Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.

Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989), Irish avant-garde writer, dramatist, poet and winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature.

If you want to develop new ideas, get yourself at the heart of the action. Think of Athens in the fifth century BC, Vienna in the 19th century, or Silicon Valley since the 1950s: ideas breed ideas.

Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist, in The Financial Times, 30 October 2010

Reuf [David Ruef, a writer on innovation] discovered that the most creative individuals consistently had broad social networks that extended outside their organization and involved people from various fields of expertise.

Steven Johnson, science writer, entrepreneur and author of the book, Where Good Ideas Come From, writing in The Financial Times, 2010

… many enlightenment era thinkers kept what they called a “commonplace” book in which to transcribe favourite quotations and ideas. Some of the books were laboriously indexed to allow different concepts to bleed into each other.

Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist, in The Financial Times, 30 October 2010