„The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.“

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„An idea is a thought. It's a thought that holds more than you think it does when you receive it. But in that first moment there is a spark.“

—  David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946
Context: An idea is a thought. It's a thought that holds more than you think it does when you receive it. But in that first moment there is a spark. In a comic strip, if someone gets an idea, a lightbulb goes on. It happens in an instant, just as in life. It would be great if the entire film came all at once. But it comes, for me, in fragments. That first fragment is like the Rosetta stone. It's the piece of the puzzle that indicates the rest. It's a hopeful puzzle piece. In Blue Velvet, it was red lips, green lawns, and the song — Bobby Vinton's version of "Blue Velvet". The next thing was an ear lying in a field. And that was it. You fall in love with the first idea, that little tiny piece. And once you've got it, the rest will come in time. Ideas, p. 23

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„The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.“

—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Context: The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shall not covet," and "Thou shall not steal," are not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free. Ch. 1 Marchamont Nedham : The Right Constitution of a Commonwealth Examined http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/v1ch16s15.html <!-- The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States vol. VI (1851) p. 9 -->

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„The systems approach is not a bad idea“

—  C. West Churchman American philosopher and systems scientist 1913 - 2004
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„Language is a system of signs that express ideas,“

—  Ferdinand de Saussure Swiss linguist 1857 - 1913
Context: Language is a system of signs that express ideas, and is therefore comparable to a system of writing, the alphabet of deaf-mutes, symbolic rites, polite formulas, military signals, etc. But it is the most important of all these systems. p. 16 ; Partly cited in; Geza Revesz, The Origins and Prehistory of Language, London 1956. p. 126

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„The basic managerial idea introduced by systems thinking, is that to manage a system effectively, you might focus on the interactions of the parts rather than their behavior taken separately.“

—  Fred Emery Australian psychologist 1925 - 1997
Russell L. Ackoff and Fred Emery (1972) On purposeful systems, cited in: Lloyd Dobyns, Clare Crawford-Mason (1994) Thinking about quality: progress, wisdom, and the Deming philosophy. p. 40.

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„The basic managerial idea introduced by systems thinking, is that to manage a system effectively, you might focus on the interactions of the parts rather than their behavior taken separately.“

—  Russell L. Ackoff Scientist 1919 - 2009
Russell L. Ackoff and Fred Emery (1972) On purposeful systems, cited in: Lloyd Dobyns, Clare Crawford-Mason (1994) Thinking about quality: progress, wisdom, and the Deming philosophy. p. 40.

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„If crowdfunding has this idea of rebellion to it, and of circumventing the system, then these crowdfunding sites aren't really freedom. We're just creating another gatekeeper.“

—  Jessica Mae Stover American filmmaker
in: Gordon Cox. " Crowdfunding draws crowds http://variety.com/2011/film/features/crowdfunding-draws-crowds-1118029893/," at variety.com, 2011

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„[My own goal is] to be completely empty of ideas at the moment of setting brush to canvas, the head being just as empty as the canvas.“

—  Asger Jorn Danish artist 1914 - 1973
In a conversation with Pierre Loeb, circa 1946; as quoted on the website of the Jorn Museum by Jorn http://www.museumjorn.dk/en/article_presentation.asp?AjrDcmntId=255,'Articles'

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