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"You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea." - Pablo Picasso

"Vague goals produce vague results" - Jack Canfield

"When I have an idea, it goes from vague, cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat." - Lynn Abbey

"For the novels I wrote before selling anything, I didn't outline much. I had a vague idea of the story." - George Stephen

"Love is hurt with jar and fret; Love is made a vague regret." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"The idea occurred to him when he was twenty. At first it was only a vague idea, a question looming - what should I do? - with an answer taking shape: nothing." - Georges Perec

"The vague torment of ... ambition." - Emile Zola

"In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel." - Mark Twain

"I have a number of vague ideas where I just have the core or kernel of the idea. I feel like I need some time for my mind to fill up again. I feel empty. Right now." - Alan Lightman

"Most creatures have a vague belief that a very precarious hazard, a kind of transparent membrane, divides death from love; and that the profound idea of nature demands that the giver of life should die at the moment of giving." - Maurice Maeterlinck

"A tent, a roll mat, a little bit of food, a bit of petrol in your tank and a vague idea of where you're going and that's all you need." - Ewan Mcgregor

"There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, they are persons, they are not some vague idea in the clouds. This God spray does not exist! The three persons exist!" - Pope Francis

"I am not a great planner, so I have just a vague idea. And then I start to find out what kind of book I actually want to write." - Herman Koch

"My own interest in Yoga came from a vague understanding of Indian thought and Indian philosophy in the late sixties and early seventies and from looking at the idea of meditation and at what meditation was." - Paul Harvey

"It's absolutely of no importance who or what V was under the mask. He isn't a who or a what, he's an idea. The thing is, you couldn't continue it. Now and then the idea of a sequel has been raised, in vague forms, but I think it would be a bad idea. The story's finished." - David Lloyd

"The idea of freedom is quite in accord with a general, though vague, sentiment among us; it is an idea of fair play, of giving everyone a chance; and nothing arouses more general and active indignation among our people than the belief that some one or some class is not getting a fair chance." - Charles Horton Cooley

"A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend" - Joss Whedon

"Passion is born of vague hopes." - Charles Handy

"I am amiable. Vague. Puzzled. Messy-haired." - Neil Gaiman

"Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Leia follows me like a vague smell." - Carrie Fisher

"You can't love by desiring an extremely vague desire of a very vague moon." - Leonard Woolf

"You can't plan your character arc - you have a vague idea, maybe, but I'm constantly surprised. Sometimes actors in films will play the ending of the movie, or even the middle, and you know where it's going - as an audience member you can read the actor." - Evan Peters

"Skewer is just too vague. I think if you say, 'Stand back or I'll stab him in the stomach,' then I have an idea about how serious you are. After all, Leif's stomach is his favorite body part so that's a decent threat." - Maria V. Snyder

"I do not like to talk about the future. I don't like to be one of those people. It's so easy to have a very vague idea and say, oh, computers will be 3D-ish and then 10 years later I'll say I predicted it 10 years ahead. I don't think that's honest and I don't think that's valid and worth anything." - Steve Wozniak

"But what's your ultimate goal, you'll say. That goal will become clearer, will take shape slowly and surely, as the croquis becomes a sketch and the sketch a painting, as one works more seriously, as one digs deeper into the originally vague idea, the first fugitive, passing thought, unless it becomes firm." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Under chattel slavery and feudalism, exploitation was concrete and personalized in the producer's relationship with his master. The slave and peasant knew exactly who was screwing them. The modern worker, on the other hand, feels a pounding sensation, but has only a vague idea where it is coming from." - Kevin Carson

"I don't work with an outline, except a vague one in my head, a general idea of character, place, arc... I'm like a composer with a symphony in their head: I can hear the music, I just have to figure out how to put it down on paper. But I don't always know where my stories are going when I begin." - Said Sayrafiezadeh

"There's a certain power in vague language, but I started to get more into the idea of really trying to have a discrete thought in the lyrics and to have songs that were about stuff - to try to make things more coherent." - David Longstreth

"There is something liberating about just having what you need, on your bike... A tent, a roll mat, a little bit of food, a bit of petrol in your tank and a vague idea of where you're going and that's all you need." - Ewan Mcgregor

"In view of my previous weariness of office, and vague thoughts of resignation, my fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Skewer is just too vague. I think if you say, "Stand back or I"ll stab him in the stomach," then I have an idea about how serious you are. After all, Leif's stomach is his favorite body part so that's a decent threat." - Maria V. Snyder

