Subject: Intelligence » Ideas

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea and that was wrong.

(1804 – 1881) British prime minister, politician & author

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

(1809 – 1865) 16th U.S. president

Man invented language to satisfy his inner need to complain.

(1935 – ) screenwriter, author, director & producer

Some people are better imagined in one's bed than found there in the morning.

(1947 – ) author, humorist & satirist

Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.

(1917 –1986) American journalist

He only had one idea and that was wrong.

(1804 – 1881) British prime minister, politician & author

Laziness is the mother of nine inventions out of ten.

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

British clerk of the House of Commons

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when a man has only one idea.

Émile Chartier (1868 – 1951) French philosopher, journalist & pacifist

There is no proposition, no matter how foolish, for which a dozen Nobel signatures cannot be collected.

The best way to inspire fresh thoughts is to seal the letter.


A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

Every revolutionary idea – in Science, Politics, Art or whatever – evokes three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the three phrases: 1. It is completely impossible; don't waste my time. 2. It is possible, but it is not worth doing. 3. I said it was a good idea all along.

When an error has been detected and corrected, it will be found to have been correct in the first place

Corollary: After the correction has been found in error, it will be impossible to fit the original quantity back into the equation.

Education: Forcing abstract ideas into concrete heads.

His speeches left the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea.

(1863 – 1941) U.S. senator (California) & U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

(1940 – ) computer scientist

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

(1879 – 1955) German-born physicist

A poem is no place for an idea.

(1853 – 1937) journalist, writer & editor

We all agree your theory is crazy… but is it crazy enough to be true?

(1885 – 1962) Danish physicist













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