that is quite another thing from admitting there is something which they can never know, which indeed they have no technique for discovering.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Philosophy #Ideas #Giving

  • I have a different idea of a universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Ideas #Different #Rich

  • I didn’t mind the quiet stretches. It was like we were trying out the idea of being side by side.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Ideas #Mind #Trying

  • In athletics, the idea of possibility is presumed. It's not 'if;' it's 'how.'
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Ideas #Possibility #Athletics

  • People go through life blindly, ignoring death like revellers at a party feasting on fine foods. They ignore that later they will have to go to the toilet, so they do not bother to find out where there is one. When nature finally calls, they have no idea where to go and are in a mess.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Party #Ideas #People

  • Abroad, they have covered pretty much all subjects, explored every possibility, every twist. So similarities between ideas you have and those filmed abroad are quite possible.
    -- Ajay Devgan

    #Ideas #Twists #Possibility

  • Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp. I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together.
    -- Ajay Naidu

    #Summer #School #Ideas

  • I have no idea what the U.S. intends to do further there and what would be the reaction of the Iraqi people. I only know that the sole option is to leave Iraq to the Iraqi people.
    -- Akbar

    #Ideas #Iraq #People

  • When I was young, I would sit in the bath and ideas would come to me. But I'm not young any more, so now I just sit in the bath.
    -- Aki Kaurismaki

    #Ideas #Baths #Young

  • If you go through life convinced that your way is always best, all the new ideas in the world will pass you by.
    -- Akio Morita

    #Ideas #World #Way

  • The "patron saint" of Japanese quality control, ironically, is an American named W. Edwards Deming, who was virtually unknown in his own country until his ideas of quality control began to make such a big impact on Japanese companies.
    -- Akio Morita

    #Country #Ideas #Impact

  • When I start on a film I always have a number of ideas about my project. Then one of them begins to germinate, to sprout, and it is this, which I take and work with. My films come from my need to say a particular thing at a particular time. The beginning of any film for me is this need to express something. It is to make it nurture and grow that I write my script- it is directing it that makes my tree blossom and bear fruit.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Writing #Ideas #Numbers

  • I have no idea who the characters are, later, their personalities take over anything I might want to do. I end up writing not from my own will, but from theirs-they come alive as I write and make me do things that I couldn't have planned.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Writing #Character #Ideas

  • The method of producing comics in Japan is very hectic, but it's also rewarding because it's possible to do both the story and art all by yourself. In this way, it's possibly to bring out one's individuality. If this idea appeals to you, I call on you to try drawing your own manga.
    -- Akira Toriyama

    #Art #Japan #Ideas

  • My ideas come when I least expect it, so I've always got to have a studio nearby or close by somewhere.
    -- Akon


  • Don't you get the idea I'm one of those goddam radicals. Don't get the idea I'm knocking the American system.
    -- Al Capone

    #Ideas #Political #Knocking

  • I know that it's probably not a good idea for a comedian, especially a satirist, to support a public policy group or a politician. This is something I learned only too well years ago when I did a fundraiser for Pol Pot. A few years later I saw 'The Killing Fields,' and I've got to tell you, I just felt like a schmuck.
    -- Al Franken

    #Years #Ideas #Support

  • There's lots about politics I don't feel comfortable with. To talk about the politics of future ideas is impossible in soundbite form.
    -- Al Gore

    #Ideas #Impossible #Form

  • Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.
    -- Al Gore

    #Ideas #Hands #People

  • Never hesitate to steal a good idea.
    -- Al Neuharth

    #Ideas #Stealing

  • In fact, when I come up with an idea for a parody I try to resist the urge to Google the idea to see if someone has done it already because the answer is almost always, "Yes, of course they have, they've thought of it!"
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Ideas #Google #Trying

  • Literature deeply stands opposed to the dominant value system-the one that rewards money and power. Writers are on the other side-they make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that are of deep importance but can’t afford airtime in a commercialized, status-consciou s, and cynical world.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Ideas #Cynical #Feelings

  • There is a devilishly direct relationship between the significance of an idea and how nervous we become at the prospect of having to think about it.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Thinking #Ideas #Nervous

  • The problem isn't so much finding good ideas (there is no shortage) as embedding the ones we have into everyday practice.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Practice #Ideas #Everyday

  • It is this idea 'decency' should be attached to wealth -and 'indecency'' to poverty - that forms the core of one strand of skeptical complaint against the modern status-ideal. Why should failure to make money be taken as a sign of an unconditionally flawed human being rather than of a fiasco in one particular area if the far larger, more multifaceted, project of leading a good life? Why should both wealth and poverty be read as the predominant guides to an individual's morals ?
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Good Life #Taken #Ideas

