„One day I had the idea of radiation implosion. As in all ideas that have ever popped up in my head, there is no way I can trace the source.“
— Charles de Gaulle eighteenth President of the French Republic 1890 - 1970
Toute ma vie, je me suis fait une certaine idée de la France. Opening sentence of his Mémoires de guerre.
— George Harrison British musician, former member of the Beatles 1943 - 2001
Context: My idea in "My Sweet Lord," because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by "Hallelujah," and by the time it gets to "Hare Krishna," they're already hooked, and their foot's tapping, and they're already singing along "Hallelujah," to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into "Hare Krishna," and they will all be singing that before they know what's happened, and they will think, "Hey, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Hare Krishna!" Interview with Mukunda Goswami (4 September 1982)
— Ivan Turgenev Russian writer 1818 - 1883
„The most important of my achievements, if you want to call them that, was that I successfully introduced mystical ideas into pop culture“
— Donovan Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist 1946
Context: The most important of my achievements, if you want to call them that, was that I successfully introduced mystical ideas into pop culture, which was my obsession and my compulsion when I was 16 years old. So, behind all of this fame and fortune, there was a seeker, on a spiritual path — a young man who wanted to discover and share with others an alternative way of looking at the world. I wanted to save our culture from the stupidity and the bigotry and the ignorance that threatened it. And there was the Buddhist way, and the Celtic way.
„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
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„People have no idea of the sources for my work. I didn't invent anything; It's all there in the culture; it's not a big mystery. I just combine my personal experience with classic cartoon stereotypes.“
— Robert Crumb American cartoonist 1943
Comment made to the press in 1976, quoted in The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski (2005), p. 260
„People ask if I can compete with the money of Hillary and Barack. I hope at the end of the day, they can compete with my ideas and my experience.“
— Joe Biden 47th Vice President of the United States (in office from 2009 to 2017) 1942
„If it shall ever be so, still the great ideas which I have set forth, of man, of God, of religion, — they will endure, and one day will be "a flame in the heart of all mankind."“
— Theodore Parker abolitionist 1810 - 1860
Context: You and I may perish. Temptation which has been too strong for thousands of stronger men, may be too great for me; I may prove false to my own idea of religion and of duty; the gold of commerce may buy me, as it has bought richer men; the love of the praise of men may seduce me; or the fear of men may deter my coward voice, and I may be swept off in the earthquake, in the storm, or in the fire, and prove false to that still small voice. If it shall ever be so, still the great ideas which I have set forth, of man, of God, of religion, — they will endure, and one day will be "a flame in the heart of all mankind." To-day! why, my friends, eternity is all around to-day, and we can step but towards that. A truth of the mind, of the conscience, of the heart, of the soul, — it is the will of God; and the omnipotence of God is pledged for the achievement of that will. Eternity is the life-time of Truth. Two Sermons (1853), Sermon II : Of the Position and Duty of a Minister.
„I have the little idea, my friend, that this is a crime very carefully planned and staged. It is a far-sighted, long-headed crime. It is not — how shall I express it? — a Latin crime. It is a crime that shows traces of a cool, resourceful, deliberate brain — I think an Anglo-Saxon brain.“
— Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976
„The idea that all problems either have a solution or can be shown to be pseudo-problems is not one I share.“
— Raymond Geuss British philosopher 1946