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Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
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Eureka! I've got it.
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The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing.
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An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it.
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Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.
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Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
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In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
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Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.
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We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more. -
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A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank.
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We like to test things... no matter how good an idea sounds, test it first.
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It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
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The most important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
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So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.
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It is useless to send armies against ideas.
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There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
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Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!
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Every new idea is an impossibility until it is born.
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If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person.
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Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.
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We are governed not by armies, but by ideas.
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Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.
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It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
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The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
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A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
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There are well-dressed foolish ideas, just as there are will-dressed fools.
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Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you only have one.
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Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) It's completely impossible. (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing. (3) I said it was a good idea all along.
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The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
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People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
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Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance, each carrying away some crumb of that belief in a few simple notions you must cling to if you want to live decently and would like to die easy!
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An idea is the only level which moves the world.
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Not the one who has many ideas, but the one who has a single conviction may become a great person.
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Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action. Their acquisition obligates each man in some way to change his life, even if it is only his inner life. They demand to be stood for. They dictate where a man must concentrate his vision. They determine his moral and intellectual priorities. They provide him with allies and make him enemies. In short, ideas impose an interest in their ultimate fate which goes far beyond the realm of the merely reasonable.
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Ideas are the roots of creation.
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He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
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Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
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Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
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The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
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To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
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Great ideas originate in the muscles.
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They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
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Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
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We are prisoners of ideas.
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It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
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Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
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There is no prosperity, trade, art, city, or great material wealth of any kind, but if you trace it home, you will find it rooted in a thought of some individual man. --
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Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.
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You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.
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Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas.
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It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
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Ideas are fatal to caste.
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There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas... that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.
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An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.
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Ideas control the world.
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An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
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Great people talk about ideas. Small people talk about other people.
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It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
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Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.
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Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
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I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.
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Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds
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Go out and buy yourself a five-cent pencil and a ten-cent notebook and begin to write down some million-dollar ideas for yourself.
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Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
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Ideas move fast when their time comes.
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Ideas... they have the power
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All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
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Lots of people know a good thing the minute the other fellow sees it first.
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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
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Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
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Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
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A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
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Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free.
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The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
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There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
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Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
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Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
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Ideas are, in truth, force.
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A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.
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An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
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If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary. But if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic.
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The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.
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Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
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If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.
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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
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It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.
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The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
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Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wander whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.
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Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.
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A new idea is like a child. It's easier to conceive than to deliver.
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When patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge.
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What you need is an idea.
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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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Ideas too are a life and a world.
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The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal.
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The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you're dead.
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If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
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But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind -- Act!
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A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.
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An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
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I'm not impressed with the power of a corporate president. I am impressed with the power of ideas.
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Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride by on air. You've only to reach out and snatch one...
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The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
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Long is the road from conception to completion.
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In Texas, years ago, almost all of the oil came from surface operations. Then someone got the idea that there were greater sources of supply deeper down. A well was drilled five thousand feet deep. The result? A gusher. Too many of us operate on the surface. We never go deep enough to find supernatural resources. The result is, we never operate at our best. More time and investment is involved to go deep but a gusher will pay off.
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It first appeared like a crazy idea. It turned out he had a great idea.
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The simple joy of taking an idea into one's own hands and giving it proper form, that's exciting.
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Never hesitate to steal a good idea.
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Little words hurt big ideas.
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If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he would make a fortune.
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Everything begins with an idea.
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It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.
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The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
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Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold for the mines.
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A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission.
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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.
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People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
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A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
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Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.
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Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
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You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it well.
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Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
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Labor gives birth to ideas.
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The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial.
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To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
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A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
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Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
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The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
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Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas, If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed.
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I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
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Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something.
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There is nothing in the world more powerful than an idea. No weapon can destroy it; no power can conquer it except the power of another idea.
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If you pray for only one thing, .let it be for an idea.
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Many ideas are good for a limited time -- not forever.
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Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
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A crank is someone with a new idea -- until it catches on.
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Ideas won't work unless you do.
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An idea is worth nothing if it has no champion.
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Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.
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The world moves, and ideas that were good once are not always good.
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Some people entertain ideas; others put them to work.
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It's a pretty good idea to be of good cheer but not all the time. Just at the most unexpected times.
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It isn't easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head filled with prejudice.
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Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
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The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.
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Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
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The point, simply, is that we are doing more rediscovering these days than discovering coming anew upon truths that ignorant people refused to examine, over the centuries, because the wise people who held custody of the fundamental truths of nature were unpopular.
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When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.
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Think for thyself one good idea, but known to be thine own, is better than a thousand gleaned from fields by others sown.
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An idea discovered is much better possessed.
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