„having too many ideas is not always a good thing.“

—  Paul Arden

Quelle: Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite

Letzte Aktualisierung 22. Mai 2020. Geschichte
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1940 - 2008

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„Too many words dilute and blur ideas.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

Letter to Mrs. Blumberg (27 September 1977)
Kontext: Wordiness is a sickness of American writing. Too many words dilute and blur ideas.

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„If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.“

—  Linus Pauling American scientist 1901 - 1994

As quoted by Francis Crick in his presentation "The Impact of Linus Pauling on Molecular Biology" http://oregonstate.edu/dept/Special_Collections/subpages/ahp/1995symposium/crick.html (1995).
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„The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad.“

—  R. A. Lafferty, buch Fourth Mansions

Quelle: Fourth Mansions (1969), Ch. 4
Kontext: "There was a later time when sincere men tried to build an organization as wide as the world to secure the peace of the world. It had been tried before and it had failed before. Perhaps if it failed this time it would not be tried again for a very long while. The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad. The final realization of it was so close that it could be touched with the fingertips. A gambler wouldn't have given odds on it either way. It teetered, and it almost seemed as though it would succeed. Then members of that group interfered."
"And it failed, O'Claire?"
"No. It succeeded, Foley, as in the other case. It succeeded in so twisted a fashion that the Devil himself was puzzled as to whether he had gained or lost ground by it. And he isn't easily puzzled."

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„There's no correlation between expressing an idea assertively or charismatically, and having a good idea.“

—  Susan Cain self-help writer 1968

Guerrero, Aaron (interviewer), "Introvert Susan Cain Explains Why Shy People Thrive at Work," U.S. News and World Report, October 3, 2013

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„The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.“

—  Ray Bradbury, buch The October Country

The Next in Line (1947)
Quelle: The October Country (1955)
Kontext: “Don’t these people ever get lonely?”
“They’re used to it this way.”
“Don’t they get afraid, then?”
”They have a religion for that.”
“I wish I had a religion.”
“The minute you get a religion you stop thinking,” he said. “Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.”

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„Now, where did we ever get the idea that there is such a thing as 'good government?'“

—  Robert LeFevre American libertarian businessman 1911 - 1986

That is a contradiction in terms as ridiculous as 'constructive rape.'

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Good Government: Hope or Illusion? (1978)

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