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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American writer.


A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels.

A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) French aviator and writer.

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) British economist.