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Great ideas originate in the muscles.

He who wishes to fulfill his mission in the world must be a man of one idea, that is of one great overmastering purpose, overshadowing all his aims, and guiding and controlling his entire life.

Ideas are cosmopolitan. - They have the liberty of the world. - You have no right to take the sword and cross the bounds of other nations, and enforce on them laws or institutions they are unwilling to receive. - But there is no limit to the sphere of ideas. Your thoughts and feelings, the whole world lies open to them, and you have the right to send them into any latitude, and to give them sweep around the earth, to the mind of every human being.

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.

Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.

Ideas aren't real estate, they grow collectively and that knocks out the egotistical loneliness that generally infects art.

Ideas control the world.

Ideas have consequences and bad ideas can have lethal consequences.

Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death.

Ideas in the mind are the transcript of the world; words are the transcript of ideas; and writing and printing are the transcript of words.

Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.

Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them.

Ideas won't keep: something must be done about them.

Ideas, as distinguished from events, are never unprecedented.

Ideas, though vivid and real, are often indefinite, and are shy of the close furniture of words.

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 the ancients left us ideas, to our credit be it spoken that we moderns are building houses for them.

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.

If you can get people to accept and embrace and adore and cherish your ideas, you win. You win financially, you gain power and you change the world in which we live.

In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.


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