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There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. (Ansel Adams)

While working on one piece, another concept often emerges, and it is this constant, stimulating flow that causes my work to evolve. (B. J. Adams)

The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas. (Joseph Addison)

Not to engage in this pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men. (Mortimer J. Adler)

The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors. (Stella Adler)

Great dreams and great ideas play hide and seek or catch me if you can on your mind, catch one great idea, cage it in your mind's prison, interrogate it until it reveals how it can become a reality. (Sam Adoquei)

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)

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. (David Allen, author)

I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things that I think might turn into songs. (Mose Allison)

Take in as many ideas as you wish, then find what works for you. (Kathryn Amisson)

A lot of people have great ideas, but nothing in the world is cheaper than a good idea with no action. (Anonymous)

I keep very weird hours. I never know when I'm going to get an idea. (Sergio Aragones)

Ideas are gifts and if you are listening and in a state of awareness you shall find a universe of ideas. (Kathleen Arnason)

Few ideas are in themselves practical. It is for want of imagination in applying them that they fail. The creative process does not end with an idea - it only starts with an idea. (John Arnold)

The best ideas come unexpectedly from a conversation or a common activity like watering the garden. These can get lost or slip away if not acted on when they occur. (Ruth Asawa)

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

A million ideas, but what do they mean? (Jay Asher)

Working small... results in a quick turnover of ideas, and you'll avoid getting bogged down by long efforts on unrewarding pieces. (Anna Held Audette)

The idea is in my head - to put it down is nothing. (Milton Avery)

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls. (Gaston Bachelard)

Ideas always acquire appearance veils, the attitudes that people acquire of their time and earlier time. Really good artists tear down those veils. (Francis Bacon)

Images also help me find and realize ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people's plates. (Francis Bacon)

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. (Walter Bagehot)

Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible. (Pearl Bailey)

Big minds have big ideas. Small minds use big ideas to justify bad ideas. (Darby Bannard)

When good ideas get put to bad use, it is the fault of the user, not the idea. (Darby Bannard)

The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself. (Bernard Baruch)

Certain materials suggest ideas and ways of working. (David Batchelor)

A rich imagination nurtured by anything it can soak up – memories, travels, dreams or encounters become fused and erupt into an idea. (David R. Becker)

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. (Henry Ward Beecher)

Cutting out the clutter in your mind is as simple as letting it out, and that means expressing some pretty useless ideas. (Jean-Pierre Beeks)

The more ideas one is free to explore, the more likely a truly creative idea can emerge. (Michael Bell)

There is an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny. (Irving Berlin)

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down. (Hector Berlioz)

Forget what makes sense; pay more attention to what calls to you. Give airtime to the crazy ideas you have; take them seriously. Don't be too quick to dismiss what to you seems impractical. (Susan Biali, M.D.)

Ideas seem to be born within structure... All limitations in art are arbitrary and imagined, but creativity seems to flourish within a random boundary or two... (Eleanor Blair)

Keep receptive to ideas. You have to always be thinking about painting... Our thoughts go away too quickly and any way to preserve them for later use should be used. (Marion Boddy-Evans)

The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. (Edward de Bono)

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. (Edward de Bono)

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it. (Elizabeth Bowen)

My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. (Ray Bradbury)

Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I'm borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. (Ray Bradbury)

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas. (Georges Braque)

Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea. (Robert Brault)

When you try to formalize or socialize creative ability, the only result is 'commercial' constipation. The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups. (Charles Browder)

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow. (Charles Brower)

-Evergreens Are Prudish...
The lampshade on my head is for my bright ideas. I won't be able to convey them until Monday, when my curtain gets out of the dry cleaners. (Benson Bruno)

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea. (Pearl S. Buck)

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing. (Warren Buffett)

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person. (Ralph Bunche)

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 the difference. (Nolan Bushnell)

The two most fertile sources of ideas are the painting on which I'm working and a kind of self-hypnosis or day-dreaming. (Louise Cadillac)

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. (John Cage)

Ideas are one thing and what happens is another. (John Cage)

There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. (Susan Cain)

I have the loftiest idea, and the most passionate one, of art. Much too lofty to agree to subject it to anything. Much too passionate to want to divorce it from anything. (Albert Camus)

It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes. (Elias Canetti)

My ideas are all the same but look different. (Maurizio Cattelan)

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea. (Emile-Auguste Chartier)