  • The fear of saying something stupid (which stupid people never have) has censored far more good ideas than bad ones.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Stupid #Stupid People #Ideas

  • Republicans are as capable of coming up with great ideas and moving this country along as anyone - they just don't do it.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Country #Moving #Ideas

  • It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Ideas #Sometimes #Shelves

  • "What I've learned about teaching is to refer back to the root of that word, which is educo, which means "to pull from." Education does not mean jamming information into somebody's head. Rather, it's that ancient idea that all knowledge is within us; to teach is to help somebody pull it out of themselves."
    -- Alan Arkin

    #Teaching #Mean #Ideas

  • I think of a plot, I think of an idea, and then I wonder, How can I get that onto the stage? . . . Whatever devices you use should always be there to serve the theme. If the theme has been overtaken by the device, then something's wrong.
    -- Alan Ayckbourn

    #Thinking #Ideas #Crafts

  • To begin with, it's true, she read with trepidation and some unease. The sheer endlessness of books outfaced her and she had no idea how to go on; there was no system to her reading, with one book leading to another, and often she had two or three on the go at the same time.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Book #Reading #Ideas

  • Except I'm aware that as a writer you can't get away with as much writing for children as you can with adults. Children have much more finely tuned senses of justice, morals, and ethics. They are much more Platonic: children are symmetrical, before we begin to fragment them with our own nonsensical ideas and squelch their natural joy in knowledge.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Children #Writing #Ideas

  • Levante have gone fourth in Serie A. If anyone can tell me what part of Italy Levante is in, please call. I've no idea
    -- Alan Brazil

    #Ideas #Gone #Please

  • Will you ever run out of creative ideas and expressions? Ha! The more creative ideas you have, the more you will discover. Creativity is a tree with countless branches that never stop blossoming.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Running #Creativity #Ideas

  • The idea of being a foreign correspondent and wandering the world and witnessing great events, having adventures and covering the activities of world leaders, appealed to me greatly. It was a very glamorous life in those days.
    -- Alan Cranston

    #Adventure #Ideas #Leader

  • With Urban Secrets, I just really liked the idea of wandering around chatting to people.
    -- Alan Cumming

    #Ideas #People #Secret

  • I liked the idea of all of humanity fitting inside a sugar cube because more than 99.9% of matter is space.
    -- Alan Davies

    #Ideas #Space #Humanity

  • Our First Amendment expresses a far different calculus for regulating speech than for regulating nonexpressive conduct and that is as it should be. The right to swing your fist should end at the tip of my nose, but your right to express your ideas should not necessarily end at the lobes of my ears.
    -- Alan Dershowitz

    #Ideas #Swings #Liberty

  • Xavier, who looks just like Zeus, not that I have any idea what Zeus looks like...
    -- Alan Green

    #Football #Ideas #Looks

  • It’s hard to build models of inflation that don't lead to a multiverse. It’s not impossible, so I think there’s still certainly research that needs to be done. But most models of inflation do lead to a multiverse, and evidence for inflation will be pushing us in the direction of taking [the idea of a] multiverse seriously.
    -- Alan Guth

    #Thinking #Ideas #Needs

  • Men die but an idea does not.
    -- Alan Jay Lerner

    #Men #Ideas #Doe

  • Java and C++ make you think that the new ideas are like the old ones. Java is the most distressing thing to hit computing since MS-DOS.
    -- Alan Kay

    #Thinking #Ideas #Make You Think

  • The idea of a terrorist attack that assaults innocent human beings in a building or a mall or a restaurant is bad enough. Yet the terrorist mind that looks at a passenger plane and sees the fuel and the intensity of the blast, and sees the rocket engines that will carry it into the heart of destruction like a cruise missile, but who does not see the humanity of one single soul on that airplane, is the chilling truth of what we're up against.
    -- Alan Keyes

    #Heart #Airplane #Ideas

  • Rights don't come from human documents. The very idea is only worthy of contempt. Human documents are nothing but pieces of paper, they are nothing but words--until by will, and conscience, and courage, and commitment, human beings turn them into reality.
    -- Alan Keyes

    #Commitment #Reality #Ideas

  • The relationship between science and the humanities is two-way. Science changes our view of the world and our place in it. In the other direction, the humanities provide the store of ideas and images and language available to us in understanding the world. The exploding star of A.D. 1054, the Crab Nebula, was sighted and documented by the Chinese, but nowhere mentioned in the West, where the Aristotelian notion of the immortality of stars still held sway. We often do not see what we do not expect to see.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Stars #Views #Ideas

  • I am spellbound by the plays of Shakespeare. And I am spellbound by the second law of thermodynamics. The great ideas in science, like the Cro-Magnon paintings and the plays of Shakespeare, are part of our cultural heritage.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Law #Play #Ideas

  • There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There's only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Blood #Ideas #Flesh

  • Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Reality #Thinking #Ideas

  • Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Ideas #Flesh #Mask

  • Yes, of course, the whole idea is utterly inane, but to let its predictable inanities blind you to its truly fabulous and breathtaking aspects is to do both oneself and the genre a disservice.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Ideas #Fabulous #Breathtaking

  • Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Ideas #Responsible #Computing

  • My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Real #Ideas #Magic

  • Ideas are the engines of progress. They improve people's lives by creating better ways to do things. They build and grow successful organizations and keep them healthy and prosperous. Without the ability to get new ideas, an organization stagnates and declines and will eventually be eliminated by competitors who do have fresh ideas.
    -- Alan Robinson

    #Successful #Organization #Ideas

  • Every improvement or innovation begins with an idea. But an idea is only a possibility - a small beginning that must be nurtured, developed, engineer, tinkered with, championed, tested, implemented and checked ideas have no value until they are implemented.
    -- Alan Robinson

    #Creativity #Ideas #Innovation

  • Modern liberalism has many roots. One of the most important is the ideas of a man described by an American critic as 'his satanic free-trade majesty John Stuart Mill' and revered by others.
    -- Alan Ryan

    #Men #Ideas #Roots

  • The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Ideas #Done #May

  • In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Ideas #Matter #Certain

  • What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money ... but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth ... In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are "coins" for real things.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Real #Ideas #Example

  • Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word “water” is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Reality #Ideas #Play

  • I hold no candle for George Osborne whatsoever. He has no strategic skills, is a hopeless chancellor, has no idea how most people have to live and his policies are failing and hurting millions.
    -- Alastair Campbell

    #Hurt #Skills #Ideas

  • Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.
    -- Albert Bandura

    #Ideas #People #Would Be

  • The most loathsome materialism is not the kind people usually think of, but the sort that attempts to let dead ideas pass for living realities, diverting into sterile myths the stubborn and lucid attention we give to what we have within us that must forever die.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Thinking #Reality #Ideas

  • I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Compassion #Ideas #People

  • I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Ideas #People #Giving

  • Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Love #Men #Ideas

  • The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Creativity #Knowledge #Ideas

  • I've seen of enough of people who die for an idea. I don't believe in heroism; I know it's easy and I've learned it can be murderous. What interests me is living and dying for what one loves.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Believe #Ideas #People

  • It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Views #Ideas #Giving

  • No, Father, I've a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Children #Father #Ideas

  • My great idea is that we must forgive the Pope. First of all, he needs it more than anyone else. Besides, it is the only way of placing oneself above him.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Forgiveness #Ideas #Forgiving

  • I have the loftiest idea, and the most passionate one, of art. Much too lofty to agree to subject it to anything. Much too passionate to want to divorce it from anything.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Art #Divorce #Ideas

  • L'absurde est la notion essentielle et la premie' re ve? rite? . The absurd is the fundamental idea and the first truth.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Ideas #Fundamentals #Firsts

  • The first choice an artist makes is precisely to be an artist, and if he chooses to be an artist it is in consideration of what he is himself and because of a certain idea he has of art
    -- Albert Camus

    #Art #Ideas #Choices

  • There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Light #Essence #Ideas

  • Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Creativity #Ideas #Contagious

  • Thanks to my fortunate idea of introducing the relativity principle into physics, you (and others) now enormously overrate my scientific abilities, to the point where this makes me quite uncomfortable.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Ideas #Principles #Thanks

  • Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Math #Science #Ideas

  • It is this mythical, or rather symbolic, content of the religious traditions which is likely to come into conflict with science. This occurs whenever this religious stock of ideas contains dogmatically fixed statements on subjects which belong in the domain of science.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Religious #Ideas #Religion

  • The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Ideas #Aliens

  • For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Ideas #Insane #Doe

  • The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Positive #Kindness #Ideas

  • My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Law #Punishment #Ideas

  • A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way, but intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Creativity #Ideas #Intuition