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Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.

Tags: Imagination, Soul  ✍ Author: Joseph Addison

The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea.

Tags: Book, Single  ✍ Author: Mortimer Adler

Right now it's only a notion, but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept, and later turn it into an idea.

Tags: Money, Turn  ✍ Author: Woody Allen

I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle!

Tags: Great, Triangle  ✍ Author: Woody Allen

It's tough to be a 15- or 16-year-old athlete competing around the country. There's tension, there's media. I had no idea what I was getting into.

Tags: Country, Tough  ✍ Author: Lance Armstrong

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

Tags: Enthusiasm, Great  ✍ Author: Mary Kay Ash

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

Tags: Ambition, Mean  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

Tags: Good, Great  ✍ Author: Jane Austen

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

Tags: Democracy, Master  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.

Tags: Binary, Unity  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

Tags: Die, May  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

Tags: Success, Until  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Tags: Dangerous, Unworthy  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.

Tags: Eye, Time  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.

Tags: Become  ✍ Author: Richard Bach

I don't think my work does reflect my nationality - I don't like the idea of nationalism.

Tags: Reflect, Work  ✍ Author: David Bailey

I've always liked the effect of having somebody in there who hadn't the faintest idea what was going on.

Tags: Liked, Somebody  ✍ Author: Derek Bailey

Indeed, whenever a new idea is developed, as for example ballooning, warfare immediately takes possession.

Tags: Example, Takes  ✍ Author: Fredrik Bajer

I don't like the idea of talking down to kids. I think I was talked down to, and you rebel against that.

Tags: Against, Kids  ✍ Author: Simon Baker

To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion.

Tags: Hope, Passion  ✍ Author: Mikhail Bakunin

I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems.

Tags: Older, Wanted  ✍ Author: Alec Baldwin

Plato stands for the union of truth and goodness in the supreme idea of God.

Tags: God, Truth  ✍ Author: James Mark Baldwin

I don't think I've ever sent a text to Gordon Brown because I'm confident that he would absolutely have no idea how to receive it. He barely managed to master WordPerfect 4.1.

Tags: Confident, Master  ✍ Author: Ed Balls

I'd say I'm the opposite of someone that has the urge to stand in front of strangers and make them laugh, but the idea of getting up and telling a story and people finding it amusing always appealed to me.

Tags: Laugh, Someone  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Tags: Divine, Suffering  ✍ Author: Henry Ward Beecher
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A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

Tags: Found, Revolution  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

Tags: Off, Writing  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing.

Tags: Life, Next  ✍ Author: Warren Buffett

My idea of a vacation is staying home and doing short day hikes, floating the river and things like that.

Tags: Home, Short  ✍ Author: James Cagney

The very idea of carrying my memory into eternity devastated me, and I took refuge in atheism.

Tags: Memory, Took  ✍ Author: Taylor Caldwell

We gave up on the idea of trying to make the record a good representation of the live performance.

Tags: Good, Trying  ✍ Author: John Cale

We developed simple test tools to optimize imaging parameters. No company was interested in our idea.

Tags: Company, Simple  ✍ Author: James Cameron

Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.

Tags: Bad, Harder  ✍ Author: Julia Cameron

I hold no candle for George Osborne whatsoever. He has no strategic skills, is a hopeless chancellor, has no idea how most people have to live and his policies are failing and hurting millions.

Tags: Hopeless, Hurting  ✍ Author: Alastair Campbell

It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.

Tags: Matter, Matters  ✍ Author: Elias Canetti

If I signed it that is the way it really happened. I don't know of any individuals who are saying anything different. I have no idea what is going on with that.

Tags: Happened, Saying  ✍ Author: Jose Canseco

I have to wear clothes but I don't like to give an idea of what I am with clothes.

Tags: Clothes, Give  ✍ Author: Eric Cantona

Far From Home was also my idea from a magazine I'd seen.

Tags: Far, Home  ✍ Author: Jim Capaldi

So in the first draft, I'm inventing people and place with a broad schematic idea of what's going to happen. In the process, of course, I discover all sorts of bigger and more substantial things.

Tags: Happen, Place  ✍ Author: Peter Carey

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.

Tags: Leaving, Real  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

Tags: Alone, Change  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever.

Tags: Good, Old  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

No. 1, Halliburton. Certainly, if they've overcharged they should be whacked and whacked good, but the idea that the vice president somehow is involved in this, whether they got contracts because of him, that's nonsense.

