100+ Best Idea Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational idea quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us. — Barbara Jordan

Novel technologies and ideas that impinge on human biology and their perceived impact on human values have renewed strains in the relationship between science and society. — Paul Berg

No, but it’s not because I’m getting older that I’m trying to accelerate. But something very curious is happening: The older I get, the more ideas I’m getting. — Patrice Leconte

In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception, threat and bribery have all been exhausted. — Michael Musto

We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us….. The old manifest destiny idea ought to be modified so that each nation has the manifest destiny to do the best it can – and that without cant, without the assumption of self-righteousness and with a desire to learn to the uttermost from other nations. — Francis John McConnell

Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other. — Eugene Field

You have to be willing to accept the idea that people may think you’re stupid. — Anna Faris

My idea of a good night has always been having a lovely meal and a proper conversation. — Kirsty Gallacher

There has always been this narrator in me – I loved ideas, and part of the great love affair I would have with ideas consisted of talking about them. — Jason Silva

There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move. — Daniel Smith

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. — Napoleon Hill

And I liked that whole idea that energy comes from not disseminating your ideas and talking about them. — Cameron Crowe

There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea. — Gustav Stickley

The greater the conceptual significance of a literary product, the more it should be assumed that it is based on an idea that determines the whole, and that the deeper consciousness of the time to which it belongs is reflected in it. — Ferdinand Christian Baur

The most important political task facing the out-of-power party – the Democrats for now – is creating a villain to run against. It’s certainly easier than developing some grand new ideas or policies on which to campaign. — Pat Sajak

As Oscar Wilde should have said, when bad ideas have nowhere else to go, they emigrate to America and become university courses. — Frederic Raphael

Nanotechnology is the idea that we can create devices and machines all the way down to the nanometer scale, which is a billionth of a meter, about half the width of a human DNA molecule. — Paul McEuen

I caught hold of the great bull market in soybeans in 1977. I had no idea what I was doing, incidentally. — Bruce Kovner

I get up, go and get a coffee, and go do the crossword – I’m loyal to one particular paper, the ‘Guardian’ – and that’s my idea of a perfect morning. — Laura Marling

While negativity is politically useful, it is also demoralizing unless it is accompanied – and to some extent overshadowed – by elevated and inspiring ideas about the American future. — John Podhoretz

Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred. — Daniel De Leon

When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. No one thought this was a good idea — Constance Baker Motley

Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king. — Mark Doren

We’re always attracted to characters who are people we could identify with and yet are put through incredibly tortured or difficult circumstances – the idea being that you don’t really know who you are until you’ve been tested or suffered in some way. — Erich Hoeber

My ideas about time all developed from the realization that if nothing were to change we could not say that time passes. Change is primary, time, if it exists at all, is something we deduce from it. — Julian Barbour

A choreographer deals with the movement that you create, and with a creative director it’s about the story, the stage, the lighting, the costuming, executing someone’s idea, choosing how far to go or how little to go, and blending it so that you feel it, you’re emotionally effected. — Laurieann Gibson

Actually ideas are everywhere. It’s the paperwork, that is, sitting down and thinking them into a coherent story, trying to find just the right words, that can and usually does get to be labor. — Fred Saberhagen

The best thing about Berlin was that I got to be surrounded by people who pursue their ideas for themselves. — Agnes Obel

It really is a fact that liberals are much higher than conservatives on a major personality trait called ‘openness to experience.’ People who are high on openness to experience just crave novelty, variety, diversity, new ideas, travel. People low on it like things that are familiar, that are safe and dependable. — Jonathan Haidt

It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject: the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to the enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual. — Alexander Fleming

As a leader, these attributes – confidence, perseverance, work ethic and good sense – are all things I look for in people. I also try to lead by example and create an environment where good questions and good ideas can come from anyone. — Heather Bresch

You can write about other people and their ideas and life without having lived it, but even your perception of that is going to be colored by what you know and what you experience. And this is undeniable. — James Salter

Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot. — Bobby Jindal

Before I start, I trick myself into thinking I know what’s going to happen in the story, but the characters have ideas of their own, and I always go with the character’s choices. Most of the time I discover plot twists and directions that are better than what I originally had planned. — Neal Shusterman

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. — Muammar al-Gaddafi

It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books. — Margaret Mahy

There are no original ideas. There are only original people. — Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Land began to be seen as something to be owned privately and exploited for private interests, and never was entirely reconciled with the old ideas that land should be utilized in common for the good of all. — Neil Abercrombie

I’m trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed. — Barbara Kruger

It’s harder, but we’re still finding oil in Oklahoma today. The bar has been raised on startup companies, but it can still be done. Every regulation and every rule limits you, but, yes, it can still be done. That’s the beauty of living in a free country and having the freedom to have an idea and become an entrepreneur. — Harold Hamm

In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They’re very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you’re there. — Bill Murray

Schoolchildren and older people like the idea of planting trees. For children, it’s interesting that an acorn will grow into an oak, and for older people it’s a legacy. And the act of planting a tree is not that difficult. — Clive Anderson

If Pakistan has any ideas of annexing any part of our territories by force, she should think afresh. I want to state categorically that force will be met with force and aggression against us will never be allowed to succeed. — Lal Bahadur Shastri

The truth about filmmaking is you have all these ideas and you’re trying to convince everybody that they should buy into this idea, but at two o’clock in the morning when you’re all on your own you’re going, ‘Geez, I hope I know what I’m doing. I hope this idea is gonna work.’ — Gavid Hood

The enmity of such a party towards Socialism does not mean that the members are only prejudiced against it because they do not know it; it means that they are possessed of bourgeois ideas, and wish to determine their policy accordingly. — Karl Radek

I’m still learning a lot as a songwriter. I try to write down and make a note of ideas that I cross paths with on a day-to-day basis, whether it be a conversation or something I hear on the radio, seeing a movie, or just thoughts in my head as I’m walking down the street. — Sam Hunt

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it. — Elizabeth Bowen

I happen to dig being able to use whatever mystique I have to further the idea of peace. — Garrett Morris

You need a great idea, but then you’ve got to carry it through. If you get it right, you’re going to be a critical success. But not everyone who works hard gets it right, or has the success they deserve: there’s an element of luck. — Ian Rankin

Good actors, especially when they know their character, will come in and either tell you in advance that they have an idea, or in the middle of the rehearsal or the scene they’ll let it loose and you go, ‘Ah that’s great.’ — Denis Leary

I have a notebook that is filled to the brim with my dreams and ideas and goals and aspirations. — Karlie Kloss

There aren’t that many things left that haven’t already been done, especially with music. I’m interested in ideas that can shake us all up. — Jack White

If people work together in an open way with porous boundaries – that is, if they listen to each other and really talk to each other – then they are bound to trade ideas that are mutual to each other and be influenced by each other. That mutual influence and open system of working creates collaboration. — Richard Thomas

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. — Marie Curie

I would say for the young: Don’t be straight jacketed by ideology. Don’t be driven by a structure of ideas. — Bill Ayers

Very few of us have any idea whatsoever of what life is like living in a goldfish bowl,except, of course, for those of us who are goldfish. — Graham Taylor

A good idea for lyrics and a melody to expand on. — Gordon Waller

I have a different idea of a universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all. — Aime Cesaire

Nothing is more confused than to be ordered into a war to die or to be maimed for life without the faintest idea of what’s going on. — Hanoi Hannah

I had a marketing idea that everybody hated, decency is sexy. — James L. Brooks

I got this idea about being afraid to let go of something and being afraid of sinking into a state of almost anesthesia, where you have to trust other people. Just the paranoia of it all. And it seemed to suit the frenetic track. So I just wrote it out and, you know, said it. — Nick Rhodes

Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society. — Mary Ellen Mark

Anyone in the humor business isn’t thinking clearly if he doesn’t surround himself with idea people. Otherwise, you settle for mediocrity – or you burn yourself out. — Hank Ketcham

