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How to Come Up with a Great Idea

“Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft,
wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?”
― Rumi

“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.”
― B.R. Ambedkar

“One idea lights a thousand candles.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When an idea takes hold, nothing can stop it!”
― Stephen Richards

“I have stated, that in the thirteen species of ground-finches, a nearly perfect gradation may be traced, from a beak extraordinarily thick, to one so fine, that it may be compared to that of a warbler.”
― Charles DarwinVoyage of the Beagle

“I hope you still think that ideas are more dangerous than material thing,” Quentin said. “That is what you were arguing at lunch.”
Anthony pondered while glancing from side to side before he answered, “Yes, I do. All material danger is limited, whereas interior danger is unlimited. It’s more dangerous for you to hate than kill, isn’t it?”
― Charles WilliamsThe Place of the Lion

“Ideas are not intellectuals’ toys: ideas have consequences, for good and for ill, in what even intellectuals sometimes call “the real world”.”
― George Weigel

“Ideas begin their life as small seeds, so light they may drift through the air like dust motes. If a human is fortunate enough to catch one, when the light is right, it can be planted, just like a seed. With fertile soil, it may grow into a flower or tree, which will re-seed, thus producing a whole field or forest.”
― Rahma KramboGuardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria

“but by the conception of a little thought of idea, a great work would not have existed. When we live in a day without conceiving an idea, we waste the day. A day wasted is a debt incurred.”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Ideas are amazing, without the exploration of an idea, we can never know if that idea could become a reality.”
― Jeremy Limn

 An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
– Oscar Wilde

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.
– Swami Vivekananda

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
– Buddha

Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.
– Ashleigh Brilliant

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
– Howard Aiken

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
– Andre Malraux

 Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
– Napoleon Hill

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
– Anais Nin

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
– Henry Ward Beecher

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
– Arthur C. Clarke

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
– Jim Rohn

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.
– John F. Kennedy

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
– Pablo Picasso

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.
– Albert Einstein

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.
– Emile Chartier

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
– Nolan Bushnell

 An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
– Arnold H. Glasgow

The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.
– Henry Ford

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
– Mary Kay Ash

Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.
– Harvey S. Firestone

 Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
– Alfred North Whitehead

Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.
– H.G. Wells

 If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
– Albert Einstein

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
– Victor Hugo

Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.
– Walt Disney

Believe in something larger than yourself. . . . Get involved in the big ideas of your time.
– Barbara Bush

It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are strong only so long as they represent a strong idea. They become powerless when they oppose it.
– Sigmund Freud

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
– George Bernard Shaw

You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.
– Benazir Bhutto

A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
– Don Marquis

No matter how brilliantly an idea is stated, we will not really be moved unless we have already half thought of it ourselves.
– Mignon McLaughlin

Having ideas is like having chessmen moving forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.
– Lois Wyse

Don’t be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
– Anthony Robbins

If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
– Alfred Bernhard Nobel

We think good ideas to death, when we should be acting them to life.
– Brian G. Jett

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.
– Dee Hock

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
– John Steinbeck

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
– Hyman Rickover

 Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
– Ken Hakuta

I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.
– Samuel Goldwyn

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
– Eleanor Roosevelt


Author: Rachael Aprill Phillips

Bio: Rachael Aprill Phillips is the CEO and founder of The Richible Group a collective of companies whose vision is to help over a million people launch, run and grow a highly successful business. She was also named Top Global Marketing Expert by Huffington Post.

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  1. I really like this. One of my problems was the worry that people who had more money than me would take my idea and run with it. But this article has helped to put this in prospective thanks fr sharing.

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