suggest itself to

suggest itself to someone

[for an idea] to seem to present itself to someone. A new scheme suggested itself to Alice as she looked at the records of the last attempt. As you read this, does anything suggest itself to you?
See also: itself, suggest
References in classic literature ?
The third and most incomprehensible thing is that people studying history deliberately avoid seeing that this flank march cannot be attributed to any one man, that no one ever foresaw it, and that in reality, like the retreat from Fili, it did not suggest itself to anyone in its entirety, but resulted- moment by moment, step by step, event by event- from an endless number of most diverse circumstances and was only seen in its entirety when it had been accomplished and belonged to the past.
It did not suggest itself to him to mention whether he thought the name pretty.
Sorry to destroy romance by fixing him with a local habitation, but he comes from the place, the name of which escapes me, but will suggest itself to everybody else here, where they make the wine.
Fortunately the idea did not suggest itself to the Indians.
SIMPLE as it may seem when once thought out, the common method of indexing maps by a conventional system of co-ordinates defining the positions of places upon them did not, it seems, suggest itself to geographers until some time after the printing of maps had come into vogue.
But in the cold light of day one option does suggest itself to be the most favourable and that involves the expansion of existing facilities, whether these are at Coventry or Birmingham.