Ideas quotes

  • I love the idea of living a life that is completely humble and quiet.
    -- Andie MacDowell

    #Humble #Ideas #Quiet

  • When will the arbitrary be granted the place it deserves in the formation of works and ideas?
    -- Andre Breton

    #Ideas #Arbitrary #Granted

  • The mind supplies the idea of a nation, but what gives this idea its sentimental force is a community of dreams.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Dream #Ideas #Giving

  • A large share of our art heritage is now derived from peoples whose idea of art was quite other than ours, and even from peoples to whom the very idea of art meant nothing.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Ideas #Heritage

  • Every ten years you should delete from your mind a few ideas that your experience has proven to be false.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Ideas #Years #Mind

  • Stupidity is a factor to be reckoned with in human affairs. The true leader always expects to encounter it, and prepares to endure it patiently so long as it is normal stupidity. He knows that his ideas will be distorted, his orders carelessly executed; and that there will be jealousy among his assistants. He takes these inevitable phenomena into account, and instead of attempting to find men without faults, who are non-existent, he tries to make use of the best men at his disposal - as they are, and not as they ought to be.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Men #Order #Ideas

  • Ordinarily logic is divided into the examination of ideas, judgments, arguments, and methods. The two latter are generally reduced to judgments, that is, arguments are reduced to apodictic judgments that such and such conclusions follow from such and such premises, and method is reduced to judgments that prescribe the procedure that should be followed in the search for truth.
    -- Andre-Marie Ampere

    #Ideas #Two #Examination

  • I was an agnostic until I realized that I had to choose between God and fate. The idea that humanity and nature are the result of fate was not convincing at all. I find the presence of God everywhere.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Fate #Ideas #Humanity

  • While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.
    -- Andrea Dworkin

    #Women #Ideas #Gossip

  • If you were to press your heart close up against somebody else’s heart eventually your hearts will start beating at the same time. And two little babies in an incubator, their hearts will beat at the same time. Love that. So if you have somebody in your life that is prone to anxiety, like myself, and if you happen to be a calm person, you could come up and hug me heart to heart and my heart hopefully would slow to yours. And I just love that idea. Or maybe yours would speed up to mine. But either way, we’ll be there together.
    -- Andrea Gibson

    #Baby #Heart #Ideas

  • I grew up on a sugar plantation in Trinidad, on an expat estate, and that meant I had no idea about money until a lot later than most children.
    -- Andrea McLean

    #Children #Ideas #Sugar

  • I'm so drawn to the frontier mentality and that idea of having to figure everything out from scratch.
    -- Andrea Zittel

    #Ideas #Scratches #Figures

  • Every successful photograph, except for lucky shots, begins with an idea and a plan. The more precisely a photographer knows what it is he wishes to do, the better the chances are that he will do it.
    -- Andreas Feininger

    #Photography #Successful #Ideas

  • Profound insights arise only in debate, with a possibility of counterargument, only when there is a possibility of expressing not only correct ideas but also dubious ideas.
    -- Andrei Sakharov

    #Wisdom #Ideas #Profound

  • Never try to convey your idea to the audience - it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Mean #Ideas

  • The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Ideas #Soul

  • Clearly the hardest thing for the working artist is to create his own conception and follow it, unafraid of the strictures it imposes, however rigid these may be... I see it as the clearest evidence of genius when an artist follows his conception, his idea, his principle, so unswervingly that he has this truth of his constantly in his control, never letting go of it even for the sake of his own enjoyment of his work.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Letting Go #Artist #Ideas

  • It is perfectly possible to be a professional director or a professional writer and not to be an artist: merely a sort of executor of other people's ideas.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Artist #Ideas #People

  • The idea of infinity cannot be expressed in words or even described, but it can be apprehended through art, which makes infinity tangible. The absolute is only attainable through faith and in the creative act.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Ideas #Creative

    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Jobs #Ideas

  • The idea of writing songs because you're depressed and you need to communicate it somehow, that isn't really true for me.
    -- Andrew Bird

    #Song #Writing #Ideas

  • Most men are very attached to the idea of being male, and usually experience a lot of fear and insecurity around the idea of being a man. Most women are very identified with their gender, and also experience a tremendous amount of fear and insecurity.
    -- Andrew Cohen

    #Men #Ideas #Insecurity

  • Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored.
    -- Andrew Coyle Bradley

