„Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.“

—  Alain

Propos sur le Religion no. 74 (1938), under the pen name Alain.
Alternate translation: “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.” IZQuotes https://izquotes.com/quote/%C3%A9mile-chartier/nothing-is-more-dangerous-than-an-idea-when-you-have-only-one-idea-390165 (retrieved 10/30/18).

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französischer Philosoph, Schriftsteller und Journalist 1868 - 1951

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„"Dangerous" does not mean exciting or bold; it means likely to cause great harm. The most dangerous idea is the only dangerous idea: The idea that ideas can be dangerous.“

—  Daniel T. Gilbert American psychologist 1957

Daniel T. Gilbert (2007) in: John Brockman. What is your dangerous idea?: today's leading thinkers on the unthinkable. Harper Perennial, 2007, p. 42

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„There is nothing more corrosive to a democracy than the idea that there is no truth.“

—  Adam Schiff American politician 1960

Open Letter to the Committee Hearing Re: FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers

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„There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

Often attributed to Hugo as a paraphrase of a similar idea in his Histore d'un Crime (1877): "One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas", the wording of this famous statement actually more closely resembles a passage from the relatively obscure Les Francs-Tireurs (1861) by Gustave Aimard, p. 68 https://books.google.com/books/about/Les_francs_tireurs.html?id=mKI4AQAAIAAJ:
Il y a quelque chose de plus puissant que la force brutale des baïonnettes: c'est l'idée dont le temps est venu et l'heure est sonnée.
There is something more powerful than the brute force of bayonets: it is the idea whose time has come and hour struck.
Translated into English as The Freebooters : A Story of the Texan War (1861) https://archive.org/details/freebootersstory00aima, p. 57, Ward & Lock edition
Misattributed
Variante: More powerful than the mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

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„It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

Letter From Thomas Jefferson to the Rev. James Madison, 19 July 1788
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„The audience will only truly respect you when they have no idea what is going on.“

—  Nélson Rodrigues Brazilian writer and playwright 1912 - 1980

"Flor de Obsessão: as 1000 melhores frases de Nelson Rodrigues" - Published by Companhia das Letras, 1992 ISBN 8571646678, 9788571646674

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„An idea is a thought. It's a thought that holds more than you think it does when you receive it. But in that first moment there is a spark.“

—  David Lynch, buch Catching the Big Fish

Ideas, p. 23
Catching the Big Fish (2006)
Kontext: An idea is a thought. It's a thought that holds more than you think it does when you receive it. But in that first moment there is a spark. In a comic strip, if someone gets an idea, a lightbulb goes on. It happens in an instant, just as in life.
It would be great if the entire film came all at once. But it comes, for me, in fragments. That first fragment is like the Rosetta stone. It's the piece of the puzzle that indicates the rest. It's a hopeful puzzle piece.
In Blue Velvet, it was red lips, green lawns, and the song — Bobby Vinton's version of "Blue Velvet". The next thing was an ear lying in a field. And that was it.
You fall in love with the first idea, that little tiny piece. And once you've got it, the rest will come in time.

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„An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

The Roycraft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams (1923)

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„An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

The Epigrams of Oscar Wilde, edited by Alvin Redman (1954)

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„No idea working alone has ever demoralized society, and there have been plenty of ideas simpler and more exciting than Relativism.“

—  Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012

"The Bugbear of Relativism," p. 89
The Culture We Deserve (1989)
Kontext: Can an idea — a notion as abstract as Relativism — produce by itself the effects alleged? cause all the harm, destroy all the lives and reputations? I am as far as anyone can be from denying the power of ideas in history, but the suggestion that a philosophy (as Relativism is often called) has perverted millions and debased daily life is on the face of it absurd. No idea working alone has ever demoralized society, and there have been plenty of ideas simpler and more exciting than Relativism.

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„Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.“

—  Julia Cameron, buch The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way (1992)
Kontext: Nothing dies harder than a bad idea. And few ideas are worse than the ones we have about art.<!-- p. xxv

„Today these ideas are more influential than they ever have been.“

—  Kenneth Rexroth American poet, writer, anarchist, academic and conscientious objector 1905 - 1982

Introduction : The Libertarian Tradition
Communalism (1974)
Kontext: People who believe in libertarian communism can be grouped roughly under three general theories, each with its old masters, theoreticians, leaders, organizations, and literature. First there are the anarchists in a rather limited variety: communist-anarchists, mutualists, anarcho-syndicalists, individual anarchists, and a few minor groups and combinations. Second, the members of intentional communities, usually but by no means always religious in inspiration. The words “communalism” and “communalist” seem to have died out and it would be good to appropriate them to this group, although the by now too confusing word “communist” actually fits them best of all. Third, there are the Left Marxists, who prior to 1918 had become a widespread movement challenging the Social Democratic Second International. It was to them the Bolsheviks appealed for support in the early days of their revolution. Lenin’s The State and Revolution is an authoritarian parody of their ideas. They in turn have called it “the greatest pre-election pamphlet ever written: ‘Elect us and we will wither away’.” Against them Lenin wrote Leftism: An Infantile Disorder. There is a story that, when the Communist International was formed, a delegate objected to the name. Referring to all these groups he said: “But there are already communists.” Lenin answered: “Nobody ever heard of them, and when we get through with them nobody ever will.” Today these ideas are more influential than they ever have been.

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