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Idea

Definition: A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action.
Number of Quotes: 31

Our struggle was political, ideological and economic, and we felt we couldn't make something of ourselves unless we bettered society. We saw the two together.
Bella Abzug

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

In a restless, creative business with an emphasis on experiment and development, ideas are the lifeblood.
Richard Branson

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

Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
Thomas Edison

I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
Michael Eisner

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

In a good meeting there is a momentum that comes from the spontaneous exchange of fresh ideas and produces extraordinary results. That momentum depends on the freedom permitted the participants.
Harold Geneen

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
Doug Hall

Globalization means we have to re-examine some of our ideas, and look at ideas from other countries, from other cultures, and open ourselves to them. And that's not comfortable for the average person.
Herbie Hancock

Oh, if only it were possible to find understanding, Joseph exclaimed. If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?

The master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said: There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht - I can see that they already have begun.
The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse

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

The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
Clark Kerr

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

A powerful new idea can kick around unused in a company for years, not because its merits are not recognized, but because nobody has assumed the responsibility for converting it from words to action.
Theodore Levitt

Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things.
Theodore Levitt

Libraries were full of ideas-perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas

If new ideas are the lifeblood of any thriving organization ... managers must learn to revere, not merely tolerate, the people who come up with the ideas.
Mark McCormack

The best way to guarantee a steady stream of new ideas is to make sure that each person in your organization is as different as possible from the others. Under these conditions, and only these conditions, will people maintain varied perspectives and demonstrate their knowledge in different ways.
Nicholas Negroponte

I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have.
Mandy Patinkin

Acting isn't always about the amount of talent you have, or your ability to cry on command. The point is, how well can you take direction? How well can you put aside your own ideas or ego and listen to the ideas of the director and the people above you, while not giving up the passion and drive of that character?
Shannon Purser

Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
Anita Roddick

One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
Eleanor Roosevelt

They say there's no second act in American lives. There's something there worth exploring. Giving up an idea of yourself, examining your failure, and seeing if that failure was the system's or yours. What does it mean to not turn out to be the person you want to be?
Scott Rudin

Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Reuben Singh

Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
Thomas A. Stewart

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Györgyi

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
Lao Tzu

The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
Jack Welch

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Alfred North Whitehead

Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
Kemmons Wilson

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