    #Ideas #Two #Identity

  • In approaching our subject it will be best, without attempting to shorten the path by referring to famous theories of the drama, to start directly from the facts, and to collect from them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
    -- Andrew Coyle Bradley

    #Drama #Ideas #Tragedy

  • Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself against attack or want of conformity answer in full to our feelings regarding the tragic character.
    -- Andrew Coyle Bradley

    #Character #Ideas #Order

  • Heaven is an idea constructed by man to help him cope with the fact that life on earth is both brutally short and, paradoxically, far too long.
    -- Andrew Davidson

    #Men #Ideas #Long

  • Aristotle especially, both by speculation and observation... reached something like the modern idea of a succession of higher organizations from lower, and made the fruitful suggestion of "a perfecting principle" in Nature. With the coming in of Christian theology this tendency toward a yet truer theory of evolution was mainly stopped, but the old crude view remained...
    -- Andrew Dickson White

    #Christian #Organization #Ideas

  • Wisdom is not about what you know, but how you know it. If knowledge is a measure of the grasp an individual has of a given subject, wisdom is a measure of his grip. Does he hold his ideas lightly or loosely? Will he let go when they show signs of wear or inappropriateness?
    -- Andrew Hargadon

    #Letting Go #Knowledge #Ideas

  • There is nothing that I shudder at more than the idea of a separation of the Union. Should such an event ever happen, which I fervently pray God to avert, from that date I view our liberty gone.
    -- Andrew Jackson

    #Views #Ideas #Liberty

  • Some of the best ideas I've gotten for my act have come from comedians and not magicians.
    -- Andrew Mayne

    #Ideas #Comedian #Magician

  • The idea that we cause harm by doing what we perceive to be the right thing, that's another theme that interests me. Because most people don't intend to cause harm, they cause harm by doing the right thing - in their mind.
    -- Andrew McCarthy

    #Ideas #People #Mind

  • Strong men have sound ideas and the force to make these ideas effective.
    -- Andrew Mellon

    #Strong #Men #Ideas

  • A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues.
    -- Andrew Mellon

    #Ideas #Common Sense #Reform

  • It had never occurred to Giles that there was something perfectly sensible about wanting to hold onto innocence. He had always gone in for the idea that since we only pass this way once, experience counts for everything.
    -- Andrew Norman Wilson

    #Ideas #Experience #Way

  • The way Pixar has always worked is that we think of an idea and then we make it. We don't develop lots of ideas and then pick one.
    -- Andrew Stanton

    #Thinking #Ideas #Way

  • And I'm not anti-sequel, but I just feel like there are very few ideas that are meant to be continued.
    -- Andrew Stanton

    #Ideas #Feels #Meant To Be

  • There are only two things as complicated as insurance accounting and I have no idea what they are.
    -- Andrew Tobias

    #Ideas #Two #Complicated

  • I want to disabuse people of the idea that knowledge is power. Knowing how to get to Detroit is not the same thing as having the bus fare.
    -- Andrew Vachss

    #Knowing #Ideas #People

  • The idea that you're not a writer until you're published is a lie.
    -- Andrew Vachss

    #Lying #Ideas

  • The notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modern, uniquely American, uniquely destructive idea.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Ideas #Modern #Should

  • The two are not mutually exclusive, but we think we can have wealth without good ideas and without values and without a clear vision. Wealth without vision is insanity.
    -- Andrew Young

    #Thinking #Ideas #Two

  • Our children lost our direction because they have been compromised. They have found freedom at the ballot box, and then they have taken on plastic chains around their minds and souls and mortgage their future on credit cards. They have to learn better - they have to learn the value of ideas and health as opposed to wealth.
    -- Andrew Young

    #Children #Taken #Ideas

  • I guess I just sorta figured out early on that most of what people feared was based on things they had heard or read, rather than what they had seen or touched. That being said I do fear that dark in the sort of spooky illustrative sense, that whole idea of "not knowing" whats there. I had really bad problems with the spooks when I was young, but not for fear of aliens.
    -- Andy Biersack

    #Dark #Ideas #Knowing

  • Now that we all agree contraception is a bad idea, let's take a harder look at electricity and soap.
    -- Andy Borowitz

    #Ideas #Soap #Looks

  • I think all people want freedom, but they've got this idea inserted into their head about money.
    -- Andy Couturier