The amount of chiaroscuro an idea harbors is the only index of its profundity. (Emile M. Cioran)

Apple shows us how important it is to reject 1,000 good ideas so that a really great idea can survive. (Francesco Cirillo)

The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting. (John Cleese)

All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. (Chuck Close)

The whole idea of ideas in art is useless. Only have ideas about form. (Matthew Collings)

No matter what the idea, it is essential to have an understanding and conviction about why I am getting involved with the idea. (Kathleen Cook)

When I work on an idea for a painting... the first thing I think of is the atmosphere I am trying to achieve. I want to create another world for the viewer to walk into. (Carol Cottone-Kolthoff)

I love being inside my brain and pushing myself to think in ever more complex ways because I know the ideas are there for the taking. It's all about being focused and disciplined and making use of one's abilities. (Nancy Crow)

My problem is to bring together in a painting two seemingly conflicting, impossibly unmixable ideas. One is that the finished work shall evoke a sense of recognition, of the mysteriously familiar... the other is that in order to do the first I must deeply know my subject... (Keith Crown)

Produce as many ideas as possible. Try to produce unlikely ideas. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

-Daily Rituals; How Artists Work...
Tchaikovsky's... walks were essential to his creativity, and he often stopped to jot down ideas that he would develop later at the piano. ...Then, again, most composers required a long (and sometimes very long) daily walk to keep the ideas flowing. (Mason Currey)

The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs. (Francis Darwin)

An idea is born when mind and eye see together. (Ratindra Das)

In the arts the way in which an idea is rendered, and the manner in which it is expressed, is much more important than the idea itself. To give a body and a perfect form to one's thought, this – and only this – is to be an artist. (Jacques-Louis David)

At times there seems to be a million ideas worth painting. However, there are days when it's a challenge to pull any idea together. On these days I go to my studio, leaf through an art history book, and tell myself that I am part of this great tradition. (James Dean)

Ideas are the root of creation. (Ernest Dimnet)

Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king. (Mark van Doren)

It is the form the idea takes in the imagination rather than the form as it exists outside. (Arthur Dove)

Ideas are cheap and abundant; what is of value is the effective placement of those ideas into situations that develop into action. (Peter Drucker)

I was interested in ideas, not in visual products. I wanted to put painting again in the service of the mind. (Marcel Duchamp)

You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart. (Carol Ann Duffy)

Ideas are intelligent active things which present themselves to your consciousness for expression. You can only be receptive and express them as they will be expressed. (Harvey Dunn)

Reading plants, nourishes and grows ideas. (William V. Dunning)

Ideas are cheap. Always be passionate about ideas and communicating those ideas and discoveries to others in the things you make. (Charles Eames)

If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

To have a great idea, have a lot of them. (Thomas Edison)

I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing. (Thomas Edison)

It is always delightful when a great and beautiful idea proves to be consonant with reality. (Albert Einstein)

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special gift. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-critique, have brought me my ideas. (Albert Einstein)

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

The whole business starts with ideas, and we're convinced that ideas come out of an environment of supportive conflict, which is synonymous with appropriate friction. (Michael Eisner)

Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow. (T. S. Eliot)

Big Ideas are so hard to recognize, so fragile, so easy to kill. Don't forget that, all of you who don't have them. (John Elliot, Jr.)

The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas. (Ralph Ellison)

The smart thing in the art world is to have one good idea and never have another. (Brian Eno)

Usually my ideas are small. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

An idea isn't worth much until a man is found who has the energy and ability to make it work. (William Feather)

The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The foundation of my ideas is the result of being inspired by a particular shape, quality of light or arrangement of form. (Tom Francesconi)

Always think of something new; this helps you forget your last rotten idea. (Seth Frankel)

This gift we have is more than an ability to put things on paper or canvas, but an ability to think it up in the first place. (Nina Allen Freeman)

I use the gallery as if it were a doctor. I come for ideas and help – to look at situations within painting, rather than paintings. (Lucian Freud)

Clothe an idea in words and it loses its freedom of movement. (Egon Friedell)

Ideas become powerful only if they appear in the flesh; an idea which does not lead to action by the individual and by groups remains at best a paragraph or a footnote in a book. (Erich Fromm)

An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor. (Robert Frost)

My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted. (Buckminster Fuller)

Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth. (Margaret Fuller)

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it. (Neil Gaiman)

