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For parlour use, the vague generality is a lifesaver.
If anyone has a new idea in this country, there are twice as many people who keep putting a man with a red flag in front of it.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.
To say that an idea is fashionable is to say, I think, that it has been adulterated to a point where it is hardly an idea at all.
You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea: you cannot put an idea up against a barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets: you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell that your slaves could ever build.
Great ideas are not charitable.
For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
Every man with an idea has at least two or three followers.
An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.
Every time a man puts a new idea across he finds ten men who thought of it before he did - but they only thought of it.
There is no adequate defence, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
Ideas won't keep: something must be done about them.
Ideas, as distinguished from events, are never unprecedented.
What's a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.
A cold in the head causes less suffering than an idea.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds. Remy de Gourmont An idea is salvation by imagination.
Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
Big ideas are so hard to recognize, so fragile, so easy to kill. Don't forget that, all of you who don't have them.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
The material universe exists only in the mind.
Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.
It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.


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