    #Thinking #Ideas #People

  • Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things; otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realization. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Ideas #Differences #Would Be

  • A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Artist #Simple #Ideas

  • This is not my fault! Any ideas?” “You don't have a white flag, do you?
    -- Andy McDermott

    #Ideas #White #Flags

  • Christians talk as though goodness was their idea but good behavior doesn't have any religious origin. Our prisons are filled with the devout.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Christian #Religious #Ideas

  • It's paradoxical, that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Funny Life #Ideas #Long

  • My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you're a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea. That's the way to get an idea.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Ideas #Waiting #Advice

  • If you put on an item of clothing that hurts just because you have an idea it looks better or conforms to what other people are wearing, it's dumb.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Hurt #Ideas #People

  • I just sat there looking at television, sort of dumb and thought how horrible it was. I had -- the grand aspects of it did not occur to me -- I had no notion of this terrorist network that existed. I knew the were a lot of people in the world who didn't like us, but I had no idea that it was as well organized as it apparently is. That's one of the amazing facets of this terrible event: how well they did it. Incredible. The competence of these evil people.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Ideas #People #Evil

  • And 'Sex Drugs Rock Roll' was a very transitional film for me in that I was one of the producers and you know, came up with the idea with the writer and the producer, as well. But, it was a very collaborative event. You know, I really love working in that way.
    -- Andy Serkis

    #Sex #Rocks #Ideas

  • You have no idea the numbers of people that God may want to influence through you
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Ideas #Numbers #People

  • Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Regret #Ideas #Collections

  • I was too much of a victim of the model I created. I tried Change to Win and helping Obama, and then I just ran out of Andy Stern ideas.
    -- Andy Stern

    #Winning #Ideas #Too Much

  • I think anybody can take a good picture. My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time.
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Thinking #Ideas #Focus

  • The idea of America is so wonderful because the more equal something is, the more American it is
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Ideas #America #Wonderful

  • The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Ideas #Waiting #Anticipation

  • My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person.
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Photography #Artist #Ideas

  • I get into the studio and I try to make visible what's in the choreographer's mind. Sometimes a choreographer wants you to have an idea, and sometimes you are the idea.
    -- Angel Corella

    #Ideas #Ballet #Mind

  • When someone asks me about violence, I just find it incredible, because what it means is that the person who’s asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country, since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.
    -- Angela Davis

    #Country #Mean #Ideas

  • The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what's that? The freedom to starve?
    -- Angela Davis

    #Mean #Ideas #Political

  • On the one hand, the financial projection is on the agenda - we will see if this problem can be resolved or not. I think it is a right idea to stage a special summit, which would deal with the question of priorities of European politics.
    -- Angela Merkel

    #Thinking #Ideas #Hands

  • I don't do things that are comedic. This is such a crazy idea.
    -- Angelina Jolie

    #Crazy #Ideas #Crazy Ideas

  • All ideas grow out of other ideas
    -- Anish Kapoor

    #Ideas #Grows

  • One does not set out with the idea that I've just had a great idea and now I'm going to go and carry it out. Almost all art that's made like that doesn't go anywhere.
    -- Anish Kapoor

    #Art #Ideas #Doe

  • You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
    -- Anita Brookner

    #Selfish #Ideas #Decision

  • I resent the idea that people would blame the messenger for the message, rather than looking at the content of the message itself.
    -- Anita Hill

    #Ideas #People #Messengers

  • Since the tapestry of all time has already been woven, everything I could ever want to happen in my life already exists in that infinite, nonphysical plane. My only task is to expand my earthly self enough to let it into this realm. So if there's something I desire, the idea isn't to go out and get it, but to expand my own consciousness to allow universal energy to bring it into my reality here.
    -- Anita Moorjani

    #Reality #Self #Ideas

  • I am aware that success is more than a good idea. It is timing too.
    -- Anita Roddick

    #Business #Ideas #Timing

  • Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
    -- Anita Roddick

    #Ideas #Entrepreneur #Three

  • Good luck, I'm beginning to discover, is just as baffling as the bad. There never seems to be a reason for it - no sense of reward or punishment. It simply is - the most incomprehensible idea of all.
    -- Anita Shreve

    #Good Luck #Punishment #Ideas

  • If I were to have any sort of solid idea about which moments were God's manifestations, they would be those moments where one has practically nothing to do with what's going on. It's one of the best feelings in the world.
    -- Anjelica Huston

