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

Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great ideas travel slowly, and for a time noiselessly, as the gods whose feet were shod with wool.
      - James Abram Garfield

What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.
      - Jean Genet, The Blacks

Ideas move fast when their time comes.
      - Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (used pseudonym Amanda Cross)

In these days we fight for ideas, and newspapers are our fortresses.
      - Heinrich Heine

The only new ideas that are not subject to our skepticism or suspicion are our own.
      - Cullen Hightower

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up. That which was a weed in one intelligence becomes a flower in the other, and a flower again dwindles down to a mere weed by the same change.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
      - Victor Hugo

Every idea must have a visible enfolding.
      - Victor Hugo

The persistence of an all-absorbing idea is terrible.
      - Victor Hugo

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.
      - William James

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
      - William James

It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.
      - Randall Jarrell,
        Pictures from an Institution
         (pt. I, ch. 4)

Words are daughters of earth but ideas are sons of heaven.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is not my periods that I polish, but my ideas.
      - Joseph Joubert

Our ideas, like pictures, are made up of lights and shadows.
      - Joseph Joubert

We live in an age in which superfluous ideas abound and essential ideas are lacking.
      - Joseph Joubert

Ideas are pitiless.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Ideas often flash across our minds more complete than we could make them after much labor.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. The "taken for granted" is the test of sanity; "what everyone knows" is the line between us and them.
      - Lawrence Lessig, The Future of Ideas

Whatsoever the mind perceives of itself, or is the immediate object of perception, thought, or understanding, that I call an idea.
      - John Locke (1)

Every reiteration of the idea that nothing matters debases the human spirit.
      - David Mamet

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

A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties.
      - Harriet Martineau

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