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Men's ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state.
      - Karl Marx

The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.
      - Karl Marx

A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on.
      - William McFee

No matter how brilliantly an idea is stated, we will not really be moved unless we have already half thought of it ourselves.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

No one in this world, so far as I know--and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me--has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has any one ever lost public office thereby. The mistake that is made always runs the other way. Because the plain people are able to speak and understand, and even, in many cases, to read and write, it is assumed that they have ideas in their heads, and an appetite for more. This assumption is folly. They dislike ideas, for ideas make them uncomfortable.
      - Henry Louis Mencken, Notes on Journalism,
        an article in the "Chicago Tribune", September 19, 1926, p. G1

A sublime idea remains the same, from whatever brain or in whatever region it has its birth.
      - Harold H. "Bud" Menzel

To accept an unorthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
      - Linus Pauling

Ideas go booming through the world louder than cannon. Thoughts are mightier than armies. Principles have achieved more victories than horsemen and chariots.
      - William Miller Paxton

To be fossilized is to be stagnant, unprogressive, dead, frozen into a solid. It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.
      - Wendell Phillips

A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it.
      - Marcel Proust

In the history of mankind, there is a remarkable relationship between Idea and Interest. There is neither an Idea which is independent of interests in its development, not an Interest which could have remained independent, in its materiality, of ideas.
      - Kurt Riezler,
        Idee und Interesse in der politischen Geschichte

The well-meaning contention that all ideas have equal merit seems to me little different from the disastrous contention that no ideas have any merit.
      - Carl Sagan

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old fashioned.
      - George Santayana

It takes a wonderful brain and exquisite senses to produce a few stupid ideas.
      - George Santayana

An idea is, in the end, always stronger than circumstances.
      - Albert Schweitzer

The very coinage of your brain.
      - William Shakespeare

By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden underfoot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

An idea does not pass from one language to another without change.
      - Miguel de Unamuno (miguel de Unamuno y Jugo),
        The Tragic Sense of Life

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

If you have had your attention directed to the novelties in thought in your own lifetime, you will have observed that almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced, and almost any idea which jogs you out of your current abstractions may be better than nothing.
      - Alfred North Whitehead,
        Science and the Modern World (ch. 3)

All great ideas are dangerous.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

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