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Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid. - Gaston Bachelard

Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away. - Earl Nightingale

The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the authors ideas and those of the public. - Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. - Dogen

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. - Charlie Chaplin

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along! - Sir Arthur C. Clarke

As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move - similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle. - Honore de Balzac

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendour, images effect a very simple communion of souls. - Gaston Bachelard

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas. - Joseph Stalin