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Fashion only seems to make sense if it's rooted in some dimension of history or if it feels like a continuation of an idea.
Why should the composer be more guilty than the poet who warms to fantasy by a strange flame, making an idea that inspires him the subject of his own very different treatment?
I think if you're going to be committed to doing anything, you really have to care about it, and I suppose that is a romantic idea.
Most people are completely unaware of their breath. They violate your space, they have no idea that they have halitosis.
I will always believe in love, but my idea has changed from what I've always thought.
And just as the terrorist seeks to divide humanity in hate, so we have to unify it around an idea. And that idea is liberty.
Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you're a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African.
Let us agree here today to adopt among ourselves a simple and unwritten rule. We will not rise to criticize someone else's idea unless we are prepared to offer an alternative idea of our own.
I didn't like the idea of being foolish, but I learned pretty soon that it was essential to fail and be foolish.
Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.
The idea that science is just some luxury that you'll get around to if you can afford it is regressive to any future a country might dream for itself.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
When we were starting off as kids, just the idea of maybe going to do this as a living instead of getting what we thought was going to be a boring job, was exciting.
Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are affected more by the idea of fame than the actual work ethic involved. A lot of them just want to be reality TV-type people who don't do anything.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Edward de Bono
I started blogging a decade ago because I like blogging. Writing's a kind of lonely thing to do, and I liked the idea of demystifying the process because I loved it as a kid and teenager and as somebody who wanted desperately to write.
I use a Bruce Lee technique: 'The way of no way.' He had the idea that he would learn everything, so that whoever he had to fight, he could improvise anything. The best way of starting a gig is just to not think of anything - to clear your mind, not in an empty Zen state, but more just to go on and see where you go.
Stand up is really fun because if I think of a joke or a funny idea, then I can just go and tell some people and if they laugh, they laugh right away.
If you take a look at history, you will find that the understanding of what is good and evil has always existed before the individual religions. The religions were only invented by people afterwards, in order to express this idea.
I had started to feel that somewhere in the second half of the 20th century, the idea of page-turning as a good thing had been lost. You were getting books that were the equivalent of absolutely beautifully prepared dishes of food that didn't taste like anything much.
To live for a principle, for the triumph of some reform by which all mankind are to be lifted up to be wedded to an idea may be, after all, the holiest and happiest of marriages.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
Under Reagan came the idea of putting your pension plan in the stock market, which wasn't a guaranteed pension.
Our culture is just a series of checks and balances. The whole idea that we're in a battle between tyranny and freedom - it's a series of pendulum swings.
Somehow, the French got this idea of the starving artist. Very romantic, except it's not so romantic for the starving artist.
My dear wife has, I would say, probably never opened a religious book, and seems to be one of those people to whom the whole idea is utterly remote and absurd.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
C. S. Lewis
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