The worst gift that I ever gave a girl was a suitcase for Christmas. As in, 'I can't think of anything to give you, but here's a new suitcase.' Afterward, I was like, 'What were you thinking, idiot?'
The idea is to fall and miss the ground.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
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.
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.
There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
The full-grown modern human being who seeks but refuge finds instead boredom and mental dissolution, unless he can be, even in his withdrawal, creative. He can find the quality of happiness in the strain and travail only of achievement and growth. And he is conscious of touching the highest pinnacle of fulfillment which his life-urges demand when his is consumed in the service of an idea, in the conquest of the goal pursued.
Reasons for anger
The humanities of business in this age have become more important than the techniques of business. Each business and industry has to sweep the public misunderstandings and the false notions off its own front walk. Thus will a pathway be cleared for popular appreciation of the important rule of business in our freedom and in our way of life.
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)
We communicate happiness to others not often by great acts of devotion and self-sacrifice, but by the absence of fault-finding and censure, by being ready to sympathize with their notions and feelings, instead of forcing them to sympathize with ours.
Self-culture; Physical, Intellectual, Moral and Spiritual: A Course of Lectures (1880)
Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
Unless the man who works in an office is able to "sell" himself and his ideas, unless he has the power to convince others of the soundness of his convictions, he can never achieve his goal. He may have the best ideas in the world, he may have plans which would revolutionize entire industries. But unless he can persuade others that his ideas are good, he will never get the chance to put them into effect. Stripped of non-essentials, all business activity is a sales battle. And everyone in business must be a salesman.
A great many college graduates come here thinking of lawyers as social engineers arguing the great Constitutional issues.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is why so few people engage in it.
The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.
One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
Commerce is the great civilizer. We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics.
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.
Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles.
It was the old notion that justice should not arise from laws, but laws from justice.
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.
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 difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
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.
Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.
The Christian notion of the possibility of redemption is incomprehensible to the computer.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
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)
The next generation of businessmen will be articulate, knowing what they believe and entering joyously into the battle of ideas, or there will be no business as we have known it heretofore.
On the clarity of your ideas depends the scope of your success in any endeavor.
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.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
Progress is always the product of fresh thinking, and much of it thinking which to practical men bears the semblance of dreaming.
The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.
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
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.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations that we can perform without thinking about them.
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
You can think I'm wrong, but that's no reason to quit thinking.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
You guys are thinking like doctors when you should be thinking like plumbers. Come on, I wanna see a plumbers buttcrack.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
Any idea where I can get a "Mission Accomplished" banner?
House, Teamwork. By Dr. Gregory House.
You're just upset because the whole time she was with you, she was thinking about my huge, throbbing... diagnostic skills.
House, Lucky Thirteen. 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.
The notion of picking one time of year to be decent to other people is obscene because it’s actually validating the notion of being miserable wretches the rest of the year.
House, It's A Wonderful Lie. By Dr. Gregory House.
Started thinking about what you said; about me obsessing; started obsessing about obsessing.
House, Epic Fail. By Dr. Gregory House.
I was deluded into thinking I might be crazy.
House, Broken. By Dr. Gregory House.