Ideas quotes

  • we should contract our ideas of education, and expect no more from it than it is able to perform.
    -- Anna Letitia Barbauld

    #Education #Ideas #Able

  • Poverty does not make people terrorists, but terrorists can exploit the frustration it creates and use it as a breeding-ground for violent ideas.
    -- Anna Lindh

    #Frustration #Ideas #People

  • I really liked the idea of focusing on one thing for, hopefully, a long time to come. I also like the idea of a consistent lifestyle, as opposed to not really knowing where on the planet you're going to be at any given moment.
    -- Anna Paquin

    #Ideas #Knowing #Long

  • Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Ideas #Literature #Dough

  • At the point when I wanted to become a designer, I didn't think about, 'Oh, but I'm a woman,' just like didn't think about like, well, 'I'm Chinese' or that 'I'm in Michigan.' You know, none of those things were obstacles to me. I just had this idea that this is what I had to do.
    -- Anna Sui

    #Thinking #Ideas #Chinese

  • I have a big responsibility to my licenses. All my licenses draw from and take ideas from the runway.
    -- Anna Sui

    #Responsibility #Ideas #Runway

  • I just love the whole idea of conversational prints.
    -- Anna Sui

    #Ideas #Print

  • When you're a kid, you have these big ideas and these big dreams to make a change, or maybe you feel like you can't make a difference.
    -- AnnaSophia Robb

    #Dream #Kids #Ideas

  • When I began to be published, people got the idea that I should 'teach writing,' which I have no idea how to do and don't really believe in.
    -- Anne Carson

    #Believe #Writing #Ideas

  • Usually one or two things happen: Either you have an idea straightaway - the sort of sound that you want or the instrumentation or one particular sound that you want to feature - or you don't.
    -- Anne Dudley

    #Ideas #Two #Sound

  • We all shared an admiration of Debussy both as a musician and as sort of an icon for the 20th century. It seemed like an interesting idea to go right back 100 years to find the source of some new ideas now.
    -- Anne Dudley

    #Years #Ideas #Icons

  • I write anywhere - when I have an idea, it's hard not to write. I used to be kind of precious about where I wrote. Everything had to be quiet and I couldn't be disturbed; it really filled my day.
    -- Anne Enright

    #Writing #Ideas #Be Kind

  • Something amazing happens when the rest of the world is sleeping. I am glued to my chair. I forget that I ever wanted to do anything but write. The crowded city, the crowded apartment, and the crowded calendar suddenly seem spacious. Three or four hours pass in a moment; I have no idea what time it is, because I never check the clock. If I chose to listen, I could hear the swish of taxis bound for downtown bars or the soft saxophone riffs that drift from a neighbor's window, but nothing gets through. I am suspended in a sensory deprivation tank, and the very lack of sensation is delicious.
    -- Anne Fadiman

    #Sleep #Writing #Ideas

  • In many ways, a degree in the history of ideas is the ideal training for an aspiring writer.
    -- Anne Fortier

    #Ideas #Training #Degrees

  • I think that people had this idea that I sat at home and sucked on lollipops and ate cotton candy while I watched cartoons - wearing a tiara.
    -- Anne Hathaway

    #Home #Thinking #Ideas

  • Are we changing the idea of what beauty is? Let's hope so. I'm not the typical Hollywood beauty. Let's hope we're looking at the insides of people a little more.
    -- Anne Heche

    #Ideas #People #Typical

  • We must treat ideas somewhat as though they were baby fish. Throw thousands out into the waters. Only a handful will survive but that is plenty.
    -- Anne Heywood

    #Baby #Ideas #Water

  • Dancing almost always turns out to be a good idea.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Dance #Ideas #Dancing

  • What if we never 'get over' certain deaths, or our childhoods? What if the idea that we should have by now, or will, is a great palace lie? What if we're not supposed to? What if it takes a life time...?
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Lying #Ideas #Childhood

  • You don't want to spend your time around people who make you hold your breath. You can't fill up when you're holding your breath. And writing is about filling up, filling up when you are empty, letting images and ideas and smells run down like water - just as writing is also about dealing with the emptiness.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Running #Writing #Ideas

  • I just can't get over how much babies cry. I really had no idea what I was getting into. To tell you the truth, I thought it would be more like getting a cat.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Baby #Cat #Ideas

  • My idea of everything going smoothly on an airplane is (a) that I not die in a slow-motion fiery crash or get stabbed to death by terrorists and (b) that none of the other passengers try to talk to me. All conversation should end at the moment the wheels leave the ground.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Airplane #Ideas #Flying

  • I've heard people say that God is the gift of desperation, and there's a lot to be said for having really reached a bottom where you've run out of any more good ideas or plans for everybody else's behavior; or how to save and fix and rescue; or just get out of a huge mess, possibly of your own creation.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Running #Ideas #People

