An idea that is
developed and put into action is more important
than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta,
founder of Buddhism, c500 B.C.
The value of an idea
lies in the using of it.
If you can dream it,
you can do it.
Dream different dreams
while on the same bed.
Live out your imagination,
not your history
George S. Patton
Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.
We must become the change
we wish to see in the world.
A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.
You must act as if
it is impossible to fail.
The person who says it cannot be done
should not interrupt the person doing it.
I like nonsense,
it wakes up the brain cells.
New ideas pass through three periods:
1. It can't be done.
2. It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
3. I knew it was a good idea all along!
Arthur C. Clarke
First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.
I can't understand
why people are frightened of new ideas.
I'm frightened of the old ones.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Vision without action is a daydream.
Action without vision is a nightmare.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
If at first, the idea is not absurd,
there is no hope for it.
The best way to have a good idea
is to have lots of ideas.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist
once he grows up.
Draw, Draw, Draw.
Frank Thomas, Disney Animator
Add legs to the snake
when you have finished drawing it.
All difficult things
have their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
Great souls have will,
feeble ones have wishes.
You see things, you say 'Why?'
But I dream things that never are, and say 'Why not?
George Bernard Shaw
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing
as everyone else and thinking something different.
Albert Szent Gyorgi
Every truth in this world
has an opposite somewhere.
The reverse side
also has a reverse side.
If you're not failing every now and again,
it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year.
The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
If it doesn't work, do something else.
No idea is too crazy.
Ideas are like rabbits.
You get a couple and learn how to handle them,
and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Lack of money is no obstacle.
Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
A person with a new idea is a crank
until the idea succeeds.
Life is so short,
we must move very slowly.
There is more to life
than increasing its speed.
There is a better way,
Dig a well
before you are thirsty.
It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it.
An inventor is simply a fellow
who doesn't take his education too seriously.
The best way to predict the future
is to invent it.
Imagination is more important
Imagination is the beginning of creation:
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine
and at last, you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw
You cannot depend on your eyes
when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Don't confuse the art of the possible
with the art of the profitable.
If you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
The more you know,
the less you understand.
You may be disappointed if you fail,
but doomed if you do not try.
The most successful people are those
who are good at Plan B.
Great ideas often receive
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
A bamboo that bends is stronger
than the oak that resists.
If you have an apple and I have an apple
and we exchange these apples
then you and I will still each have one apple.
But if you have an idea and I have an idea
and we exchange these ideas,
then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw
When eating fruit,
think of the person who planted the tree
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea,
when it is the only idea we have.
Ask youself constantly.
‘What is the right thing to do?’
A great person is one
who has not lost the heart of a child.
There is nothing more powerful
than an idea whose time has come.
Change your thoughts
and you change your world.
All that we are
is the result of what we have thought.
The beginning of wisdom
is to call things by their right names.
I dreamt of a thousand new paths.
I woke and walked my old one.
There are many paths to enlightenment.
Be sure to take the one with a heart.
They always say time changes things,
But you actually have to change them yourself.
No wind, no waves.
Do not wait for leaders.
Do it alone, person to person.
compiled for your delight
by Dave Lim
dave @ StarTBucks.com
to celebrate TED Global 2009.