„Why do all your brilliant ideas involve felonies?“

—  Kathy Reichs, Virals

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„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

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„Why do I always get my best ideas in the shower? “

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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„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.

„I'm a female. Why would I give all the best ideas to a male?“

—  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.

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„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

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„I do not see why so much importance should be attached to the idea of 'research' in painting.“

—  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

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„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.

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„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.

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