"What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright...Haven't you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you've had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?" - Gustave Flaubert

". . . Moon-Watcher felt the first faint twinges of a new and potent emotion. It was a vague and diffuse sense of envy-of dissatisfaction with his life. He had no idea of its cause, still less of its cure; but discontent had come into his soul, and he had taken one small step toward humanity." - Arthur C Clarke

"I had a vague idea of the song's impact in the '60s, but that was tempered by the hate mail and threats I was receiving. It was only about ten years ago, when I finally put it back in my show because so many people were asking for it, that I understood 'Society's Child' real impact." - Janis Ian

"As I got farther and farther along in the series I did less and less preparation. I didn't use outlines or sketches. I just had a vague idea of what I wanted to tell and then the dialogue just came to me as I was inking the page." - Jhonen Vasquez

"When I make a movie, I have both a specific and vague, amorphous dream idea of what the movie is going to be. Of course, I don't actually know what it's going to be, but I'm still striving to get to some place with it." - Noah Baumbach

"I grew up in Alice, Texas, a small oil town with one theater that only showed Roy Rogers movies. So when I got the role, I had never even seen a Bond film and had only had a vague notion about the idea of a Bond girl." - Lois Chiles

"And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified." - Christo

"I get a very vague idea and - perhaps because I once was a journalist, or perhaps because that's what made me want to be a journalist - I go off and explore it for a bit, rather than mapping out a plot and then filling in the research." - Aminatta Forna

"When I sit down to write a song, it's a kind of improvisation, but I formalize it a bit to get it into the studio, and when I step up to a microphone, I have a vague idea of what I'm about to do." - Paul Mccartney

"As the idea imparted by the term Cataclysm, Catastrophe, or Revolution, is extremely vague, and may comprehend any thing you choose to imagine, it answers for the time very well as an explanation; that is, it stops further inquiry. But it also has had the disadvantage of effectually stopping the advance of science, by involving it in obscurity and confusion." - George Julius Poulett Scrope

"I don't suppose you do know precisely what you are after. I don't think in the creative process anyone quite knows. They have a vague idea - a beckoning, an inkling of some truth - it is only in the process that it comes to any clarity." - Lawren Harris

"The biggest road block to action on genocide and other human rights crimes is ignorance. Most people just don't know that such things are happening, and often, if they have a vague idea they are happening, there is a feeling that there is nothing that can be done to stop these crimes." - John Prendergast

"The negotiation of city space has been made more difficult with the idea that redevelopment is an improvement for some vague future - but it's never like that, is it? Once you get there, for economic reasons you have to generate the next project - so you're immediately starting to dig up something else, and so it goes on." - Iain Sinclair

"So I was in America and I thought I'll stick around while I'm here and just see what happens. The next film I did was High Art, so I guess it started with a sort of vague idea but really just a fantasy." - Radha Mitchell

"I tend to start with a kernel, a vague concept, and just begin to write things down - notes about a character, lines of dialogue, descriptive passages about a place. One idea fires another. I do that for about a year. By then there's a story, and I'll go on to a complete first draft that sews many of those ragtag pieces together." - Scott Turow

"Many have a vague idea that they must make some wonderful effort in order to gain the favor of God. But all self-dependence is vain. It is only by connecting with Jesus through faith that the sinner becomes a hopeful, believing child of God." - Ellen G White

"Money is just an idea." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Sanctions are a bad idea." - Mohamed Elbaradei

"Everything begins with an idea." - Earl Nightingale

"I preferred that my bad dreams be vague." - Walter Kirn

"That sometimes clear ... and sometimes vague stuff ... which is ... mathematics." - Imre Lakatos

"Most of the songs that I appreciate are lyrically vague." - Andrew Bird

"It is better to be wrong than to be vague." - Freeman Dyson

"Vague memories hang about the mind like cobwebs." - George Eliot

"Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"One must confront vague ideas with clear images," - Jean-Luc Godard

"I have vague memories, like impressions on glass plates ..." - Patti Smith

"I was just stock in the middle, vague and undefined." - Sarah Dessen

"CLIXBY (adj.) Politely rude. Briskly vague. Firmly uninformative." - Douglas Adams

"That vague kind of penitence which holidays awaken next morning." - Charles Dickens