  • Mothering has been the richest experience of my life, but I am still opposed to Mother's Day. It perpetuates the dangerous idea that all parents are somehow superior to non-parents.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Mother #Ideas #Parent

  • People ask my mother whether she had any idea that I'd be CEO of a company some day, and she would say, 'Absolutely not. Totally out of the realm of possibility.' There was certainly nothing that would have been very predictable in my upbringing.
    -- Anne M. Mulcahy

    #Mother #Ideas #People

  • Quite truthfully, I have no idea how much the pension is worth because I have never contemplated retiring.
    -- Anne McLellan

    #Ideas #Retiring #Pension

  • I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas.
    -- Anne Stevenson

    #Memorable #Ideas #Giving

  • Who shot you?" For a moment he looked annoyed. "I fail to see what that's got to do with anything. Reading assures me that anyone who's ever met me would have reason to shoot me, so I must admit with all candor that I have no idea. Was it you?" "If I'd shot you I wouldn't have missed," she said. "Was that wishful thinking or are you in fact a practiced shot?" "Desire would have made up for lack of expertise.
    -- Anne Stuart

    #Reading #Thinking #Ideas

  • No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination.
    -- Anne Sullivan Macy

    #Ideas #Imagination #Trying

  • Why, it is as easy to teach the name of an idea, if it is clearly formulated in the child's mind, as to teach the name of an object.
    -- Anne Sullivan Macy

    #Children #Names #Ideas

  • We are afraid of ideas, of experimenting, of change. We shrink from thinking a problem through to a logical conclusion.
    -- Anne Sullivan Macy

    #Thinking #Ideas #Problem

  • I didn't really know anything about Margot Fonteyn. I'd never really been a ballet child, so I had no idea what an incredibly huge icon she was, not just in terms of a creative icon - she was also a style icon. I had no idea she was up there with Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis in terms of that kind of image.
    -- Anne-Marie Duff

    #Children #Ideas #Icons

  • And as experienced as I am, it still summons an act of bravery from me, and I like that. I like the idea of setting an example - proving that it is acceptable to be alone in a public place where everyone else is in groups, and to just be sitting there eating, not having to be engrossed in anything else.
    -- Anneli Rufus

    #Ideas #Bravery #Groups

  • I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Beautiful #Ideas #Want

  • I don't try to overintellectua lize my concepts of people. In fact, the ideas I have, if you talk about them, they seem extremely corny and it's only in their execution that people can enjoy them...It's something I've learned to trust: The stupider it is, the better it looks.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Ideas #People #Trying

  • People buy ideas, they don't buy photographs.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Photography #Ideas #People

  • Our ancestors are totally essential to our every waking moment, although most of us don't even have the faintest idea about their lives, their trials, their hardships or challenges.
    -- Annie Lennox

    #Ideas #Challenges #Essentials

  • The book, the idea of a book or the image of a book, is a symbol of learning, of transmitting knowledge.. I make my own books to find my way through the old stories.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Book #Ideas #Stories

  • I am against the idea of the end, that everything culminates in paradise or judgment.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Ideas #Paradise #Judgment

  • Ruins, for me, are the beginning. With the debris, you can construct new ideas. They are symbols of a beginning.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Ideas #Ruins #Debris

  • Without new ideas success can become stale
    -- Anthony Bourdain

    #Ideas #Stale

  • The practice of fiction can be dangerous: it puts ideas into the head of the world.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Practice #Ideas #Fiction

  • You have no idea how pleasant it is not to have any future. It's like having a totally efficient contraceptive.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Future #Ideas #Pleasant

  • Mere absurdity has never prevented the triumph of bad ideas, if they accord with easily aroused fantasies of an existence freed of human limitations.
    -- Anthony Daniels

    #Ideas #Triumph #Fantasy

  • I've always resisted the idea of becoming a David Hasselhoff, and I hope I'm still resisting it.
    -- Anthony Head

    #Ideas #Becoming #Stills

  • I mean Buckingham Palace has never hired a professional public relations outfit let alone a Madison Avenue type and they would throw up their hands in horror at the very idea.
    -- Anthony Holden

    #Mean #Hands #Ideas

  • I don't believe in nepotism. I don't much like the idea of parents who interfere.
    -- Anthony Hopkins

    #Believe #Ideas #Parent

  • I love the idea that magic and witchcraft and battles between supernatural creatures could be raging all around us but just out of our sight.
    -- Anthony Horowitz

    #Sight #Ideas #Magic

  • What were you going to do with it?” McCain asked. "I just thought it might come in useful.” "Were you planning to attack me?” "No. But that’s a good idea.
    -- Anthony Horowitz

    #Ideas #Might #Planning

  • I like the idea of being the funny guy in the dramatic thing, playing a hit man with a weird sense of humor.
    -- Anthony Jeselnik

