120+ Brilliant Quotes About Ideas!

A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever. – Helen Rowland


A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. The real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes. – Lori Greiner


A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night. – Marilyn Vos Savant


A light and trifling mind never takes in great ideas, and never accomplishes anything great or good. – William Sprague


A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today! – Nolan Bushnell


A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. – John F. Kennedy


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


A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners or slaves of their concept and ideas. – Maharaji


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


All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. – Bertrand Russel


All good ideas arrive by chance. – Max Ernst


All of us, at some point in life, get brilliant ideas…only a few of us have the courage to take the next step. – Manoj Arora


An idea is salvation by imagination. – Frank Lloyd Wright


An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. – Arnold H. Glasgow


An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. – Buddha


An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. – Oscar Wilde


An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.          – Victor Hugo


Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. – H. L. Mencken


As there are misanthropists or haters of men, so also are there misologists or haters of ideas. – Plato


At the Centre of each human heart is goodness, layered over with hurt, confusion, and mistaken ideas. Our task is to gently peel off layer after layer until the unfettered heart can shed its love upon the world.  – Sue Patton Thoele


Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.        – Nikola Tesla


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


Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not, therefore, cease to be true because it is not accepted by many. – Spinoza


Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt


Brilliant ideas are useless to an unmotivated and poor skilled person. –  Bradley B. Dalina


Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard


Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. – Goethe


Dedication involves making the space to let young ideas take hold; every tree was once a seed and every company was once an idea. – Zephyr Bloch-Jorgensen


Don’t be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear. – Anthony Robbins


Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. – Howard Aiken


Equal participants doing similar things will generate lots of new ideas. – Tom McMakin


Every so often in life, you encounter a brilliant idea. Usually, at least in my case, it’s somebody else’s idea. – Jean Hanff Korelitz


Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right. – Walt Disney


God is only another artist; he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas – Pablo Picasso


Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who will work hard enough to bring them about. – Ashleigh Brilliant


Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. – Hyman Rickover


Great ideas…come into the world as gently as doves…if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar…a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. – Albert Camus


Great minds discuss ideas, medium minds discuss events, and little minds discuss people. – Unknown


Having ideas is like having chessmen moving forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas. – H.G. Wells


Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not. – Michael Dell


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. – John Steinbeck


Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. – Napoleon Hill


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


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


Ideas shape the course of history.  – John Maynard Keynes


If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.            – Alfred Bernhard Nobel


If you laid all of the lawyers in the world, end to end, on the equator —- It would be a good idea to just leave them there. – Unknown


In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed. – Stanislaus J. Lec


In all things, it is a good idea to hang a question mark now and then on the things we have taken for granted. – Bertrand Russell


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


In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad idea. – Douglas Adams


Intelligence plus experience creates ideas and experimentation with that form of chemistry-the contact of ideas with events-is the field of adult education. – Felix Morley


It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses. – Winston Churchill


It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. – Scott Belsky


It’s only those exceptional and rare individuals who have brilliant ideas delivered to them by the muse, complete and gift wrapped. The rest of us have to work at it. – Alan Moore


Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle. – Ken Hakuta


Let’s never forget that whatever brilliant ideas you have or hear, that the opposite may also be true. – Derek Sivers


Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books. – Bell Hooks


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


Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but fidelity to a worthy purpose. – Helen Keller


Mathematics is a vast adventure in ideas; its history reflects some of the noblest thoughts of countless generations. – Dirk Struik


Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die. – B. R. Ambedkar


Men are strong only so long as they represent a strong idea. They become powerless when they oppose it. – Sigmund Freud


Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money. – W.J. Cameron


New ideas pass through three periods: (1) It can’t be done. (2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. (3) I knew it was a good idea all along!Arthur C. Clarke


No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern; no idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated. – Ellen Glasgow


No matter what anybody tells you words and ideas can change the world. – John Keating


Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. – Brendan Gill


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.              – Emile Chartier


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. – English Proverb


 One should be willing to throw away a dozen ideas to come up with a good one, just as one should throw away a dozen words to come up with the right one. – James Gunn


Our ideas are here today and gone tomorrow, whereas our feelings are always with us, and we recognize those who feel like us, and at once, by a sort of instinct. – George Moore 


Perhaps better we not obscure the idea that happiness and misery, kindness and greed, and good works and bad deeds are within the capacities of us all, not merely a select few. – David P. Mikkelson


Running out of ideas will put you in the dark until death. – Cambodian Proverb


Santa Claus had the right idea. Visit everyone once a year. – Victor Borges


So many new ideas are at first strange and horrible, though ultimately valuable that a very heavy responsibility rests upon those who would prevent their dissemination. – John Haldane


Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. – Robert McAfee Brown


Successful innovators recognize that discovery of great ideas come from looking at the same thing as everyone else and observing something different. – Reed Markham


Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, the dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. – Swami Vivekananda


The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher


The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time. – Henry Ford


The best ideas are common property. – Epistles Seneca


The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. – Martin Luther King Jr.


The conquest of the earth… is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only… not a sentimental pretense but an idea. – Joseph Conrad


The creative mind is playful. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas. – Eric Hoffer


The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones. – John Maynard Keynes


The essence of success is that it is never necessary to think of a new idea. It is far better to wait until somebody else does it, and then to copy him in every detail except his mistakes. – Aubrey Menen


The greatest ideas are the simplest. – William Golding


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


The idea is there, locked inside, and all you have to do is remove the excess stone. – Michelangelo


The idea of being famous is a lot better than the reality. – Tom Felton


The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong; he can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.  – Mark Twain


The ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are mere revivals of ancient errors and further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it. – Henry Hazlitt


The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy. – Ezra Pound


The more an idea is developed, the more concise becomes its expression; the more a tree is pruned, the better is the fruit. – Alfred Bougeart


The more words you know, the more clearly and powerfully you will think and the more ideas you will invite into your mind. – Wilfred Funk


The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of goodwill. – J. Arthur Thomson


The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas. – Lois Wyse


The power of an idea can be measured by the degree of resistance it attracts.        – David Yoho


The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. – Dee Hock


The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas. – Judge John Kane


The real giants have been poets, men who jumped from facts into the realm of imagination and ideas. – Bill Bernbach


The rewards in business go to the man who does something with an idea.              – William Benton


The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. – Oscar Wilde


There are many really stupid ideas that wind up being brilliant if you can implement them. – Gene Simmons


There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. – Audre Lorde


To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.                  – Anatole France


To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for true ideas! – H. L. Mencken


To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it.  – William Hazlitt


To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.                          – Rosabeth Moss Kanter


Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas. – Helen Keller


We hate the very idea that our ideas may be mistaken, so we cling dogmatically to our conjectures. – Karl Popper


Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there’s somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can’t do that. – Tom Clancy


You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. – Lee Iacocca


You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea. – Benazir Bhutto


You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. – Pablo Picasso



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