„Hayek was in many respects a philosophical idealist, in that he believed that ideas rule the world. It was the idea of constructivism, he thought, that has such destructive consequences. If he could combat this idea, then much good would result.“

Hayek's Journey: The Mind of Friedrich Hayek (2003)

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American political scientist, educator and author 1959

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„[asked what he thought of modern civilization] That would be a good idea.“

—  Mahatma Gandhi pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948

variant: "I think it would be a good idea" when asked what he thought of Western civilization.
On p. 75 of Ralph Keyes' book The Quote Verifier (2006), Keyes writes: 'During his first visit to England, when asked what he though of modern civilization, Gandhi is said to have told news reporters, "That would be a good idea." The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations cites E. F. Schumacher's Good Work as its source for this Gandhiism, as does Nigel Rees in the Cassell Companion to Quotations. In that 1979 book, Schumacher said he saw Gandhi make this remark in a filmed record of his quizzing by reporters as he disembarked in Southampton while visiting England in 1930. Gandhi did not visit England in 1930. He did attend a roundtable conference on India's future in London the following year. Standard biographies of Gandhi do not report his making any such quip as he disembarked. Most often it has been revised to be Gandhi's assessment of "Western" civilization: "I think it would be a good idea." A retort such as this seems a little flip for Gandhi, and must be regarded as questionable. A comprehensive collection of his observations includes no such remark among twelve entries for "Civilization."'
The quote was attributed to Gandhi in various sources prior to Schumacher's 1979 book mentioned by Keyes above, though none have been found that mention where and when he gave this answer. The earliest located on google books being Reader's Digest, Volume 91 from 1967, p. 52, where it is attributed to a CBS News Special called "The Italians", described here http://www.larchmontgazette.com/news/bernard-birnbaum-cbs-award-winning-producer-dead-at-89/ as "a 1966 look at the nation and its people based on the book by Luigi Barzini", produced by Bernard Birnbaum and one of the 1966/1967 Emmy award winners http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0151531.html. A discussion of the quote on "The Quote Investigator" website here http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/04/23/good-idea/ mentions that on "The Italians" the quote was attributed to Gandhi.
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„Ideas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.“

—  Steve Allen American comedian, actor, musician and writer 1921 - 2000

More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, & Morality (1993)

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„The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, buch Der Idiot

...князь утверждает, что мир спасет красота! А я утверждаю, что у него оттого такие игривые мысли, что он теперь влюблен.
The Idiot (1868–9)

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„The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.“

—  William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980

Mike Wallace interview (4 November 1958), quoted in The Great Quotations (1966) by George Seldes
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„There is only one purpose in hand-to-hand combat, and that is to kill. Never face an enemy with the idea of knocking him out. The chances are extremely good that he will kill you.“

—  William Powell (author), buch The Anarchist Cookbook

Quelle: The Anarchist Cookbook (1971), Chapter Three: "Natural, Nonlethal, and Lethal Weapons", p. 79.

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„I was astonished at how well he played live. I had no idea he was that good.“

—  John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977

Eric Clapton, on seeing Mayer perform at the Crossroads Music Festival in 2004. (2005) ( From Cleaveland.com http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/friday/1128072649185000.xml&coll=2)

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„Anyone who thinks he has a better idea of what's good for people than people do is a swine.“

—  P. J. O'Rourke American journalist 1947

All the Trouble in the World (1994)

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„That HBO student has some good ideas, but he doesn't seem reliable. I think what he needs is to get laid to become a man.“

—  Johan Derksen football player 1949

On VVD politician Mark Rutte, Nieuwe Revue (2007-09-03)
Original: (nl) Die hbs-scholier die we hebben heeft goede ideeën, maar komt niet geloofwaardig over. Ik denk dat er eerst een wijf overheen moet voor hij volwassen wordt.

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„What rules the world is idea, because ideas define the way reality is perceived.“

—  Irving Kristol American columnist, journalist, and writer 1920 - 2009

Wall Street Journal, September 11, 1975.
1970s

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