"If you can't be kind, at least be vague." - Judith Martin

"For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver." - George Ade

"I like to keep my private stuff pretty vague." - Thomas Haden Church

"Recipes can be incredibly vague where chillies are concerned." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"After giving a student the basic mating patterns and strategies you must begin giving them advanced concepts. At first these ideas will not make sense, many players will have a vague idea of what you are talking about but nothing more. Even a fragmented understanding of these concepts will prove useful though, and eventually they will improve as these lessons are assimilated by repetition and example." - Jeremy Silman

"Gel'fand amazed me by talking of mathematics as though it were poetry. He once said about a long paper bristling with formulas that it contained the vague beginnings of an idea which could only hint at and which he had never managed to bring out more clearly. I had always thought of mathematics as being much more straightforward: a formula is a formula, and an algebra is an algebra, but Gel'fand found hedgehogs lurking in the rows of his spectral sequences!" - Dusa McDuff

"Certainly the Old Testament does not teach us that there is another life, and upon that question even the New is obscure and vague. The hunger of the heart finds only a few small and scattered crumbs. There is nothing definite, solid, and satisfying. United with the idea of immortality we find the absurdity of the resurrection. A prophecy that depends for its fulfillment upon an impossibility, cannot satisfy the brain or heart." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"We know only that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are, those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty." - Teresa of Avila

"With the rise of capitalism, it became more obvious that people pursue individual self-interest. The great nationalist in Italy, Giuseppe Mazzini, a wonderful philosopher, said that we need the nation. We need something that people can lean on, from which they can then reach out to the whole world. The idea of all humanity is too vague. It can't motivate human aspiration in a reliable way." - Martha C. Nussbaum

"I do think that the idea of writer's block can be very self-defeating for most writers because it's taking a lot of things that are not only real problems, but that are manageable, solvable problems if you look at them in an individual fashion, and lumping them under the umbrella of something mysterious and vague, which makes it very, very difficult to address what's going on." - Emily Barton

"She envied Ralph his dying, for if one were thinking of rest that was the most perfect of all. To cease utterly, to give it all up and not know anything more - this idea was as sweet as a vision of a cool bath in a marble tank, in a darkened chamber, in a hot land. ... but Isabel recognized, as it passed before her eyes, the quick vague shadow of a long future. She should never escape; she should last to the end." - Henry James

"As a writer myself, my job has very often been to also write on the job. So you get the script and a vague idea of how the scene might work, and you then add funny words or change the script. I'm not the world's best writer or the world's best actor, but I can do that thing where I can fix - or ruin - fix-slash-ruin, add quirk, add value." - Sally Phillips

"An idea is a feat of association." - Robert Frost

"Salad is roughage and a French idea." - M F K Fisher

"What you need is an idea." - Bill Lear

"habit is our idea of eternity." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Globalization is the next big artworld idea" - Noel Carroll

"Home is a complex and resonant idea." - Gregory Allen Howard

"Experiments are mediators between nature and idea." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I have no idea what happens next" - Jeanette Winterson

"Every idea must have a visible enfolding." - Victor Hugo

"Lifelong monogamy is a maniacal idea." - Germaine Greer

"Fear loves the idea of danger." - Joseph Joubert

"The idea comes before the logical argument." - Gerald Abrahams

"My idea is always to avoid nostalgia." - Miuccia Prada

"The idea of excessive diversification is madness." - Charlie Munger

"The best idea is the simplest." - David Ogilvy

"Success is often just an idea away." - Frank Tyger

"A great idea is not enough." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"A thought is an idea in transit." - Pythagoras

"Spreading an idea is hard work." - Geoff Mulgan

"I do love the idea of ritual." - Sarah Silverman

"Suffering is part of the divine idea." - Henry Ward Beecher

"An idea is salvation by imagination." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"I'm kind of an idea guy." - Jeff Bridges

"Money is really just an idea." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Good Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Easter. Bad Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Xmas." - Jack Handey

"New York was an idea, I thought, an idea held simultaneously by thirteen million people." - Nancy Pickard

"Even a bad idea executed is better than a good idea undone." - Paul Arden

"An idea upon which attention is peculiarly concentrated is an idea which tends to realize itself." - Charles Baudouin

"Companies over-emphasize idea generation and under-emphasize idea execution when it comes to innovation." - Vijay Govindarajan

"The idea of God grew side by side with the idea of materialism." - Swami Vivekananda

"Doing well is a conservative idea; meaning well is a liberal idea" - Dennis Prager

"The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God." - Stendhal

"It first appeared like a crazy idea. It turned out he had a great idea." - J. Richard Munro

"He who has a mistaken idea of life, will always have a mistaken idea of death." - Leo Tolstoy

"Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea." - Robert Breault

"An average idea enthusiastically embraced will go farther than a genius idea no one gets." - Jay Samit

"Adapt your techniques to an idea, not an idea to your techniques." - William Bernbach

"I would photograph an idea rather than an object, a dream rather than an idea." - Man Ray

"Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea." - Robert Brault

"The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds." - Mark Twain

"Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea." - Robert Half

"My idea of professionalism is probably a lot of people's idea of obsessive." - David Fincher

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

"The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself." - Bernard Baruch

"Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love." - Hector Berlioz

"The idea that cinema can be dangerous is a great idea." - Michael Moore

"If I'm hesitant at all about an idea, then that's not the right idea." - M Night Shyamalan

"Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love." - Albert Camus

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all." - Elbert Hubbard

"The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all." - Elbert Hubbard

"Obviously the idea of being human is a very human idea." - Dominic Monaghan

"Sometimes even hearing a bad idea is a great way to get to a good idea." - Charlie Day

"The current state of knowledge remains vague when history is not considered, just as history remains vague without substantive knowledge about the current state." - Ludwik Fleck

"Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at. Perhaps that is why we are so subtly influenced by it. There are vague memories in our souls of those misty centuries when the world was in its childhood.' That's a rather broad idea,' I remarked. One's ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature,' he answered." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Introducing a technology is not a neutral act-it is profoundly revolutionary. If you present a new technology to the world you are effectively legislating a change in the way we all live. You are changing society, not some vague democratic process. The individuals who are driven to use that technology by the disparities of wealth and power it creates do not have a real choice in the matter. So the idea that we are giving people more freedom by developing technologies and then simply making them available is a dangerous illusion." - Karl Schroeder

"I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it - keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought." - Vincent Van Gogh

"The process by which the idea for a play comes to me has always been something I really couldn't pinpoint. A play just seems to materialize; like an apparition, it gets clearer and clearer and clearer. It's very vague at first, as in the case of Streetcar, which came after Menagerie. I simply had the vision of a woman in her late youth. She was sitting in a chair all alone by a window with the moonlight streaming in on her desolate face, and she'd been stood up by the man she planned to marry." - Tennessee Williams

"Sometimes I will give some very vague directions to the designer that I'm working with on a particular project and they'll come back and surprise me with something that really shows a lot of their own 'hand' in it. Other times I'll have a really clear idea about how I want it done and I'll draw it out pretty precisely and say 'make it look exactly like this' and it will be something where it looks like I can say it was 'fully my design'. The work can also range between the two." - Michael Bierut

"What usually happens is that when I'm nearing the end of one novel a vague idea about what I want to do next begins to present itself to me in terms of theme. And I would say over about the next six to eight months, usually as I'm out power walking in the morning, or when I'm cooking at night, or when I'm driving in the car, the people who might embody those themes take on a sharper and sharper focus. And there comes this sort of critical mass moment when they actually start to do things in my head." - Anna Quindlen

"I feel that we have, as Mexicans, two things: one, a natural distrust of institutions. I hate organised religion, I hate organised politics, I hate the idea of the military and the police. Because we grew up distrusting all these sacred institutions, the only thing you have left is a vague, national sense of impending doom. Why do we drink and how are we so merry? Because we know that pretty soon, our time's up. There is a sense of fatality that makes us pretty chirpy people. You try to live. The only reason that dying is important is that it gives life sense." - Guillermo Del Toro

"Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The only difference between the failure of a great idea and the success of a medocre idea was the way in which the idea was communicated." - Nancy Duarte

"Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music without the idea is simply music; the idea without the music is prose from its very definitiveness." - Edgar Allan Poe

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." - Edward De Bono

"Every suggested idea produces a corresponding physical reaction. Every idea constantly repeated ends by being engraved upon the brain, provoking the act which corresponds to that idea." - Scott Reed

"Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining." - Annie Besant

"As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities." - Charles Darwin

"Nature's never quite Sure she hasn't erred In her vague design...." - Robert Frost

"Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar." - Johnny Depp

"Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one." - C S Lewis

"Conformity-the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority." - Mark Twain

"I dream of vague shapes that hint of my heart's desire." - Mason Cooley

"Consensus is usually made possible by vague language and shallow commitments." - Mason Cooley

"Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end." - Khalil Gibran

"Another thing I must point out is that you cannot prove a vague theory wrong." - Richard P Feynman

"Nobody will ever hurt her. She'll just smile her faint vague wonderful smile and walk away." - Neil Gaiman



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