We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. Lord of all things, he is not lord of himself. (Jose Ortega Y Gasset)

Really good ideas are always good beyond what you anticipated originally. (David Gelernter)

Novelty is vital to the stimulation of life... New neural paths are sparked by caving in to notions. (Robert Genn)

Ideas bubble differently when we're forced to inquire about the obvious. (Sara Genn)

Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves. (Andre Gide)

I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify. And what is that thing? And how are we to relate to it in a way that will not make us lose our minds, but, in fact, might actually keep us sane? (Elizabeth Gilbert)

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated. (Ellen Glasgow)

Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. (Arnold H. Glasow)

If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else, then you will be hailed as a visionary. (Arnold H. Glasow)

It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to. (Jean-Luc Godard)

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

It seems to me it's a painter's duty to try to put an idea into his work. (Vincent van Gogh)

I had a great idea this morning, but I didn't like it. (Samuel Goldwyn)

It is to aid in making the arts operative rather than only positively or negatively pleasurable... it is to paint a record, in so far as I am increasingly capable, of man's deepst capacities... I seek to paint of how form manifests its subtlest quality named 'idea.' (Morris Graves)

Read. Be conversant with the great ideas. (Irwin Greenberg)

Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself. (Franz Grillparzer)

Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. (Alfred Whitney Griswold)

I try to develop images that not only express the essential characteristics of my ideas but also offer the viewers an opportunity to participate by bringing something of themselves to the work. (George De Groat)

Draw or write for 30 minutes a day - you have no idea how many good ideas you will forget otherwise. (Joel Haas)

Suddenly, a new idea may seem to be only the logical, next sentence in an interior monologue that has gone on for years. (Peggy Hadden)

Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea. (Robert Half)

Blessing or curse, my art has its own ideas of outcome. (Loree Harrell)

-in a letter to Emily Carr...
Sometimes, indeed often, we work on a theme with an unformed idea, and, when it has passed through the process, its final result is something we could never have predicted when we commenced. (Lawren Harris)

Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it. (Rex Harrison)

Some have half-baked ideas because their ideals are not heated up enough. (Henry S. Haskins)

Ideas move rapidly when their time comes. (Carolyn Heilbrun)

-The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
Doesn't do to talk much about all this. Talk the whole thing away. (Ernest Hemingway)

When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea. (Ernest Hemingway)

The artist should have a powerful will. He should be powerfully possessed by one idea. (Robert Henri)

Only the ideas that we really live have any value. (Hermann Hesse)

Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy. (Jim Hightower)

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. (Napoleon Hill)

Most ideas are stillborn, and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action. The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth. Every minute it lives, gives it a better chance of surviving. (Napoleon Hill)

The artist needs the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in his head at once. (Rowland Hill)

The idea is more important than the object. (Damien Hirst)

An idea is an eye given by God for the seeing of God. Some of these eyes we cannot bear to look out of, we blind them as quickly as possible. (Russell Hoban)

An idea can only be materialized with the help of a medium of expression, the inherent qualities of which must be surely sensed and understood in order to become the carrier of an idea. (Hans Hofmann)

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

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

A delight is when I am sitting at my window and something clicks – a wall shape and a cloud shadow – and with a felt-tip pen and pad I can work through twenty or thirty variations. The idea comes and goes. It's really a mental exercise; you test how far your mind can discover yet another variation. Into the unknown. A game for one. (Derek Hyatt)

We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics. (Robert G. Ingersoll)

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. (Raymond Inmon)

New ideas are born in small sections of the last painting. (Melissa Jean)

Memorable ideas take time to formulate... in poetry or paintings. (Carol Jessen)

There is a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat. That is crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they are doing, you say, 'Wow' and soon you are cooking up all sorts of ideas. (Steve Jobs)

One's range [of ideas] is limited by one's interests and imagination and by one's passion. (Jasper Johns)

I often find that having an idea in my head prevents me from doing something else. Working is therefore a way of getting rid of an idea. (Jasper Johns)

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. (Lady Bird Johnson)

Confound these ancestors... They've stolen our best ideas! (Ben Jonson)

The idea occurred to me to paint wild animals in humorous and unlikely situations... (Steven Jordan)

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings. (Rosabeth Moss Kanter)

All ideas grow out of other ideas. (Anish Kapoor)

One does not set out with the idea that I've just had a great idea and now I'm going to go and carry it out. Almost all art that's made like that doesn't go anywhere. (Anish Kapoor)