    #Men #Ideas #Guy

  • I like the idea of defying the convention of what it is to be in your 40s, or 50s, or 60s.
    -- Anthony Kiedis

    #Ideas #Defying #Conventions

  • Currents of energy shimmer through our bodies. Like shooting stars, we rocket through spacious stillness. But this silent, unmoving background is nothing like the granite ideas we use trying to take root in groundless soil.
    -- Anthony Lawlor

    #Stars #Ideas #Roots

  • I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship - my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do.
    -- Anthony Mackie

    #Father #Ideas #Want

  • Stereotypes are based on the idea that two heads are bigger than one.
    -- Anthony Marais

    #Ideas #Two #Stereotype

  • I think it's even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses.
    -- Anthony Michael Hall

    #Thinking #Ideas #Style

  • It's not worth it, it's not about money, especially when you're dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down.
    -- Antoine Fuqua

    #Ideas #People #Culture

  • As ideas are preserved and communicated by means of words, it necessarily follows that we cannot improve the language of any science, without at the same time improving the science itself; neither can we, on the other hand, improve a science without improving the language or nomenclature which belongs to it.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Mean #Hands #Ideas

  • The impossibility of separating the nomenclature of a science from the science itself, is owing to this, that every branch of physical science must consist of three things; the series of facts which are the objects of the science, the ideas which represent these facts, and the words by which these ideas are expressed. Like three impressions of the same seal, the word ought to produce the idea, and the idea to be a picture of the fact.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Ideas #Facts #Nomenclature

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

    #Hands #Ideas #Bears

  • The despotism of will in ideas is styled plan, project, character, obstinacy; its despotism in desires is called passion.
    -- Antoine Rivarol

    #Passion #Character #Ideas

  • The more elevated a culture, the richer its language. The number of words and their combinations depends directly on a sum of conceptions and ideas; without the latter there can be no understandings, no definitions, and, as a result, no reason to enrich a language.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Ideas #Numbers #Understanding

  • Like stories, people have individual lives, and are all caught up in this murky thing. All of them have the best intentions. In that sense, you could just as easily tell the same story from another character's perspective. Maybe that's a good idea for a TV series.
    -- Anton Corbijn

    #Character #Ideas #People

  • My biggest fear always is that I’ll photograph an idea rather than a person, so I try to be quite sensitive to how people are.
    -- Anton Corbijn

    #Ideas #People #Trying

  • The ideal woman to me would be the gun-toting moll. Someone who is true blue and ready to face the world. Open to ideas and suggestion, not stubborn and closed minded.
    -- Anton Szandor LaVey

    #Gun #Blue #Ideas

  • As regards the presentation of musical ideas, obviously rules of order soon appeared. Such rules of order have existed since music has existed and since musical ideas have been presented... So we shall try to put our finger on the laws that must be at the bottom of this...
    -- Anton Webern

    #Order #Law #Ideas

  • From this simple phenomenon, this idea of saying something twice, more often, as often as possible, in order to make oneself understood - the most artful things developed... the principle of repetition!
    -- Anton Webern

    #Simple #Order #Ideas

  • What is music? Music is language. A human being wants to express ideas in this language, but not ideas that can be translated into concepts...
    -- Anton Webern

    #Ideas #Want #Language

  • The idea is distributed in space. It isn't only in one part; one part can't express the idea any longer, only the union of parts can completely express the idea. The idea found it necessary to be presented by several parts. After that, there was a rapid flowering of polyphony.
    -- Anton Webern

    #Ideas #Space #Unions

  • Indeed, man only exists insofar as he expresses himself. Music does it in musical ideas.
    -- Anton Webern

    #Men #Expression #Ideas

  • We have to give up the idea of realism to a far greater extent than most physicists believe today.
    -- Anton Zeilinger

    #Giving Up #Believe #Ideas

  • I never view aesthetic ideas as having an existence purely of their own but as a function they have in connection with political or moral values.
    -- Antoni Tapies

    #Views #Ideas #Political

  • All my pictures are a kind of revision of my original idea. This is surely very different from the way in which Japanese or Chinese artists work: their themes are pre-ordained, whereas mine are invented at will.
    -- Antoni Tapies

    #Artist #Ideas #Chinese

  • Like a researcher in his laboratory, I am the first spectator of the suggestions drawn from the materials. I unleash their expressive possibilities, even if I do not have a very clear idea of what I am going to do. As I go along with my work I formulate my thought, and from this struggle between what I want and the reality of the material - from this tension - is born an equilibrium.
    -- Antoni Tapies

    #Struggle #Reality #Ideas

  • Mathematics and art are quite different. We could not publish so many papers that used, repeatedly, the same idea and still command the respect of our colleagues.
    -- Antoni Zygmund