When a truth is necessary, the reason for it can be found by analysis, that is, by resolving it into simpler ideas and truths until the primary ones are reached. It is this way that in mathematics speculative theorems and practical canons are reduced by analysis to definitions, axioms and postulates. — Gottfried Leibniz

Our funding is based on our support of ideas like limited government, individual rights and a strong defense. — Richard Scaife

I like the idea of taking off like a bird. — Florence Welch

The idea is to die young as late as possible. — Ashley Montagu

The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and theres ongoing creative revelations. Yes, its really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow. — Carlton Cuse

A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas. — Ferdinand de Saussure

Ideas for my first experiments in human aggression came from discussions we had in a research seminar about William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies.’ — Philip Zimbardo

We need fresh, new leadership with bold ideas and a new approach to get more people back to work with quality jobs and restored dignity in the lives of our Utahns. — Scott Howell

The mistake is to imagine that perfection is possible when the very idea is unthinkable. — Luis Figo

Strong men have sound ideas and the force to make these ideas effective. — Andrew Mellon

The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. — Alfred Whitney Griswold

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue. — Hermione Gingold

Electronic music used pure sounds, completely calibrated. You had to think digitally, as it were, in a way that allowed you to extend serial ideas into other parameters through technology. — Luc Ferrari

I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see – you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location. — Bob Balaban

One of the things you realize with a lot of high achievers: You have to figure out a way to make things their idea. — Hank Haney

I don’t think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more. Our culture is evolving. This is an exciting time to be living. — Andrew Lang

My idea of professionalism is probably a lot of people’s idea of obsessive. — David Fincher

It’s really interesting to me how all of us can experience the exact same event, and yet come away with wildly disparate interpretations of what happened. We each have totally different ideas of what was said, what was intended, and what really took place. — Marya Hornbacher

When I was coming of age, I remembered reading and studying the initial ideas within the feminist movement. There was this idea with my parents’ generation that in order to find equality, a woman would need to behave like a man. — Bryce Dallas Howard

When I was heavier, I danced and I jumped out of planes. I’ve always rejected the idea that there’s a certain look or size that makes it acceptable to live life. — Kathy Najimy

Let’s trace the birth of an idea. It’s born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressivism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderated conservative, outmoded, and gone. — Powell Clayton

I’m not in power, but my ideas are in power. And my ideas will prevail. — Ehud Olmert

People’s ideas and fears can make them small but they cannot make you small. People’s prejudices can diminish them but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth. — Carly Fiorina

Women say they have sexual thoughts too. They have no idea. It’s the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it. If they knew what we were really thinking, they’d never stop slapping us. — Larry Miller

Sometimes, I get ideas from dreams. Often, my stories are based on adventures that I, or my friends, have actually lived. — Brian Jacques

I love the idea of renaissance. If my career is like painting a canvas, I want to have as many different colors in there as I can. — Nolan Gerard Funk

I’m so incredibly tired of giving respect to a lot of delusions and crazy ideas just because they are regarded as religions. — Bjorn Ulvaeus

I never could be a partisan leader – a man of one idea. — Joshua Chamberlain

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. — Amy Poehler

The Protestant Reformation had a lot to do with the printing press, where Martin Luther’s theses were reproduced about 250,000 times, and so you had widespread dissemination of ideas that hadn’t circulated in the mainstream before. — Nate Silver

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

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. — Margaret Heffernan

There’s a lot of people that have great ideas and dreams and whatnot, but unless you’re willing to work really, really hard, and work for what you want, it’s never going to happen. — Kris Jenner

I don’t have ideas so much as there are things which constantly evolve… there are various threads or layers, if you like, which change. — Harrison Birtwistle

Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love — Hector Berlioz

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. — Neil Gaiman

I personally believe that the iPod is a frankly corrosive device because it encourages you to surround yourself with your favorites. The whole idea of a playlist is to surround yourself with your favorite things, and the interesting thing is that when you do that, they cease to be your favorites. — Hugh Laurie

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