Idea Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old idea quotes, idea sayings, and idea proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission.     

Grace Hopper

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

Paulo Coelho

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

Nigel Farage

If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.     

Emile Durkheim

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.     

Swami Vivekananda

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.     

Napoleon Hill

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.      

Swami Vivekananda

If an idea isn't exciting, you shouldn't do it.     

Ray Bradbury

The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.     

A. R. Rahman

Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.      

Leon Trotsky

To express the same idea in still another way, I think that human knowledge is essentially active.     

Jean Piaget

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.     

Nelson Mandela

It's really important to share the idea that being different might feel like a problem at the time, but ultimately diversity is a strength     

Carson Kressley

A thought is an idea in transit.     


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

Thomas Edison

Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.      

Diane Sawyer

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

Charles Dickens

It's not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.     

Evan Davis

The idea that you would affect evolution is a very profound thing.     

Jennifer Doudna

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.     

Jim Rohn

Everything begins with an idea.     

Earl Nightingale

A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.      

Marilyn vos Savant

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.     

Pablo Picasso

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.     

Linus Pauling

My idea of a good night has always been having a lovely meal and a proper conversation.      

Kirsty Gallacher

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.     

Napoleon Hill

Brand is not a product, that's for sure; it's not one item. It's an idea, it's a theory, it's a meaning, it's how you carry yourself. It's aspirational, it's inspirational.     

Kevin Plank

The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information.     

Tim Berners-Lee

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

John F. Kennedy

The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm.     

Freeman Dyson

Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.     

Brene Brown

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.      

Swami Vivekananda

You never suffer from a money problem, you always suffer from an idea problem.     

Robert H. Schuller

That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.     

Mos Def

The only way you survive is you continuously transform into something else. It's this idea of continuous transformation that makes you an innovation company.     

Ginni Rometty

My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day, with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.     

Anne Lamott

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

Thomas Edison

Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good... Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.      

Pope Francis

The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.     

Patti Smith

A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.     

Marcel Proust

Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one.     

Helmut Jahn

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

Oscar Wilde

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air.     

Wilbur Wright

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.     

Victor Hugo

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.     

Don Marquis