The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.
Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas.
We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them.
Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood.
It is inadmissible that systems of ideas like religions, which have held so considerable a place in history, and to which, in all times, men have come to receive the energy which they must have to live, should be made up of a tissue of illusions.