„It's not the first time I've noticed how much more power words have than ideas, particularly in France.“
Ce n'est pas la première fois que je remarque combien, en France particulièrement, les mots ont plus d’empire que les idées.
„You may regret this, but you will soon notice that is a good idea to give chance a chance in the further creation of new brands of vehicles. This will make available a source of intelligence that is much more powerful than any engineering mind.“
— Valentino Braitenberg Italian-Austrian neuroscientist 1926 - 2011
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
Often attributed to Hugo as a paraphrase of a similar idea in his Histore d'un Crime (1877): "One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas", the wording of this famous statement actually more closely resembles a passage from the relatively obscure Les Francs-Tireurs (1861) by Gustave Aimard, p. 68 https://books.google.com/books/about/Les_francs_tireurs.html?id=mKI4AQAAIAAJ: Il y a quelque chose de plus puissant que la force brutale des baïonnettes: c'est l'idée dont le temps est venu et l'heure est sonnée. There is something more powerful than the brute force of bayonets: it is the idea whose time has come and hour struck. Translated into English as The Freebooters : A Story of the Texan War (1861) https://archive.org/details/freebootersstory00aima, p. 57, Ward & Lock edition<!-- later revised and edited by (1887) -->
„Americans traveling to England always observe more similarities to our country than differences. I've been here only a short time, but I've noticed the tradition of free speech exercised with enthusiasm is alive and well here in London. We have that at home too. They now have that right in Baghdad as well.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
„Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?“
— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
Often attributed to Stalin, there is not a single source which show that Stalin said this at any given time. There is only one source outside the blogosphere which attributes the quote to Stalin, but does not provide any evidence for the attribution. That source is the book Quotations for Public Speakers : A Historical, Literary, and Political Anthology (2001), p. 121 by the former US senator Robert Torricelli.
„The Supreme Power is not a Mind; not a Force; not a Being, but something higher than a Being; something for which we have no words, something for which we have no ideas.“
— William Winwood Reade British historian 1838 - 1875
Chapter IV, "Intellect"
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Letter (9 April 1945); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker
„I can’t keep count of the times when I have seen how hard times make people much more relationally accessible than they were before their difficulty.“
— John Townsend Canadian clinical psychologist and author 1952
— Germaine Greer Australian feminist author 1939
( p. 263 http://books.google.com/books?ei=7hdeUeCtEOGmiQLnu4HYBg&id=x88du4E7ARAC&dq=%22The+Female+Eunuch%22+1971&q=%22hate+them%22#search_anchor) Often paraphrased as: "women have no idea how much men hate them."
„To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.“
— Joseph Conrad Polish-British writer 1857 - 1924
Context: Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality. I have been for many years a teacher of languages. It is an occupation which at length becomes fatal to whatever share of imagination, observation, and insight an ordinary person may be heir to. To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot. Pt. I