Quotes with idea
Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
The idea is to fall and miss the ground.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Idea for a farce. A poor...loser does a documentary of a great man and in the process learns some deep values.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry.
Introduction to Ward's English Poets (1880).
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further then a great idea that inspires no one.
In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.
One thing I was thinking about the other day was you can't even conceive of the kinds of things you can do in movies today. The idea that you could draw, in a computer, dinosaurs and have them running around was totally impossible.
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.
My stories run up and bite me in the leg — I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.
A Series of Talks Given on the Ford Sunday Evening Hour (1936)
Each five-minute piece you now see in my show takes two years from idea to execution. That is why - when someone steals my creations - it's very difficult to deal with.
All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a certain way, by war; they make it tour the world.
This is the true meaning of mutual security.It is the idea that by helping one another build a strong, prosperous world community, free people will not only win through to a just peace but can apply their wonderful, God-given talents toward creating an ever-growing measure of man's humanity to man.
Address at the Gettysburg College Convocation: The Importance of Understanding (April 4, 1959).
The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven't the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I've been doing this work for thirty years now.
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
Man for Himself (1947)
When I was taking a course in analytic mechanics, the professor had a big machine that each student had to experiment with and get an answer. And you had to find the weight of the earth with this contraption. There was a whole room full of retorts and Bunson burners and beakers and motors. And I did that, and there was nothing more ridiculous to me than finding the weight of the earth because I didn't care how much the earth weighed. And later on I didn't have any idea that this would be... I thought this was very useless, you know. I had no idea that this was going to come in handy in my cartoon work later on.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
When I first started under LSD, I found myself turning and turning on the couch. I said to the doctor, ‘Why am I turning around on this sofa?’ and he said ‘Don’t you know why?’ and I said I didn't have the vaguest idea, but I wondered when it was going to stop. ‘When you stop it,’ he answered. Well, it was like a revelation to me, taking complete responsibility for one’s own actions. I thought ‘I’m unscrewing myself.’ That’s why people use the phrase, ‘all screwed up.’
Speaking to a reporter about his experience taking LSD.
The last two generations have abandoned even the idea of greatness. The media, academe, the creative community, now extol the ordinary, enshrine the victim.
You have to be burning with "an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right." If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.
You guys with your book and your movie, you got really close to understanding war. You got very close, but you didn’t get all the way. The ultimate truth about war isn’t that you might die. The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers. In some ways, until today, you didn’t have the first idea about war. You didn’t know the first thing about it until today. And you’ve lost a brother. And now you understand.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington. Junger was quoting correspondence from an unknown Vietnam War veteran.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It's a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.
Speech at the dedication ceremony for the United States Information Agency Transmitter Complex in Greenville, North Carolina on February 8, 1963.
Why is the human skull as dense as it is? Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull.
I had the fortunate experience of being the first person with the right idea and the right resources available at the right time in history.
Autobiography from Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 2000, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 2001
Nothing, believe me, nothing is more satisfying to me personally than getting a great idea and then beatin' it to death.
Late Night with David Letterman (March 5. 1993)
Our country has been influenced by France more than most people have any idea. Our capital city was laid out by a Frenchman, the size of the country more than doubled when France sold us the Louisiana territory; the French helped in the Revolution; French names of cities, towns and rivers are scattered all across the country.
Platitude -- An idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
No one ever heard of the truth being enforced by law. Whenever the secular arm is called in to sustain an idea, whether new or old, it is always a bad idea, and not infrequently it is downright idiotic.
To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.
Sunday After the War (1944)
I started writing cheating songs when I was too young to have any idea what I was writing about -- broken hearts and things like that. I just think it was something I already knew, something I had experienced in another lifetime.
'Painting' and 'religious experience' are the same thing. It is a question of the perpetual motion of a right idea.
I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible.
As quoted in Time magazine article "World: Saints and Statesmen" published on November 6, 1978.
For those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these Stand Your Ground laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?
During a statement on race in America following Zimmerman verdict, July 19, 2013.
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
In this topsy-turvy, crazy, illogical world, Man has made laws for himself. He has fenced himself round with them, mainly with the idea of keeping communities together, and gain for the strongest. No woman was consulted in the making of laws. And nine-tenths of the people who are daily obeying--or fighting against--Nature's laws, have no real opinion. Opinion means deduction, after weighing the matter, and deep thought upon it. They simply echo feeling, because for generations forbears have laid something down as an axiom. They do not investigate or weigh for themselves. The axiom of the forbears was, 'It is immoral to follow God's law, unless bound by man's law and a wedding ring.'
quoted in Mark Twain on Three Weeks, Elinor Glyn
It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts.
What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make.
If there's one theme in all my work it's about authenticity and self-expression. It's the idea that some things are in some real sense really you, or express what you and others aren't.
Interview with Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian (November 29, 2002)
The power of a bold idea uttered publicly in defiance of dominant opinion cannot be easily measured. Those special people who speak out in such a way as to shake up not only the self-assurance of their enemies, but the complacency of their friends, are precious catalysts for change.
You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Any idea where I can get a "Mission Accomplished" banner?
House, Teamwork. By Dr. Gregory House.
Good idea. Oh, damn, I left my CT machine in my other pants.
House, Last Resort. By Dr. Gregory House.
I've got no idea what's wrong with her. So odds are… not fatal.
House, Known Unknowns. By Dr. Gregory House.