Friday, January 27, 2012

Wants to Use Heinz Quote

Dear Rich: There is a very well-known quote by someone named Heinz von Bergen (often found online as "Heinz V. Bergen"), which reads as follows:"Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered." I have searched far and wide on the Internet for some source that would clarify if this quote is in the public domain, and/or information on Heinz von Bergen himself. We don't mean to offend, but this quote sure sounds like the kind of thing Steve Carrell might spout on an episode of The Office.  Anyway, does information (which is a collection of facts) actually grow? (It seems to us that information exists and we discover or categorize it.)
Right, you had a question. Regardless of whether you can find any information on the originator of this quote --  and our hard working staff couldn't find much on Heinrich von Bergen, Heinz von Bergen, Heinrich v. Bergen, or Heinz v. Bergen -- you can use any short quote freely. As we've noted in the past (type "short phrase" or "quotes" into the Search Dear Rich Box, right) copyright doesn't protect short phrases.
PS Dept. If you're looking for "idea" quotes, what about this one as an alternative -- "A half-baked idea is okay as long as it's in the oven."