    #Beauty #Art #Ideas

  • I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.
    -- Antonia Fraser

    #Writing #Ideas #Tomorrow

  • There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Depression #Ideas #People

  • And what is an authentic madman? It is a man who preferred to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor. So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses. For a madman is also a man whom society did not want to hear and whom it wanted to prevent from uttering certain intolerable truths.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Men #Ideas #Mad

  • The idea of a detached art, of poetry as a charm which exists only to distract our leisure, is a decadent idea and an unmistakable symptom of our power to castrate.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Art #Ideas #Leisure

  • [defines a madman as] a man who preferred to become mad,in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Men #Ideas #Mad

  • However fiercely opposed one may be to the present order, an old respect for the idea of order itself often prevents people from distinguishing between order and those who stand for order, and leads them in practice to respect individuals under the pretext of respecting order itself.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Order #Practice #Ideas

  • On this day, when we're celebrating our constitutional heritage, I urge you to be faithful to that heritage - to impose on our fellow citizens only the restrictions that are there in the Constitution, not invent new ones, not to invent the right because it's a good idea.
    -- Antonin Scalia

    #Ideas #Scary #Faithful

  • If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility.
    -- Antonin Scalia

    #Thinking #Ideas #Abortion

  • I've never worried about what audiences would accept or had a game plan regarding the career. I never had an idea of how I should look to my fans or anybody else.
    -- Antonio Banderas

    #Games #Careers #Ideas

  • I had an idea and I wanted just to make it work. And I am never, ever secure on the set that what I am doing is going to translate to the screen. It never changes.
    -- Antonio Banderas

    #Ideas #Never Change #Wanted

  • I was very interested in the relationship between the man who speaks and the woman who listens. I was drawn to the idea that the relationship between a man and a woman can be something like a war itself, very cruel and violent.
    -- Antonio Lobo Antunes

    #War #Men #Ideas

  • Perfection spawns doctrines, dictators and totalitarian ideas.
    -- Antonio Tabucchi

    #Ideas #Perfection #Doctrine

  • I have always believed that this idea of having a nation go through this very painful five or six years of continuous recession with high unemployment would be detrimental for the economy and the society.
    -- Antonis Samaras

    #Years #Ideas #Would Be

  • I believe scientists have a duty to share the excitement and pleasure of their work with the general public, and I enjoy the challenge of presenting difficult ideas in an understandable way.
    -- Antony Hewish

    #Believe #Hard Work #Ideas

  • There is this great idea about the logic of a politician, along the lines of: "Something must be done, this is something, therefore we must do it.
    -- Antony Jay

    #Ideas #Done #Lines

  • A lot of times, some of my best ideas happen when I'm running. That's when I do my best thinking.
    -- Apolo Ohno

    #Running #Thinking #Ideas

  • That peculiar disease of intellectuals, that infatuation with ideas at the expense of experience, that compels experience to conform to bookish expectations.
    -- Archibald MacLeish

    #Ideas #Expectations #Atheism

  • It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
    -- Archibald MacLeish

    #Men #Opposites #Ideas

  • So, I was just a young guy, maybe with an idea, and Cecil Taylor, himself a rebel, would take a chance on a guy like me. It turned out to be a very symbiotic partnership. I learned a lot from him.
    -- Archie Shepp

    #Ideas #Guy #Rebel

  • Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational, existential. Nothing is sacred. After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative, is threatened.
    -- Archie Shepp

    #Ideas #Musical #Culture

  • There's pressure to come up with something genius every time. I feel like I keep letting myself down with my Twitter posts. I have to start keeping a journal of rough drafts of prophetic ideas about the world.
    -- Ari Graynor

    #Ideas #Rough Drafts #Genius

  • Discover the great ideas that lie inside you by discovering the power of sleep.
    -- Arianna Huffington

    #Lying #Sleep #Ideas

  • Maybe it goes without saying that if you want to become a famous writer before you’re dead, you’ll have to write something. But the folks in my classes with the biggest ideas and the best publicity shots ready to grace the back covers of their best-selling novels are also usually the ones who aren’t holding any paper.
    -- Ariel Gore

    #Writing #Class #Ideas

  • I realized I liked being in the studio and working on translating the ideas into recordings.
    -- Ariel Rechtshaid

    #Ideas #Translate #I Realized

  • I was a snot-nosed teenage skater at one point, who listened to only punk records and hung around people that had that idea of what is okay to do and what isn't okay to do.
    -- Ariel Rechtshaid

    #Teenage #Ideas #People

  • He held to the idea that the Jewish people, so often victims of injustice and persecution, should have a state where they could be independent and free. Think good or ill of Arik Sharon, agree or disagree with him, but that calling - a noble one - was plain and unalloyed.
    -- Ariel Sharon

    #Independent #Thinking #Ideas