“One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.”


— Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist


*“Ideas have consequences.”


— Professor Richard M. Weaver (1910-1963), American scholar


“The one who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”


— Anonymous


“When [Satan] undertook to draw Eve away from God, he did not hit her with a stick, but with an idea. It was with an idea that God could not be trusted and that she must act on her own to secure her own well-being.”


— Dallas Willard, USC philosophy professor, Renovation of the Heart, p. 100


“Disillusionment means having no more misconceptions, false impressions, and false judgments in life; it means being free from these deceptions. Refusing to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering of human life.”


— Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), Scottish pastor and Bible teacher


“There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”


— Everett Dirksen (1896-1969), US senator


“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”


— Victor Hugo (1773-1885), French poet, novelist and writer


“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.”


— Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British Parliamentarian


“The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.”


— Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), German theologian


“The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld.”


— Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961), syndicated newspaper columnist


“If you cannot be the master of your language, you must become its slave.”


— Richard Mitchell, in “Less than words can say”, p. 180


“Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.”


— President James A. Garfield (1831-1881), lay preacher


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


– Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer


“If a thing is absolutely true, how can it not also be a lie? An absolute must contain its opposite.”


— Charlotte Painter, writer/educator


“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”


— Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-94), American judge


“We’re either going to save the world or no one will be saved.”


— Maurice Strong, Canadian businessman and internationalist


“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring about?” l


— Maurice Strong, Canadian businessman and internationalist


“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”


— Japanese Proverb