The most powerful thing in this world is an idea. It may be powerful for good, it may be powerful for evil—but always it is powerful. The world has been blessed, from the standpoint of comfort and well-being, by the application to daily life and its problems of the discoveries of science. Imagine our world today without the electric light, the steam engine, the wireless, the wheel. How did all this come about? Through the power of an idea. Watt saw steam lift the lid of the kettle—and had the vision of power in industrial life through the energy of that steam. Franklin saw the play of lightning—and had the idea of its power. Marconi had the idea of a message transmitted through the air, and now wherever at sea a vessel is in distress half a hundred ships will hurry to the rescue, called by the mysterious voice of the wireless. An idea is power.
What would your reaction be if a business associate told you he knew how to make a square bubble? You will probably find you don't really want to hear about such a (preposterous) idea. Our historic past is strewn with records of men scorned or persecuted for new ideas—Jesus, Columbus, Darwin, etc. (Yet) these new ideas changed the course of civilization. ..
The ideas that will carry us forward to lasting prosperity are to be found among us today. But to harvest such ideas, a new dimension must be added to every man's equipment—a readiness to accept ideas as startling and new as that square bubble.—Client's Service Bulletin American Appraisal Co.
Don't let a warm idea freeze to death.—Client's Service Bulletin American Appraisal Co.
Ideas are like beards: men do not have them until they grow up.—Voltaire
The Greeks, who long have been concerned about how to save the ruins of the Parthenon from ultimate destruction by souvenir-seeking tourists, have hit upon a brilliant idea which is working admirably, according to reports. Every night a load of cracked marble is brought from nearby quarries and scattered about the ruins. This permits tourists to steal all the souvenir marble they want without doing any damage to the Parthenon itself!
An American religious leader recounts the story of a businessman from this country who had been sent to China to make some contracts with Chinese businessmen for an American firm which he represented.
After the business had been transacted, the ever polite Chinese asked the American if there was anything in particular that he would like to see while in China. The American expressed a desire to watch the coolies at the water front carrying their heavy burdens. He had heard of the tremendous loads they can carry, and he wanted to see them at work with his own eyes.
Thereupon, the American and the Chinese businessmen went down to the water front. Almost immediately the American's interest was attracted by two coolies who were engaged in a fierce quarrel. Words were being exchanged rapidly and in heated tones, fists were clenched and poised threateningly in the air, and a fight appeared imminent.
The American waited, expecting that a tremendous fist fight would break out at any moment. But after some minutes had elapsed and neither contestant had struck a single blow, he became a bit impatient. Turning to his Chinese associate, he asked when the fight would begin.
"Oh," replied the Chinese, smiling, "I cannot say. You see, the man who strikes the first blow admits that he has run out of ideas!"—Sunshine Magazine
Let our teaching be full of ideas. Hitherto, it has been stuffed only with facts.—Anatole France
When I got on a hunt for an idea I could not sleep until I had caught it.—Abraham Lincoln
Ideas are very much like children—your own are very wonderful.
Every time a man puts a new idea across, he finds ten men who thought of it before he did—but they only thought of it.—Advertiser's Digest
Some men have ideas; other men have notions. How easy it is to mistake one for the other.—W. D. Houm, Hoard's Dairyman
A group can spark an idea, but only an individual can have one. As Pres. Griswold of Yale, has so aptly asked: "Could Hamlet have been written by a committee? Or the Mona Lisa painted by a club?"—W. JoaN Unomq addressing 3rd Annual Communications Conference, New York Art Directors Club
Imagination . . . provides the way to new ideas, new processes and new things. If we did not have imagination, we would plod along each day, seeing the same old things, going through the same old thoughts.—York Trade Compositor
Idea: The result of careful thought and experience, when you have it. When somebody else has it, it's a lucky hunch.—Phoenix Flame
The more ideas a man has the fewer words he takes to ex-press them. Wise men never talk to make time; they talk to save it.
Greater than the force of marching feet is an idea whose hour is come.—Victor Hugo
Summer is a good time for you to go fishing—for ideas with which you can awaken the zest for learning. Remember, an idea doesn't care who has it.—M. Dale Baughman
There is a story of a certain sea captain and his chief engineer, who disputed as to which of them was the more important to the ship. Failing to agree, they resorted to the altogether unique plan of swapping places.
The Chief ascended to the bridge, and the Captain dived into the engine room.
After a couple of hours the Captain suddenly appeared on the deck covered with oil and soot. One eye was swollen shut, and he was very much the worse for wear. "Chief!" he yelled, wildly waving aloft a monkey-wrench. "You'll have to come down here; I can't make 'er go!"
"Of course you can't," replied the Chief, "she's ashore!"—Sunshine Magazine
Aesop's Fly, sitting on the axle of the chariot, has been much laughed at for exclaiming: What a dust I do raise!—Thomas Carlyle