Why is it that, as we grow older, we are so reluctant to change? It is not so much that new ideas are painful, for they are not. It is that old ideas are seldom entirely false, but have truth, great truth in them. The justification for conservatism is the desire to preserve the truths and standards of the past; its dangers, of which we are seldom aware, is that in preserving those values, we may miss the infinitely greater riches that lie in the future.
Dale E. Turner quotes
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Abraham Lincoln quotes
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo quotes
The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
Chinese Proverb quotes
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Henry Ward Beecher quotes
The best ideas are common property.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller quotes
Ideas are the mightiest influence on earth. One great thought breathed into a man may regenerate him.
William Ellery Channing quotes
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
John Steinbeck quotes
Music and dancing (the more the pity) have become so closely associated with ideas of riot and debauchery among the less cultivated classes, that a taste for them, for their own sakes, can hardly be said to exist, and before they can be recommended as innocent or safe amusements, a very great change of ideas must take place.
John Herschel quotes