Idea Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old idea quotes, idea sayings, and idea proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission. Grace Hopper
The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever. Paulo Coelho
If an idea is indeed sensible, it will eventually become just part of the accepted wisdom. Nigel Farage
If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion. Emile Durkheim
When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. Swami Vivekananda
All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. Napoleon Hill
Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. Swami Vivekananda
If an idea isn't exciting, you shouldn't do it. Ray Bradbury
The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated. A. R. Rahman
Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. Leon Trotsky
To express the same idea in still another way, I think that human knowledge is essentially active. Jean Piaget
It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea. Nelson Mandela
It's really important to share the idea that being different might feel like a problem at the time, but ultimately diversity is a strength Carson Kressley
A thought is an idea in transit. Pythagoras
To have a great idea, have a lot of them. Thomas Edison
Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it. Diane Sawyer
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. Charles Dickens
It's not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things. Evan Davis
The idea that you would affect evolution is a very profound thing. Jennifer Doudna
Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. Jim Rohn
Everything begins with an idea. Earl Nightingale
A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night. Marilyn vos Savant
An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. Pablo Picasso
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. Linus Pauling
My idea of a good night has always been having a lovely meal and a proper conversation. Kirsty Gallacher
Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. Napoleon Hill
Brand is not a product, that's for sure; it's not one item. It's an idea, it's a theory, it's a meaning, it's how you carry yourself. It's aspirational, it's inspirational. Kevin Plank
The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information. Tim Berners-Lee
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. John F. Kennedy
The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. Freeman Dyson
Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky. Brene Brown
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, 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
You never suffer from a money problem, you always suffer from an idea problem. Robert H. Schuller
That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind. Mos Def
The only way you survive is you continuously transform into something else. It's this idea of continuous transformation that makes you an innovation company. Ginni Rometty
My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day, with my blankie, my cat, and my dog. Anne Lamott
The value of an idea lies in the using of it. Thomas Edison
Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good... Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place. Pope Francis
The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times. Patti Smith
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it. Marcel Proust
Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one. Helmut Jahn
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde
The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air. Wilbur Wright
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo
An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it. Don Marquis
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. Albert Einstein
Imagination is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession, and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas Albert Einstein
The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express. Alexis de Tocqueville
It is the form the idea takes in the imagination rather than the form as it exists outside. Arthur Dove
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. BILL MOYERS
Keep your mind open to change all the time. Welcome it. Court it. It is only by examining and reexamining your opinions and ideas that you can progress. Dale Carnegie
These days, the problem isn't how to innovate it's how to get society to adopt the good ideas that already exist. Douglas Engelbart
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Edward de Bono
It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all. Edward de Bono
It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes. Elias Canetti
Ideas are the root of creation. Ernest Dimnet
If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as your shirts. Francis Picabia
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images affect a very simple communion of souls. Gaston Bachelard
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 ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. Henry Ward Beecher
A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life. Jean Ingelow
Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy. Jim Hightower
If you share a good idea long enough, it will eventually fall on good people. Jim Rohn
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones. John Maynard Keynes
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere. Lee Iacocca
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. Linus Pauling
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. Mary Kay Ash
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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
You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results and no reward. Miguel Angel Ruiz
First comes thought then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. Napoleon Hill
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A business is simply an idea to make other people's lives better. Richard Branson
A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today. Robert Bulwer-Lytton
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams
To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don't need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach. W. Clement Stone