-an eleven-year-old...
There's a feeling of openness; it's as if nothing is wrong, as if ideas are there, hanging in the air just waiting to be bumped into. (Keeley)

To say that an idea is fashionable is to say, that is has been adulterated to a point where it is hardly an idea at all. (Murray Kempton)

Do we need to feel guilty that we are more idea-oriented? And trying to paint an image with an idea strongly presented?... yes, I know Picasso's statement that you can't stick ideas on the canvas. He certainly did exactly that. (Nader Khaghani)

Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing right at you out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up. (Stephen King)

I am rather like a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas. I do much more for people than just paint them pictures. (Martin Kippenberger)

Ideas are a dime a dozen - but fully realized, beautifully crafted works of art, the result of completely invested artists, are indeed rare. (Sharon Knettell)

Paint what you love, and the ideas will never stop coming. (Brian Knowles)

If we watch ourselves honestly, we shall often find that we have begun to argue against a new idea even before it has been completely stated. (Arthur Koestler)

In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble. (Willem de Kooning)

The ideas cross-fertilize. They're breeding when I'm not looking. I know that in the dark corners they're busy copulating and begetting more ideas... (Andrew Kotting)

I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed. (Barbara Kruger)

Its not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas. (Edwin Land)

Always have a pen and paper. Ideas come at the least convenient time. But, when they come, they must be captured while the intensity is there. (Bill Lathrop)

Currents of energy shimmer through our bodies. Like shooting stars, we rocket through spacious stillness. But this silent, unmoving background is nothing like the granite ideas we use trying to take root in groundless soil. (Anthony Lawlor)

When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools. (Michael Leboeuf)

Why start a painting before you have a visual concept or idea? (David Leffel)

Get in touch with yourself. The fountain of creativity begins with the stream of conscious thought flowing inside you. Open the floodgate and creative ideas come rushing out. (Nita Leland)

An idea is not art. (Robert Levers)

Ideas are useless unless used. The proof of their value is in their implementation. Until then, they are in limbo. (Theodore Levitt)

Ideas are like fleas: they jump from person to person, but they don't bite everyone. (Stanislaus Levy)

The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. (Wyndham Lewis)

Since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa. (Sol LeWitt)

I try to think that I am turning the idea of the picture inside out. If I can do that, then the result almost has to be other than that which was originally conceived. (Noyes Capehart Long)

The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them. (Bill Maher)

The artist... may suppose that ideas are his chief currency; but unless he is also attuned to feelings, in life and in art, he will not move his fellow human beings. (Eric Maisel)

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to create. (Nicole Malebranche)

An idea accepted as true from any source can be every bit as powerful as hypnosis. (Maxwell Maltz)

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere. You even smell it. (Thomas Mann)

What a neat idea! I'll be the painter painting the painter. (Teresa Marie)

To describe and explain my ideas is to lose them. (Marino Marini)

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. (Don Marquis)

I am simply conscious of the forces I am using and I am driven on by an idea that I really only grasp as it grows with the picture. (Henri Matisse)

The ideas in my short stories are about those normal everyday experiences that others wished they could commit to paper. When people say they can recognize something in my words. I feel pleasure. (Cindy Matthews)

Drawing helps us become visually familiar with each new idea. (Richard McDaniel)

While a scribble is quick and hasty, a doodle is a bit more relaxed, more like wandering around than dashing about. They grow from within and can be an abundant source of ideas. (Richard McDaniel)

Ideas abound if I can get out of my everyday environment and travel to a new one. (Frances H. McIlvain)

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)

If you're lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original. It's not in the world - it's in your head. I think that is amazing. (Alexander McQueen)

My ideas and inspirations for painting come from my memories. (Joseph Melancon)

People who believe in painting... realize there is something greater than just coming up with an idea, and executing it. (Sam Messer)

-Cracking Creativity...
Every new subject or idea produces a host of creative by-products, initially seen as irrelevant, but available for fashioning in novel new directions. (Michael Michalko)

Leonardo da Vinci's technique for getting ideas was to close his eyes, relax totally, and cover a sheet of paper with random lines and scribbles. He would then open his eyes and look for images and patterns, objects, faces, or events in the scribble. (Michael Michalko)

I get a lot of ideas watching film, walking outside, looking at advertising, magazines, obviously from great art, contemporary art... (Ron Monsma)

