Writing generates ideas

Writing doesn't just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you're bad at writing and don't like to do it, you'll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated. Paul Graham – English-born American computer scientist, entrepreneur and author (b. 1964), in his text "Writing, Briefly" (March, 2005), Quotations book 2024


People think focus means saying "yes" to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying "no" to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying "no" to 1,000 things. Steve Jobs - American company founder: Apple (1955-2011), at...


Everyone has an idea but it's really about executing the idea and building the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea. Jack Dorsey – American entrepreneur and philanthropist, co-founder of "Twitter" (since 2023 "X") (b. 1979), in an interview mit "CBS News" (May 6th, 2012), Quotations book 2023


I paid no attention to the territorial boundaries of academic disciplines and I just grabbed all the big ideas that I could. Charlie Munger - Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (1924-2023), Quotations book 2022

Big ideas

We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient. Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), from an interview with the "Washington Post" (September 3rd, 2013), Quotations book 2021


But at the heart of his personality was the boldness of his ideas. Zalman didn’t do little things. Zalman was here to change the world. Roger Hertog – American businessman, financier, and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company (b. 1941), in his obituary on Zalman Chaim Bernstein (born Sanford Bernstein, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C....

Test, test, test

If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness. Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)


Big results require big ideas. Mike Clum American entrepreneur (b. 1993)


Innovation happens at the intersections. Emilie Wapnick - Canadian career coach and author (b. 1984), in a post at "" (October 6th, 2010)

Escaping the old

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones. John Maynard Keynes - British economist and investor (1883-1946), from "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money" (1936), Quotations book 2020


Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. Guy Kawasaki - American company founder, venture capitalist, author and marketing evangelist (b. 1954), in "The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything" (2004)

Learning from Keynes

Keynes identified my problem: "The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas but in escaping from the old ones." Warren Buffett - American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1983)


Sometimes it’s good to have a screw loose, it gives your ideas more free play. Prof. Dr. Achim Kampker - German engineer and company founder: StreetScooter GmbH (b. 1975)

Realize ideas

Ideas are worthless until you get them out of your head to see what they can do. Tanner Christensen – American product designer, author, artist and entrepreneur ("Creative Something")


Inspiration is contagious. Ryan Boutin - Canadian entrepreneur and marketer, CEO Zeal Media Inc. (b. 1976)


I check every offer. It could be the offer of my life. attributed to Henry Ford - American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2018

Go ahead and do it

If it"s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. Grace B. M. Hopper - American compoter pioneer, member of the US Navy (1906-1992), Quotations book 2017

New ideas

I can"t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I"m frightened of the old ones. John Cage - American composer, musical theorist and writer (1912-1992), from an interview with Richard Kostelanetz, published in "Conversing with Cage" (1988), Quotations book 2017


Ideas attract even more ideas! Dr. René Siegl - Austrian manager (b. 1959), Quotations book 2017


Treat conflicts always as a clash of ideas, not of people. Prof. Robert Kegan - American developmental psychologist and author (b. 1946), Quotations book 2016