Tags: Good, Him  ✍ Author: Al D\'Amato

This haunting idea of becoming a celebrity doesn't settle well with me at all.

Tags: Becoming, Settle  ✍ Author: Vincent D\'Onofrio

When I was a kid I was very interested in the idea of the will, finding out what you're capable of. I liked those kind of challenges.

Tags: Interested, Kid  ✍ Author: Willem Dafoe

Most theater methodology is predicated on the idea of repeated actions. That's what you work toward. Having the actor repeat the same moment eight times a week. In a film, it's getting that one moment right.

Tags: Moment, Work  ✍ Author: Stephen Daldry

I categorically resist this idea that films are supposed to be autobiographical and the only stories you tell are about your own life.

Tags: Life, Tell  ✍ Author: Stephen Daldry

It's the right idea, but not the right time.

Tags: Time  ✍ Author: John Dalton

Well, I have a farm in Vermont that's my main residence, where I do lots of digging and mowing, and ride tractors - just so you don't get the wrong idea that I'm too girlie!

Tags: Lots, Wrong  ✍ Author: Tim Daly

At the breakfast table we are footnoting everything that we read. We don't recognise it as such but we encounter an article in the newspaper and then suddenly we recall that a friend had a certain comment on that particular story, a certain bit of news that we saw on the television applies to that and we immediately assemble an idea of a story.

Tags: Friend, Read  ✍ Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

I just never did buy this idea that you have to live in Los Angeles to be an actor. I didn't see that as a requirement in my job description.

Tags: Actor, Job  ✍ Author: Jeff Daniels

In terms of the idea of long-term occupation - I have been reading a little bit more about this period - and you can see in that occupation are many lessons for the current occupation of Iraq. So we have these connections that go way back that people aren't aware of.

Tags: Bit, Reading  ✍ Author: Edwidge Danticat

Also, from a technical point of view, as you're standing in front of a microphone all day, it's quite a good idea that I should play a laid back sort of character because if he was too frenetic, I'd be exhausted by lunch!

Tags: Character, Good  ✍ Author: Paul Darrow

In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to whom the idea first occurs.

Tags: Goes, Science  ✍ Author: Francis Darwin

In the arts the way in which an idea is rendered, and the manner in which it is expressed, is much more important than the idea itself.

Tags: Arts, Manner  ✍ Author: Jacques-Louis David

Most people are completely unaware of their breath. They violate your space, they have no idea that they have halitosis.

Tags: Breath, Space  ✍ Author: Larry David

Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors.

Tags: Company, Producer  ✍ Author: Thayer David

I liked the idea of all of humanity fitting inside a sugar cube because more than 99.9% of matter is space.

Tags: Humanity, Matter  ✍ Author: Alan Davies

I got that idea from being in India. I always like the chanting.

Tags: Chanting, India  ✍ Author: Ray Davies

There's a mass of places, really, where the idea started.

Tags: Places, Started  ✍ Author: Russell T Davies

I don't start a piece knowing exactly what effect it's going to have. There is a seed of an idea that I could never articulate, right at the beginning of the piece, literally like one cell.

Tags: Knowing, Start  ✍ Author: Russell T Davies

The idea of an afterlife where you can be reunited with loved ones can be immensely consoling - though not to me.

Tags: Loved, Though  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will.

Tags: Biology, Free  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

The idea of dancing is the only thing that scares me.

Tags: Dancing, Scares  ✍ Author: Johnny Depp

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.

Tags: Explain, Ghost  ✍ Author: Charles Dickens

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.

Tags: Ignorance, Wrong  ✍ Author: Benjamin Disraeli

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

Tags: Agreeable  ✍ Author: Benjamin Disraeli

In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route.

Tags: Design, Direct  ✍ Author: Charles Eames

I think one of the greatest enemies in the use of technology, however, is the idea that if you use the technology you have to throw other things out of the window.

Tags: Greatest, Technology  ✍ Author: John Eaton

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.

Tags: Human, Rights  ✍ Author: Shirin Ebadi

I put those people in place. I trusted them. I had no idea they would do anything like this.

Tags: Place, Put  ✍ Author: Bernard Ebbers

Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is driven by emotions and desires as convincing as they are magical.

Tags: Mind, Place  ✍ Author: Roger Ebert

I think we have to get beyond the idea that we have to categorize people.