-Anne's House of Dreams...
I have a little brown cocoon of an idea that may possibly expand into a magnificent moth of fulfillment... (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

I sometimes begin a drawing with no preconceived problem to solve, with only the desire to use pencil on paper... but as my eye takes in what is so produced, a point arrives where some idea crystallizes, and then a control and ordering begins to take place. (Henry Moore)

There is a right physical size for every idea. (Henry Moore)

The unluckiest insolvent in the world is the man whose expenditure of speech is too great for his income of ideas. (Christopher Morley)

The idea is to have no idea. Get lost. Get lost in the landscape. (Malcolm Morley)

I almost never start with an image. I start with a painting idea, an impulse, usually derived from my own world. (Robert Motherwell)

-misattributed, from a letter now regarded as a forgery by Johann Friedrich Rochlitz...
Whence and how these come I know not, nor can I force them... When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

A domain exits where concepts can't go; so leave them on the doorstep to enter. (Chris Murphy)

The simple joy of taking an idea into one's own hands and giving it proper form - that's exciting. (George Nelson)

Never hesitate to steal a good idea. (Allen H. Neuharth)

'Painting' and 'religious experience' are the same thing. It is a question of the perpetual motion of a right idea. (Ben Nicholson)

It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date. (Roger von Oech)

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible. (David Ogilvy)

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. (George Orwell)

The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth. (George Orwell)

The ideas must all be in the eye before they are carried out with the brush. (Anonymous Chinese painter)

The best way to murder a painting is to have a preconceived idea of how it is going to turn out. (Neil Patterson)

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. (Linus Carl Pauling)

We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making. (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

The idea does not belong to the soul; it is the soul that belongs to the idea. (Charles S. Peirce)

Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all. (Pericles)

No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it. (Fernando Pessoa)

Used judiciously, voicing ideas can be a positive force. Sometimes publicly announcing your intention to do something can keep you committed to seeing it through - or face the embarrassment of saying you did nothing about it. (Alexander Petti)

If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as you change your shirts. (Francis Picabia)

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

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. (Pablo Picasso)

It's just as sure a recipe for failure to have the right idea fifty years too soon, as five years too late. (J. R. Platt)

Too often new ideas are studied and analyzed until they are suffocated. (William Pollard)

People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf. (Ezra Pound)

A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it. (Marcel Proust)

Ideas aren't real estate, they grow collectively and that knocks out the egotistical loneliness that generally infects art. (Robert Rauschenberg)

When someone begins a new idea and follows through with it, to the benefit of all around them, it is a beautiful thing. (Laury Ravenstein)

A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea. (Man Ray)

I want to emphasize the idea of black as intellectuality and conventionality. (Ad Reinhardt)

The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Artists are recognized as leaders in the next generation of ideas. (Alice Rich)

In the beginning, every idea has an audience of only one... the idea exists with or without a larger audience or market. (Alice Rich)

That thing you have in your head will pass and be replaced if you don't give it its due when it calls. (Chris Riley)

I guess I've always liked the idea of being an artist. (Larry Rivers)

Images are revealed to me mostly in my dreams. (Rigoberto Rodriguez)

No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. (Carl Rogers)

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

It's not that I ever sat down and outlined a trilogy, but I always have a sense of what size an idea is when I start it. (Veronica Roth)

You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night. (Marilyn vos Savant)

It's important to discuss ideas but it's more important to surrender control and preconceptions. (Judith Schaechter)

Is an 'idea' an advance visualization of a piece? Part of a piece? If anything - if it hasn't already evaporated - it's one of the very first things sacrificed during the actual process of making something. (Judith Schaechter)

It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Ideas are infinite, original, and lively divine thoughts. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in him already. As a rule there are in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready like tinder. But much of this tinder catches fire, or catches it successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from outside, i.e., from some other person. (Albert Schweitzer)

Somehow, between my brain and hand, answers develop and ideas begin. (Helen Scott)

Try out your ideas by visualizing them in action. (David Seabury)

Content may by trivial. But I do not think that any person may pronounce either upon the weight or upon the triviality of an idea before its execution. (Ben Shahn)

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will each have an 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)

A lot of us have all sorts of ideas, and we select some rather than others and give expression to those... and some works of art are more successful than others. Some languish in obscurity and are never heard of again, while others form the foundation of a whole school of art. (Rupert Sheldrake)

