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[ Also see Opinion Thinking Thought Words ]

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Yale Univ. professor on Fred Smith's idea for FedEx delivery service

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when a man has only one idea.
      - Emile-Auguste Chartier Alain

Ideas in the head set hands about their several tasks.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

If the ancients left us ideas, to our credit be it spoken that we moderns are building houses for them.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Time is but the measure of the difficulty of a conception. Pure thought has scarcely any need of time, since it perceives the two ends of an idea almost at the same moment.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Ideas, as distinguished from events, are never unprecedented.
      - Hannah Arendt

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
      - Aristotle,
        "Manual of Greek Mathematics" by T.L. Heath (On The Heavens)

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
      - Mary Kay Ash

Our land is not more the recipient of the men of all countries than of their ideas.
      - George Bancroft

Ideas once planted in the brain fructify, and bear their harvest more or less bountiful and rich as they are fertilized by thought.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Ideas are, like matter, infinitely divisible. It is not given to us to get down, so to speak, to their final atoms, but to their molecular groupings the way is never ending, and the progress infinitely delightful and profitable.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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

There is not adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
      - Percy W. Bridgman,
        The Intelligent Individual and Society

Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Events are only the shells of ideas; and often it is the fluent thought of ages that is crystallized in a moment by the stroke of a pen or the point of a bayonet.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Our ideas are transformed sensations.
      - Etienne Bonnot de Condillac

An idea, like a ghost (according to the common notion of ghosts), must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
      - Charles Dickens

Ideas are the root of creation.
      - Ernest Dimnet

One should conquer the world, not to enthrone a man, but an idea; for ideas exist forever.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.
      - Marcel Duchamp

The material universe exists only in the mind.
      - Jonathan Edwards

If at first the idea is absurd, then there is no hope for it.
      - Albert Einstein

You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.
      - Albert Einstein

Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.
      - Paul Eldridge

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