Quotes with ideas
When he tells you he wants to exchange ideas, what he really wants is to exchange fluids.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Loose ideas on the subject of business will not answer. It must be reduced to something of a science. It has its principles, upon a knowledge and an application of which, success in it mainly depends.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say. I have sometimes heard painters say that they paint "for themselves": but I think they would soon have painted their fill if they lived on a desert island.
There is enormous inertia -- a tyranny of the status quo -- in private and especially governmental arrangements. Only a crisis -- actual or perceived -- produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.
Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever. These ideas which mobilized the masses are only a worthless currency. Libya has had to put up with too much from the Arabs for whom it has poured forth both blood and money.
If I'd had more time or been a better writer, I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel. But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web.
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas -- that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.
Dissenting opinion in Abrams v. United States (1919)
One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate, and verify. False ideas are those that we cannot. That is the practical difference it makes to us to have true ideas; that therefore is the meaning of truth, for it is all that truth is known as.
It’s not a sign of creativity to have sixty-five ideas for one problem. It’s just a waste of energy.
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.
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.
The disruptive powers of excessive national fecundity may have played a greater part of bursting the bonds of convention than either the power of ideas or the errors of autocracy.
The Economic Consequence of Peace (1919)
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
If you can understand what a free market is, a free market of ideas, that's what the Internet in the computer age has brought about. Governments and corporations have yet to find a way to control this last free market of ideas. And why is the Internet the last free market of ideas? People better start addressing these types of questions, otherwise what has happened to the news media will happen to the computer as an information tool.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
The more dependent you become on centralized power, the more easily you are lead around. So the last thing we have to protect is the place of ideas which is the information superhighway.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain, straight liar. When I get too much to drink, I can't even finger well, let alone play decent ideas. ... You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.
Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.
Our Unconscious Mind and how to Use it (1922)
It isn't that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your history's meaning.
The Facts, opening letter to Zuckerman (1988)
It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.
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.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Interview with Robert van Gelder (April 1947), as quoted in John Steinbeck : A Biography (1994) by Jay Parini
One becomes a terrorist not only by killing with a weapon or setting a bomb but also by encouraging others through ideas that go against our Western and Christian civilization.
The function of history...is to describe and make understandable the forces which have shaped the destiny of man and brought him to the present time equipped as he now is with these ideas and institutions.
Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right and wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894