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  Ideas (21)
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

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

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

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

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 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

  Idle (3)
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Cervantes

I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Shirley Conran

It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Indira Gandhi

  Ignorance (2)
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Graham Greene

The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
Thomas Huxley

  Illness (6)
Physicians of the Utmost Fame
Were called at once; but when they came
They answered, as they took their Fees,
There is no cure for this disease.

Hilaire Belloc

For extreme illnesses, extreme treatments are most fitting.
Hippocrates

Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
Molière

Cured yesterday of my disease. I died last night of the physician.
Mathew Prior

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire

I only care to see doctors when I am in perfect health; then they comfort one, but when one is ill they are most depressing.
Oscar Wilde

  Imagination (15)
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

The moment a person forms a theory his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favour that theory.
Thomas Jefferson

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
Joseph Joubert

We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
Helen Keller

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Henry Miller

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

John Milton

Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
Narayana Murthy

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

I dream for a living.
Steven Spielberg

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

  Imitation (4)
Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Warren Bennis

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

Imitation lies at the root of most human actions. A respectable person is one who conforms to custom. People are called good when they do as others do.
Anatole France

Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
George Santayana

  Immortality (1)
If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.
Norman Cousins

  Impossible (6)
To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible.
Zoë Akins

Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about - doing what people have told them is impossible.
R. Hunt Greene

Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
Shimon Peres

The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
George Santayana

Leadership is the process of achieving a dream together, especially when that dream seems impossible to achieve.
Stan Shih

  Independence (6)
Never sing in chorus, if you want to be heard.
J. F. Archibald

The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.
Michael Bloomberg

Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis Brandeis

We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Arthur Levitt

If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A land without a people for a people without a land.
Israel Zangwill

  Indispensability (1)
Some time when you're feeling important
Some time when your ego's in bloom
Some time when you feel you are
The best qualified man in the room,
Some time when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction
And see how it humbles the soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water
Place your hands in it up to your wrists
Take them out and the hole that remains
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.
You may splash all you like as they enter
You may stir up the water galore
But take them out and in just a moment
It will look just the same as before.
The moral of this is quite simple
Just do the best that you can.
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man.

Anonymous

  Infamous (1)
To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible.
Zoë Akins

  Inferiority (1)
The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
Confucius

  Infinity (2)
The sinews of war: unlimited money.
Cicero

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

  Information (5)
The thing that best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
Bill Cosby

At office-managerial level ... you do not read more than the first two sentences of any given report. You believe that anything which cannot be put into two sentences is not worth attending to.
Penelope Fitzgerald

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Baltasar Gracián

Most of the information we use now is obtained free ... and there is no way of knowing anymore whether the information on which we base our own information for distribution is true or false. But that doesn't seem to matter; all that matters is that the information comes from a reputable source.
Joseph Heller

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

  Inherit (1)
What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?
George Bernard Shaw

  Initiative (2)
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes

Companies that stay ahead of change are ones in which their people see change as something they themselves accomplish and not something that is imposed on them. They see lots of opportunities to take initiative.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

  Innovation (20)
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
*Attribution questionable.
Scott Adams

Doing the things we do now and doing them better, cheaper and faster will take us so far. But it will not take us far enough. We're going to have to do new things in new ways.
Peter Bonfield

Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Coco Chanel

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
John Cleese

Minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open.
James Dewar

Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children and cut their own fingers.
Arthur Eddington

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
Albert Einstein

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy

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

Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
Narayana Murthy

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

If it doesn't sell, it isn't creative.
David Ogilvy

Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
George Santayana

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

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

  Insanity (1)
Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

  Instinct (1)
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung

  Integrity (4)
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Lillian Hellman

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leon Trotsky

  Intention (1)
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
John Henry Newman

  Intuition (5)
Start with your own money and value your intuition. It's all about endurance in the beginning. Your dream and passion to succeed must be stronger than your fear of failure.
Terri Bowersock

The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
Albert Einstein

When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
Bud Hadfield

One of our greatest gifts is our intuition. It is a sixth sense we all have - we just need to learn to tap into and trust it.
Donna Karan

To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Anita Roddick