-interview, Art of Watercolor, Dec, 2011...
The ideas are either from imagination or manipulation of photographic references, often both. (Nicholas Simmons)

Ideas and thoughts collide and sort themselves out in these fruitful collisions. (Frederick Sommer)

The idea of content in art is today merely a hindrance, a nuisance, a subtle or not so subtle philistinism. (Susan Sontag)

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many. (Baruch Spinoza)

-on Charlie Kaufman...
Kaufman's ideas for movies come from the part of your psyche you avoid. (Joel Stein)

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

I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas. (Martha Stewart)

I want any idea I express in my art to be like a mental tattoo. Whether people like it or not isn't the question. (Richard Stine)

It's no accident that new ideas pop into our heads when we least expect it. In our enthusiasm to be productive, we forget to give our mind/body moments to be "receptive" - that is, open to daydreaming, open to letting our minds wander. (Linda Stone)

I've hung around in absolute exhaustion and starvation waiting for an idea to hit, which might have been months. I've talked things over with editors, found out what they wanted, and when they wanted it delivered. (Theodore Sturgeon)

Developing ideas is unnecessary. Every step one makes, there will be an entirely new land expecting him. Just make your step. (Joseph Tany)

It is already a great thing if the main ideas and general outline of a work come without any racking of brains, as the result of that supernatural and inexplicable force we call inspiration. (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

I'm a believer in the notion that artists who do good work believe in the ideas of extremes. (Wayne Thiebaud)

It's perfectly legitimate to build on the good ideas of others, particularly when you're still exploring the territory. (Sigrid Tidmore)

Ideas cross mountains, borders, and seas. They go anywhere a man can go... (The Houston Times)

Not every idea arrives full born and some take a lot of time, even years, to morph into their shape. But you have to be doing to find that out. (Mary Timme)

New ideas emerge of their own free will if they are allowed to. (David Toop)

If you run out of new ideas when you are very young, then it's a problem of talent; If you run out of new ideas when you get older, it may be that there's nothing left to say, or it may be that core ideas demand repeated attention... (David Toop)

Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever. (Leon Trotsky)

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. (Mark Twain)

Success is often just an idea away. (Frank Tyger)

I try to begin working with no preconceived ideas. (Jerry Uelsmann)

Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious. (Paul Valery)

There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs. (John Vincent)

It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which... you may find really marvellous ideas. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Mind moves matter. (Virgil)

Never exclude anything - open your eyes for the unknown and uncommon and take your camera to collect these ideas. It may be worthwhile. (Petra Voegtle)

My original small idea grows beyond the limitations of the subject. (Robert Wade)

I am getting too many ideas in the bathtub and I often forget to bring a pad. Soap bubbles just don't last! (Jerry Waese)

Use the set-up as an idea. Look for a spark, a color, or a shape for your creativity. Then let this spark direct your painting. Be free, bold and go with this energy, not a copy. If you start dark, light, bright, soft or etc., go with it, do not change, make it work. (Van Waldron)

-The Path to New Music...
The idea is distributed in space. It isn't only in one part; one part can't express the idea any longer, only the union of parts can completely express the idea. The idea found it necessary to be presented by several parts. After that, there was a rapid flowering of polyphony. (Anton Webern)

Students think they must write down the idea immediately, but I tell them if it's a good idea it'll be in your head in five minutes' time. (Judith Weir)

I start with no preconceived idea - discovery excites me to focus... (Edward Weston)

The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing. (Edith Wharton)

More than once a painting has come about by a single idea, event, or expression of insight from another person. (Patrick R. White)

Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them. (Alfred North Whitehead)

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

Idea is the hinge upon which a painting swings. Intention is discovered when idea is embodied in the medium. (Hiram Williams)

When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce. (Marianne Williamson)

Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong. (Edward O. Wilson)

Art is idea. It is not enough to draw, paint, and sculpt. An artist should be able to think. (Gurdon Woods)

To make ideas effective, we must be able to fire them off. (Virginia Woolf)

An idea is salvation by imagination. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

'Ideas' can be only in the distant background of a work of art, something like a very low horizon. In the middle distance and foreground... there shouldn't be any 'ideas' visible. (Mu Xin)

Only a new seed will yield a new crop. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

-b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
Everyone must be given something he can grasp and recognize as his own idea. (Pliny the Younger)

Form follows function; images follow ideas. (Mark Zelten)


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