Favorite Quotations ~  Ideas, 4 Not Now... I'm Having a No Hair Day

"What you need is an idea." ~ William Lear, Stormy Genius


Most "original" ideas aren't completely original, but instead are the result of two basic methods for generating ideas: problems in search of solutions and solutions in search of problems. ~Baryy Nalebuff/Ian Ayres, Why Not?

I've long ago learned that if an idea will stand on its own, it'll stand having the light shone on it. But if you shine light on it and it kind of withers, then it probably wasn't a very good idea. ~ John Fogerty, Chicago Sun-Times, 9/19/04

I am often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The short answer is: everywhere. It’s like asking, “Where do you find air to breathe?” Ideas are all around you. ~ Twyla Tharp, Guideposts, 8/04

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. ~ Mary Kay Ash

Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree. ~ William Faulkner

If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person. ~ Ralph Bunche

The best ideas come from the field, dealing directly with customers. ~ Andrew Taylor, IBD, 3/2/04

A lot of people have dreams and never do anything about them. When you have ideas and dreams, you do something about it. ~ Paul Newman

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. ~ Howard Aiken

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