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It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.

Author: Morris L. Ernst (1888)

Profession: American Lawyer, Statesman, Author

You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.

Author: Ray D. Everson


Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas.

Author: Charles Fillmore

Profession: American Co-founder of Unity School of Christianity

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.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald (1916)

Profession: British Author

Ideas are fatal to caste.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

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.

Author: Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Profession: French Essayist, Philosopher

An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

Ideas control the world.

Author: James A. Garfield (1831-1881)

Profession: Twentieth President of the USA

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

Great people talk about ideas. Small people talk about other people.

Author: Tobias S. Gibson


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.

Author: Andre Gide (1869-1951)

Profession: French Author

Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.

Author: Arnold H. Glasgow


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.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist