Only ideas that we actually live by are of any value.
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Almost any idea is good if a man has ability and is willing to work hard. The best idea is worthless if the creator is a loafer and ineffective.
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
If you want to get a good idea, get a lot of ideas.
Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
Get a good idea and stay with it, and work it until it's done and done right.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss.
Having the world's best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.
Getting a great idea is like sitting on a sharp tack - it makes you jump up and do something!
Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and before you realize what's wrong with it.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
Our best ideas come from clerks and stock boys.
If you could pray for only one thing, let it be for an idea.
It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.
The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.
Over the years I have discovered that ideas come through an intense desire for them; continually desiring, the mind becomes a watchtower on the lookout for incidents that may excite the imagination.
When the world seems large and complex, we need to remember that great world ideals all begin in some home neighborhood.
A new idea is often the result of two old ideas meeting for the first time.
A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.
People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it.
You never know what can spring up from a small idea until you give it a try.
Nothing is more important to the future of an idea than the first step you take to try it out.
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow.
Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date
The best thing to do with a red hot idea is build a fire under it..
Ideas are like children; they must crawl before they can walk, and walk before they can run.
I want to say that wonderful ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes you make a mistake, or break something, or lose a hat, and the next thing you know, you get a great idea.
It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
Ideas without action are worthless.
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.