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Ideas


Rare. in logic, a contrary.
the body of doctrines, philosophical bases, symbols, etc., associated with a particular social or political movement, large group, or individual. — ideological, adj. — ideologist, n.
the concept that ideas and thoughts are instruments of action and that their usefulness determines their truth. — instrumentalist, adj.
1. the exercise or use of the intellect.
2. a particular act or process of the intellect.
an abnormal dislike for new ideas.
a modern person; one accepting new ideas and practices.
a person who forms schemes; a projector or promoter.
the science of ideas.
1. the methods and tools that a society has developed in order to facilitate the solution of its practical problems.
2. any specific application of such. — technological, adj. — technologist, n.
the branch or part of any field of learning or knowledge that is concerned with theories or hypotheses, as contrasted with practical application.
a person who forms theories or who specializes in the theory of a particular subject.

Ideas

 
  1. As flowers grow in more tropical luxuriance in a hothouse, so do wild and frenzied ideas flourish in the darkness —Stefan Zweig
  2. Every conjecture exploded like a pricked bubble —Stefan Zweig
  3. The flow of ideas is broad, continuous, like a river —Gustave Flaubert

    In a letter to George Sand, Flaubert thus refers to her easy writing style. About his own style, he said, “It’s a tiny trickle.”

  4. Get ideas like other men catch cold —Diane Ackerman
  5. Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something —E.L. Simpson
  6. His fancy … ran along with him, like the sails of a small boat, from which the ballast is thrown overboard —Isak Dinesen
  7. The history of ideas is a history of mistakes —Alfred North Whitehead

    Whitehead follows this simile with “But through all mistakes is also the history of the gradual purification of conduct.”

  8. The idea came … like a ray of light —Vladimir G. Korolenko
  9. The idea danced before us as a flag —Edgar Lee Masters
  10. An idea, like a ghost … must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself —Charles Dickens
  11. The idea remained, roaming in the dark of his mind … like a rat in the basement, too canny to be poisoned or trapped —John Gardner
  12. Ideas are free. But while the author confines them to his study, they are like birds in a cage, which none but he can have a right to let fly; for, till he thinks proper to emancipate them, they are under his own dominion —Sir Joseph Yates
  13. Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up —Voltaire
  14. Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other —Eugene Field
  15. Ideas come and go; they appear on the horizon as fleeting as rainbows, they rise and fall again like hemlines —Lynne Sharon Schwartz See Also: TRANSIENCE
  16. Ideas die, like men —Marguerite Yourcenar
  17. Ideas good as a fat wallet —Richard Ford

    See Also: MONEY

  18. Ideas, like women’s clothes and rich men’s illnesses, change according to fashion —Lawrence Durrell
  19. Ideas of your own are like babies. They are all right if you can keep them quiet —Anon
  20. Ideas rose out of him, streamed through his hair like wildflowers —Pat Conroy

    See Also: ABUNDANCE

  21. Ideas should be received like guests, in a friendly way, but with the reservation that they are not to tyrannize their host —Albert Moravia
  22. Ideas that … in the light of day, may hide but never quite go away. Like mice in old houses, one knows they’re there —David R. Slavitt See Also: PERSISTENCE
  23. Ideas winged their way swiftly like martins round the bell at dawn —Ivan Turgenev
  24. The imagination is like the drunk man who lost his watch, and must get drunk again to find it. It is as intimate as speech and custom, and to trace its ways we need to reeducate our eyes —Guy Davenport
  25. Imagination is like a lofty building reared to meet the sky —Gelett Burgess
  26. Imagination … must be immediate and direct like the gaze that kindles it —Italo Calvino
  27. Lack ideas … as if someone had tied a tourniquet around the left side of his brain —Anon
  28. Like good yeast bread, a good idea needs time to proof —Erik Sandberg-Diment, New York Times, August 24, 1986
  29. (Olga’s mind was sensuously slow: she) lingered over an idea like someone lingering in a hot tub —Wilfrid Sheed
  30. Old ideas, like old clothes, put carefully away, come out again after a time almost as good as new —Punch, 1856
  31. Picking up the idea by its corner like a soiled hanky —Rosellen Brown
  32. Planted ideas … as a gardener will plant sticks for climbing sweet pea —Lawrence Durrell
  33. A shortsighted concept … rather like a bankrupt saying he’s invested his capital in debts —Frank Ross
  34. The theory arrived neither full-blown, like an orphan on the doorstep, nor sharply defined, like a spike through a shoe; nor did it develop as would a photographic print, crisp images gradually memerging from a shadowy soup. Rather, it unwound like a turban, like mummy bandage —Tom Robbins
  35. What America needs now are ideas like shafts of light —Ellen Gilchrist, National Public Radio, September 22, 1986
References in classic literature ?
Then she told the various bits of gossip she had heard at the Moffats', and as she spoke, Jo saw her mother fold her lips tightly, as if ill pleased that such ideas should be put into Meg's innocent mind.
With a kind of wriggle, like a fish returned to the brook by the fisherman, Biddlebaum the silent began to talk, striving to put into words the ideas that had been accumulated by his mind during long years of silence.
Her husband's quiet tastes irritate her, I think, and she finds it worth while to play the patroness to a group of young poets and painters of advanced ideas and mediocre ability.
You used to say he was a man of ideas," she retorted, unconciliated.
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself.
I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.
It's just as well you shouldn't," said Christie shortly, whose ideas of a general classical impropriety had been gathered from pages of Lempriere's dictionary.
Holgrave, that you should have ideas like these," rejoined Hepzibah, drawing up her gaunt figure with slightly offended dignity.
An Indian in his native garb was standing there; but the red men were not so infrequent visitors of the English settlements that one of them would have attracted any notice from Hester Prynne at such a time; much less would he have excluded all other objects and ideas from her mind.
What's `out,' as I told you, with Miles is that if he thinks I'm afraid to--and has ideas of what he gains by that-- he shall see he's mistaken.
Now, while all these ideas were passing through me like lightning, this harpooneer never noticed me at all.
At length one of them, after long scratching about for his ideas, made bold to speak.