Ideas Quotes

Ideas, like ghosts, must be spoken to a little before they will explain themselves

Monday, November 7th, 2011
carved wooden face behind bars

Some mist there may have been, issuing from that leaden casket, his cranium, which, if it could have taken shape and form, would have become a genie; but it could not; and it only so far followed the example of the smoke in the Arabian story, as to roll out in a thick cloud, and there hang and hover. But it left a little figure visible upon a lonely shore, and…

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Only a heat so deeply and intelligently born can carry a new idea into the air

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
mysterious colors

The truly contemporary creative force is something that is built out of the past, but with a difference.

Most of what calls itself contemporary is built, whether it knows or not, out of a desire to be liked. It is created in imitation of what already exists and is already admired. There is, in other words, nothing new about it. To be…

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The most daunting ideas turn into the best books

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
dreamy night sky

…had assigned me to write about. The essential ingredient of authorship is authority. You hunt it out in a library, you chase it down the street, or you knit it from the fiber of your own will. From somewhere, you get it. You begin.

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