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October 17, 2013

13 Quotes About Ideas


I’m about to start plotting a new book and my mind is spinning with ideas. Ideas are the inspiration for my 13 this week.

Thirteen Quotes About Ideas

1. The best ideas come to me when I polish shoes early in the morning. ~ Johannes Brahms

2. Why is it I get my best ideas in the morning while I’m shaving? ~ Albert Einstein

3. Two ideas are always needed: one to kill the other. ~ Georges Braque

4. No man can describe how an idea comes to him. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

5. Ideas come from space. ~ Thomas Edison

6. There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. ~ George Orwell

7. Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen of them. ~ John Steinbeck

8. I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. ~ John Cage

9. Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. ~ Howard Aiken

10. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. ~ Oscar Wilde

11. It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. ~ Aristotle

12. If the idea is not at first absurd, then there is no hope for it. ~ Albert Einstein

13. Queen Victoria was like a great paperweight that for half a century sat upon men’s minds, and when she was removed their ideas began to blow about the place quite haphazardly. ~ H.G. Wells

I get my best ideas when I’m walking our dog or while having a shower. I have particularly brilliant ideas while showering.

Where do you get your best ideas?

Source: Advanced Banter, The QI Book of Quotations by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson


  1. sandy

    Your pictures on this blog are so delightful. I find ideas fly in when I am so relaxed and happy only

  2. Jennifer Leeland

    I get mine in the shower too!
    I love these quotes.

  3. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes

    I became interested in the word idea and how it relates to ideal. I get mine (hopefully) whenever and where ever I have some time alone to think.

  4. Kimberly Menozzi

    I wish I could predict where/when my best ideas would come – then I could do whatever it is more often! Alas, that’s not the case for me. :(

  5. Mary Quast

    Great list! I get my best ideas while driving. I take care of my mom once a week and it’s a 45 min drive one way. I think I’ll start carrying a recorder with me. LOL Be sure to check out my TT today and enter 2 contests! http://maryquast.blogspot.com/

  6. Heather

    Great quotes, Shelley. I always liked what Agatha Christie said about planning books while doing the dishes. Walking or cleaning helps clear the mind and allows ideas to flow more freely.

  7. Alice Audrey

    Ideas are easy. It’s execution that’s hard.

  8. Maria Zannini

    Apparently I need to shave more.

    Any mindless chore helps the old noggin. Weeding, raking, washing dishes–driving too, but that can be dangerous in traffic. I have to shoo away ideas until I get on the back roads.

  9. CountryDew

    I get my best ideas while in the shower, immediately upon waking, or when walking in the woods. And when I am folding clothes, for some reason.

  10. Stephanie Sullivan

    Polishing shoes … hmmm … that’s a new one. Maybe I should try that because my idea bank is totally bankrupt right now and I could use the help. :)

  11. Hazel

    Oscar Wilde’s idea of an idea sounds exciting.