An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.


Thomas Mann (1875-1955, German author, critic)


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!


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.


Jacques Maritain (1882-1973, French philosopher)


An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


I'm not impressed with the power of a corporate president. I am impressed with the power of ideas.


Ken Mason (American businessman, president of Quaker Oats)


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...


Rod McKeun


The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.


Sir Peter Medawar (1915-1987, British immunologist)


Long is the road from conception to completion.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


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.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


It first appeared like a crazy idea. It turned out he had a great idea.


Richard J. Munro (American businessman)


The simple joy of taking an idea into one's own hands and giving it proper form, that's exciting.


George Nelson


Never hesitate to steal a good idea.


Al Neuharth (American publisher, founder of USA today)


Little words hurt big ideas.


Howard W. Newton


If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he would make a fortune.


Griff Niblack


We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Everything begins with an idea.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


Everything begins with an idea.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


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.


Roger Von Oech


In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to man to whom the idea first occurs.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.


Linus Pauling (1901-1994, American chemist, 2-time Nobel Prize winner)


Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold from the mines.


A. Owen Penny


An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.'


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


Everybody calls "clear" those ideas which have the same degree of confusion as his own.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


It is a bad idea to take a thorn out of someone else's foot and put it into your own.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


If everyone thought the same way, no goods would ever be sold.


Libian Proverb


Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.


Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986, American naval engineering officer)


Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.


Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986, American naval engineering officer)


Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.


Antoine Rivarol (1753-1801, French journalist, epigrammatist)


Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Labor gives birth to ideas.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial.


Richard Rorty (1931-, American philosopher)


To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something.


E. L. Simpson


If you pray for only one thing, .let it be for an idea.


Percy Sutton (American businessman, president of Inner City Broadcasting)


Many ideas are good for a limited time -- not forever.


Robert Townsend (1920-, American businessman, president of Avis)


Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and forever.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


A crank is someone with a new idea -- until it catches on.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


An idea discovered is much better possessed.'


Author Unknown


An idea is worth nothing if it has no champion.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


Ideas won't work unless you do.


Author Unknown


It isn't easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head filled with prejudice.


Author Unknown


It takes a single idea and a single action to move the world.


Author Unknown


Not the one who has many ideas, but the one who has a single conviction may become a great person.


Author Unknown


Some people entertain ideas; others put them to work.


Author Unknown


The world moves, and ideas that were good once are not always good.


Author Unknown


Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.


Author Unknown


Having precise ideas often leads to a man doing nothing.


Paul Valery (1871-1945, French poet, essayist)


Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.


John H. Vincent


Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


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.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


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.


John Williamson


When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.


Marianne Williamson (1952-, American author, lecturer on spirituality)


Think for thyself one good idea, but known to be thine own, is better than a thousand gleaned from fields by others sown.


Alexander Wilson


To make ideas effective, we must be able to fire them off. We must put them into action.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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