    #Ideas #Feelings #Would Be

  • I dont really write with the idea of trying to teach any lessons. I want to tell a story as truthfully and engagingly as I can, and then let the chips fall where they may.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Fall #Writing #Ideas

  • There are going to be moments of deep, deep doubts, and you have to have faith that your initial idea was good and just muddle through.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Writing #Ideas #Doubt

  • I love the idea of fictional worlds kind of all cohering in some way.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Ideas #World #Way

  • I hated motorcycles. I said to my mother, 'I'll never get a motorcycle.' And she said, 'You never know what you'll want when you are older.' After that, the thing that scared me was not so much the motorcycle itself, but that I could turn into a person who would want one. I was scared of the idea that I could become an entirely different person, a stranger to myself.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Mother #Ideas #Motorcycle

  • do get over the idea that size has any value or merit. It is the enemy of most of the best things in the world - it is the enemy of the good life.
    -- Ann Bridge

    #Good Life #Ideas #Enemy

  • I give speeches at megachurches across America, and the one thing that's really striking about it is how utterly, completely diverse they are, and completely unself-consciously. At these huge megachurches the idea that the more Christian you are, the less tolerant you would be is preposterous.
    -- Ann Coulter

    #Christian #Ideas #America

  • Listening to liberals invoke the sanctity of "science" to promote their crackpot ideas creates the same uneasy feeling as listening to Bill Clinton cite Scripture.
    -- Ann Coulter

    #Ideas #Feelings #Listening

  • I think [women] should be armed but should not vote...women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it...its always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care.
    -- Ann Coulter

    #Children #Thinking #Ideas

  • I found that it was easiest to convey the information in the context of the life of the scientist or in the context of our own personal experience, and there was no idea that was too complicated that couldn't be explained clearly and directly.
    -- Ann Druyan

    #Ideas #Information #Complicated

  • I believe that we are a story-driven species and that we understand how things are put together, in the context of narrative. It's a shame that science hasn't been taught that way, in a long time. It's usually the fact completely devoid of any human experience or any idea of how the scientist came to that conclusion.
    -- Ann Druyan

    #Believe #Ideas #Long

  • The way he treated me & the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other & our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday.
    -- Ann Druyan

    #Death #Husband #Ideas

  • Sometimes not having any idea where we’re going works out better than we could possibly have imagined.
    -- Ann Patchett

    #Ideas #Work Out #Sometimes

  • A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.
    -- Ann Radcliffe

    #Thinking #Errors #Ideas

  • All of my books now come from readers' ideas.
    -- Ann Rule

    #Book #Ideas #Reader

  • It's a really bad idea to be in a band and get involved with each other.
    -- Ann Wilson

    #Ideas #Band #Get Involved

  • I had no idea of the size of my bank account as a teen, and I didn't care to know. That was my mom's job, I figured that I would just find out when I turned 18. If you can't trust your mom, then who can you trust?
    -- Anna Chlumsky

    #Mom #Jobs #Ideas

  • I see myself as not a typical theater person, but a person who uses the theater as a place to meet people and explore ideas.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Ideas #People #Typical

  • You know, interesting minds usually do hold more than one idea at a time.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Ideas #Interesting #Mind

  • For me, first of all, I love people, I love ideas.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Ideas #People #Firsts

  • The American idea is as promising, imaginative, and full of the unexpected as the land itself. The land represents freedom - the frontier, the ability to make a new future with your own bare hands.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Hands #Land #Ideas

  • You have to be willing to accept the idea that people may think you're stupid.
    -- Anna Faris

    #Stupid #Thinking #Ideas

  • We don't catch hold of an idea, rather the idea catches hold of us and enslaves us and whips us into the arena so that we, forced to be gladiators, fight for it.
    -- Anna Funder

    #Fighting #Ideas #Arena

  • She had had no idea what it would do to her seeing him in a suit.
    -- Anna Godbersen

    #Ideas #Suits

  • My ideas were confused. In a peculiar way, the unreality of the outer world appeared to be an extension of my own disturbed state of mind.
    -- Anna Kavan

    #Confused #Ideas #Mind

  • You speak of beginning the education of your son. The moment he was able to form an idea his education was already begun. . . .
    -- Anna Letitia Barbauld

    #Education #Son #Ideas