Tags: Beyond, Categorize  ✍ Author: Roger Ebert

If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty.

Tags: Good, Twenty  ✍ Author: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I don't like to watch playback. But being on the set, watching the way the camera is being moved and the way the light is being used, you do get an idea of it.

Tags: Light, Used  ✍ Author: Christopher Eccleston

I was raised to want to work for a living. The idea of just sitting around or going shopping every day appalls me.

Tags: Living, Work  ✍ Author: Tamara Ecclestone

I do think that people get really emotionally involved in the TV shows that they love and I think that is fantastic. Of course they are going to have opinions. The other thing is that people project onto their television shows. They see a character and layer on many traits that are actually their own or their idea of what that character is.

Tags: Character, Love  ✍ Author: Lisa Edelstein

Any man who takes a job with the idea that it is simply a springboard for something else is a chump. His attention will be more on the other things than on the job at hand and so he will fail.

Tags: Else, Job  ✍ Author: Charles Edison

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

Tags: Lies, Value  ✍ Author: Thomas A. Edison

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.

Tags: Great  ✍ Author: Thomas A. Edison

'Look at Me' started with Rockford, Illinois and New York and the question of how much image culture was changing our inner lives. That's an abstract idea; you don't think that's going to be a rocking work of fiction, but it seemed to fuse in a way that was interesting.

Tags: Lives, Work  ✍ Author: Jennifer Egan

I had this idea that I could hire myself out as a person to go on archeological digs and dig, without any training! I actually wrote to a number of archeology departments and offered up my services.

Tags: Actually, Training  ✍ Author: Jennifer Egan

The idea of 'Voice of Witness' is to let survivors and witnesses of human-rights abuses tell their story at length. It started with a course that I co-taught at U.C. Berkeley journalism school back in 2003.

Tags: School, Tell  ✍ Author: Dave Eggers

I always like the idea of doing interviews with somebody but completely seriously not ever mentioning what that person is generally known for.

Tags: Seriously, Somebody  ✍ Author: Dave Eggers

Employers have gone away from the idea that an employee is a long-term asset to the company, someone to be nurtured and developed, to a new notion that they are disposable.

Tags: Away, Someone  ✍ Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

I can't watch myself in interviews. I feel like I look like a wreck. My mom is always calling me and going, 'Stop fidgeting,' and it's like, 'You have no idea what it's like, Mom.'

Tags: Mom, Stop  ✍ Author: Jesse Eisenberg

I don't design houses with the nuclear family idea because I don't believe in it as a concept.

Tags: Design, Family  ✍ Author: Peter Eisenman

There's no good idea that can't be improved on.

Tags: Good, Improved  ✍ Author: Michael Eisner

The idea of doing theatre always terrified me because I get terrible stage fright. In the early 1970s I was offered a panto but the thought of going on stage was just too mortifying.

Tags: Theatre, Thought  ✍ Author: Britt Ekland

I dieted all the time in the Sixties, but we had no idea what dieting meant - we thought it meant not eating anything.

Tags: Thought, Time  ✍ Author: Britt Ekland

Sanctions are a bad idea.

Tags: Bad, Sanctions  ✍ Author: Mohamed ElBaradei

Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.

Tags: Die, Him  ✍ Author: John Eldredge

Consequences are unpitying.

Tags: Acting, Life  ✍ Author: George Eliot

I think the whole idea of me was that I wasn't going to be but that I wanted to be, desperately.

Tags: Wanted, Whole  ✍ Author: Chris Elliott

I had no idea that 'Less Than Zero' was going to be read by anyone outside of Los Angeles, and it's - believe me, as the writer of the book I'm somewhat amused and intrigued by the idea that 25 years later it's still out and people are still reading it.

Tags: Book, Read  ✍ Author: Bret Easton Ellis

He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.

Tags: God, Wise  ✍ Author: M. C. Escher

I went to a very academic school that actually - when I got to the point of wanting to pursue acting, they just had no idea how to do that, because all of their contacts were very academic.

Tags: Acting, School  ✍ Author: Freema Agyeman

I dread the idea of a paparazzi snapping me while I'm out running.

Tags: Running, While  ✍ Author: Paloma Faith

I really hate bureaucracy and the idea that I'm not a free person.

Tags: Free, Hate  ✍ Author: Paloma Faith

If an idea is indeed sensible, it will eventually become just part of the accepted wisdom.

Tags: Become, Wisdom  ✍ Author: Nigel Farage

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