„I always look for people whose ideas coincide with mine, and then I'm ready to give them a chance to make a name for themselves.“
— Michael Balcon English Film producer 1896 - 1977
On his book How to Win Friends and Influence People as quoted in Newsweek (8 August 1955); also quoted in Best Quotes of '54, '55, '56 (1957) by James Beasley Simpson, p. 128.
Context: The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules whose would you use?
— Michael Balcon English Film producer 1896 - 1977
— Lewis Black American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor 1948
Nothing’s Sacred (2005)
Context: The only thing dumber than a Democrat or a Republican is when those pricks work together. You see, in our two-party system, the Democrats are the party of no ideas and the Republicans are the party of bad ideas. It usually goes something like this. A Republican will stand up in Congress and say, "I've got a really bad idea." And a Democrat will immediately jump to his feet and declare, "And I can make it shittier."
— Harry V. Jaffa American historian and collegiate professor 1918 - 2015
2000s, The Real Abraham Lincoln: A Debate (2002), Q&A
Source: The Hippopotamus Pool
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Source: Selected Writings
Context: It is agreed by those who have seriously considered the subject, that no individual has, of natural right, a separate property in an acre of land, for instance. By an universal law, indeed, whatever, whether fixed or movable, belongs to all men equally and in common, is the property for the moment of him who occupies it, but when he relinquishes the occupation, the property goes with it. Stable ownership is the gift of social law, and is given late in the progress of society. It would be curious then, if an idea, the fugitive fermentation of an individual brain, could, of natural right, be claimed in exclusive and stable property. If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
Letter to Isaac McPherson http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_8s12.html (13 August 1813) ME 13:333.
The sentence He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. is sometimes paraphrased as "Knowledge is like a candle. Even as it lights a new candle, the strength of the original flame is not diminished."
— Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963
Book III, Ch. 9, sec. 4
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689)
— Vita Sackville-West English writer and gardener 1892 - 1962
Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78
Context: It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan't make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can't be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it.
— P. W. Botha South African prime minister 1916 - 2006
As cited in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p. 11
— David Cameron Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1966
2010s, 2015, Speech on (20 July 2015)
— David Levithan American author and editor 1972
Source: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
— Edward R. Murrow Television journalist 1908 - 1965
This I Believe (1951)
Context: This reporter’s beliefs are in a state of flux. It would be easier to enumerate the items I do not believe in, than the other way around. And yet in talking to people, in listening to them, I have come to realize that I don’t have a monopoly on the world’s problems. Others have their share, often far bigger than mine. This has helped me to see my own in truer perspective: and in learning how others have faced their problems — this has given me fresh ideas about how to tackle mine.
— Gustave Flaubert French writer (1821–1880) 1821 - 1880
11 December 1852
Correspondence, Letters to Madame Louise Colet
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948