Idea: (inspiration...conception...... )

A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea. --- Victor Hugo 1802

Approach the moment with the idea that you're in the fight to the finish. --- Mataemon Iso

By sharing knowledge you empower [others] to act on their own. Shared knowledge enables people to take a risk to expand an idea and to venture to a new horizon. ('Making A Difference') --- Sheila M. Bethel

Don't part company with your ideals. They are anchors in a storm. --- Arnold Glasgow

Don't sacrifice your life to work and ideals. The most important things in life are human relations. I found that out too late. --- Katharine Susannah Prichard 1883

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crack-pot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. --- Thomas J. Watson

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. --- Thomas Edison 1847

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. --- Victor Hugo 1802

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. --- Anne Frank

Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny. --- Carl Schurz

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave, or they are no better than dreams. --- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. --- Arthur Schlesinger

If you don't follow through on your creative ideas, someone else will pick them up and use them. When you get an idea of this sort, you should jump in with both feet, not just stick your toe in the water… Be daring, be fearless, and don't be afraid that somebody is going to criticize you or laugh at you. If your ego is not involved no-one can hurt you. --- Guru Rhh

In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to use. --- Dag Hammarskjold 1905

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. --- Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. --- Helen Keller 1880

My theme is to make a difference right here in my own neighborhood. I don't have to fight the whole world. If I do well where I am, it will make a difference in the rest of the world... People want to do and to be better. They need inspiration to change and to try to make a difference. They need a catalyst to inspire faith and to encourage them to take a risk...(once a Mexican-American migrant farm worker) --- Esau Herrera

Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convitions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity. It is an unreliable horse, and blind into the bargain. Woe to the driver if he falls asleep. --- Albert Schweitzer 1875

Real happiness is not dependent on external things. The pond is fed from within. The kind of happiness that stays with you is the happiness that springs from inward thoughts and emotions. You must cultivate your mind if you wish to achieve enduring happiness. You must furnish your mind with interesting thoughts and ideas. For an empty mind seeks plearus as a substitute for happiness. (paraphrased) --- William Lyons Phelps

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth ... The trite subjects of human efforts - possessions, outward success, luxury - have always seemed to me contemptible. --- Albert Einstein 1879

The ideas by which people ... interpret their existence and in measure guide their behavior, were not forged in a world of wealth. --- John Kenneth Galbraith

Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement, and you are bound to becomre an excited person. Life will take on a new est, deeper interest and greater meaning. You can think, talk and at yourself into dullness or into monotony or into unhappiness. By the sme process you can build up inspiration, excitement and surging depth of joy. --- Norman Vincent Peale 1898

To many people, unfortunately, discussion is virtually a substitute for activity. They imagine that to say a thing is tantamount to accomplishment. The effective leader knows, of course, that an encyclopedia of good ideas is no substitute for even the least of them actually put into practice. --- J. Donald Waters

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. (The Scottish Himalayan Expedition) --- W H Murray

What was once thought can never be unthought. --- Friedrich Durrenmatt 1921

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