Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset.
Ours is the age of substitutes instead of language, we have jargon instead of principles, slogans and instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.
These people who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, staccato ideas, such as 'I see where I can make an annual cut of 3.47 in my meat budget.' But they have no slow, big ideas.
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America.
Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.
Getting ideas is like shaving if you don't do it every day, you're a bum.
Ideas are the beginning of all achievement.
Ideas won't keep something must be done about them.
All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
The true God, the mighty God, is the God of ideas.
You can tell the ideas of a nation by it's advertisements.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Ideas shape the course of history.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.