„My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
Striking Thoughts (2000), Context: Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty. p. 2
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.“
— Thomas Merton Priest and author 1915 - 1968
Statement from his final address, during a conference on East-West monastic dialogue, delivered just two hours before his death (10 December 1968), quoted in Religious Education, Vol. 73 (1978), p. 292, and in The Boundless Circle : Caring for Creatures and Creation (1996) by Michael W. Fox.
„Dr. Bob managed so successfully to turn the answer to every question into a mini-lecture on self-esteem and positive thinking, that Ethan wanted Hazard to arrest him on charges of Felony Cliché and Practicing Philosophy Without An Idea.“
— Dean Koontz, livro The Face
The Face (2003), Chapter 67; Ethan and Hazard's questioning of a pop-psychology university professor
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Acceptance Speech for the Margaret Edwards Award (1998), Context: Wrinkle, when it was finally published in 1962, after two years of rejections, broke several current taboos. The protagonist was female, and one of the unwritten rules of science fiction was that the protagonist should be male. I'm a female. Why would I give all the best ideas to a male? Another assumption was that science and fantasy don't mix. Why not? We live in a fantastic universe, and subatomic particles and quantum mechanics are even more fantastic than the macrocosm. Often the only way to look clearly at this extraordinary universe is through fantasy, fairy tale, myth. During the fifties Erich Fromm published a book called The Forgotten Language, in which he said that the only universal language which breaks across barriers of race, culture, time, is the language of fairy tale, fantasy, myth, parable, and that is why the same stories have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. Someone said, "It's all been done before." Yes, I agreed, but we all have to say it in our own voice.
„There is no idea so bad that it cannot be made to look brilliant with the proper application of fonts and color.“
— Scott Adams, Dilbert's Guide to the Rest of Your Life: Dispatches from Cubicleland
„I understood that if ever one wanted to live with someone you cooked for them and they came running. But then it is my idea of hell these days, living with someone. The idea of sharing your life with someone is just utterly ghastly. I know why people do it, but it's never a good idea.“
— Nigel Slater English food writer, journalist and broadcaster 1958
The Real Cook - Writers and critics - Celebrities and articles - Food - Waitrose.com http://www.waitrose.com/food_drink/wfi/foodpeople/writersandcritics/9810064.asp
„Do not worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you will to ram them down people´s throats.“
— Howard H. Aiken pioneer in computing, original conceptual designer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer 1900 - 1973
— Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
Attributed from posthumous publications, Quote in "Picasso", Hans L. C. Jaffe, Thames and Hudson Ltd
„My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?“
— Bob Hope American comedian, actor, singer and dancer 1903 - 2003
— Robert A. Heinlein, livro Life-Line
Short fiction, The Past Through Tomorrow (1967), Life-Line (p. 15)
„We're continually poring over plans, and the decision is difficult, but it's definitely coming soon. The idea with Barr is not bad and might convince me to take your advice, if B. really does get involved.“
— Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950
1930s, In a letter from Amsterdam 15 February 1937, to Hans Swarzenski in Princeton, the Max Beckmann Archive, Christian Lenz; as quoted on: arts in exile http://kuenste-im-exil.de In February 1937, his last hopes of a life in Germany had clearly faded, as he wrote to Hanns Swarzenski in Princeton on the 15th of the month. This quote refers to an invitation from Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and to the idea of emigrating to the USA, to escape Nazi-threat.
„When you're a writer, the question people always ask you is, "Where do you get your ideas?" Writers hate this question. It's like asking Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen, "Where do you get your leeches?" You don't get ideas. Ideas get you.“
— Connie Willis American science fiction writer 1945
„War has no longer the justification that it makes for the survival of the fittest; it involves the survival of the less fit. The idea that the struggle between nations is a part of the evolutionary law of man's advance involves a profound misreading of the biological analogy.
The warlike nations do not inherit the earth; they represent the decaying human element….“
— Norman Angell, livro The Great Illusion
The Great Illusion (1910)
„If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution.“
— Rollo May US psychiatrist 1909 - 1994
The Courage to Create (1975), Ch. 1 : The Courage to Create, p. 12
„If you come up with a big new idea in our world and everyone says "Hey, that's great, definitely go ahead with that," then you know it's not a big new idea at all. Anything really new brings out all the reasons why it can't possibly work, and why it's crazy to even think about it.“
— Adam Steltzner American aerospace engineer 1963
Marc Kaufman. Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission https://books.google.com/books/about/Mars_Up_Close.html?id=o6XaCwAAQBAJ&hl=en. National Geographic page 15. ISBN 978-1-4262-1278-9.