I believe that a life without ideas is an unfulfilled existence. Not only having ideas is important, but to express them, share them, and implement them is what makes a difference in this world. Here are my top 45 quotes about ideas that I am positive you will enjoy very much. Let them inspire you to bring about your own ideas 🙂
1- An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
– Oscar Wilde
2- 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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.
– Swami Vivekananda
3- An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
4- Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.
– Ashleigh Brilliant
5- 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
6- Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
– Andre Malraux
7- Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
– Napoleon Hill
8- My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
– Anais Nin
9- The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
– Henry Ward Beecher
10- 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
11- Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
– Jim Rohn
12- A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.
– John F. Kennedy
13- You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
– Pablo Picasso
14- 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
15- Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.
– Emile Chartier
16- Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
– Nolan Bushnell
17- An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
– Arnold H. Glasgow
18- 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
19- A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
– Mary Kay Ash
20- Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.
– Harvey S. Firestone
21- Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
– Alfred North Whitehead
22- Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.
– H.G. Wells
23- If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
– Albert Einstein
24- An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
– Victor Hugo
25- Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.
– Walt Disney
26- Believe in something larger than yourself. . . . Get involved in the big ideas of your time.
– Barbara Bush
27- It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
28- Men are strong only so long as they represent a strong idea. They become powerless when they oppose it.
– Sigmund Freud
29- If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
– George Bernard Shaw
30- 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
31- A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
32- An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
– Don Marquis
33- 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
34- Having ideas is like having chessmen moving forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
35- The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.
– Lois Wyse
36- 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
37- If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
– Alfred Bernhard Nobel
38- We think good ideas to death, when we should be acting them to life.
– Brian G. Jett
39- The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.
– Dee Hock
40- Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
– John Steinbeck
41- Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
42- Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
– Hyman Rickover
43- Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
– Ken Hakuta
44- I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.
– Samuel Goldwyn
45- Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
– Eleanor Roosevelt