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In these times we fight for ideas, and newspapers are our fortresses.

It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.

Logic and over-analysis can immobilize and sterilize an idea. It's like love -- the more you analyze it, the faster it disappears.

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up. That which was a weed in one becomes a flower in the other, and a flower again dwindles down to a mere weed by the same change. Healthy growths may become poisonous by falling upon the wrong mental soil, and what seemed a night­shade in one mind unfolds as a morning-glory in the other.

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.

Old ideas are prejudices, and new ones caprices.

Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.

Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.

Our land is not more the recipient of the men of all countries than of their ideas.

Play with your ideas; thinking should be fun.

Temples have their sacred images; and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind; but, in truth, the ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them; and to these they all pay universally a ready submission.

The material universe exists only in the mind.

There's no correlation between how good your idea is and how likely your organization will be to embrace it.

To have ideas is to gather flowers; to think, is to weave them into garlands.

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.

To the thinker, the most trifling external object often suggests ideas, which extend, link after link, from earth to heaven.

Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds. Remy de Gourmont An idea is salvation by imagination.

What's a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.

When young men are beginning life, the most important period, it is often said, is that in which their habits are formed. - That is a very important period. - But the period in which the ideas of the young are formed and adopted is more important still. - For the ideal with which you go forth to measure things determines the nature, so far as you are concerned, of everything you meet.


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