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suggest itself to (one)

Of an idea, to come into one's mind seemingly out of nowhere. A plan to take over the company suggested itself to Samantha. An exciting new idea suggested itself to me while I was listening to the speaker give his presentation.
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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?
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References in classic literature ?
The idea of the story had suggested itself to him, we are told, before he had finished its immediate forerunner, "The Last of the Mohicans." He chose entirely new scenes for it, "resolved to cross the Mississippi and wander over the desolate wastes of the remote Western prairies." He had been taking every chance that came of making a personal acquaintance with the Indian chiefs of the western tribes who were to be encountered about this period on their way in the frequent Indian embassies to Washington.
It suggested itself to him that women were often very emphatic in their expressions.
A defeat of the army had suggested itself to him as a means of escape from the consequences of his fall.
The confession stated: "About a month previous to the murder the thought suggested itself to my mind that I would rob his (Wraith's) house, having frequently conversed with the servant girl about the money he was possessed of.
Another question which suggested itself to many who heard their half-terrible, halfgrotesque war whoop for the first time is by what queer anomaly such burly fellows should come to have such high-pitched voices.
A metaphorical reading no doubt suggested itself to some--especially those concerned about privatization and the increasing spectacularization of art.
With a shuffle of loyalty that would have suggested itself to few others, Guinle opened his address book and scanned the names until his eyes happened upon Jayne Mansfield, then the blonde on the rise.
In Roman Catholics and Shi'i Muslims, which provides a comprehensive review of the similarities between Catholicism and Shi'ite Islam, James Bill and John Williams explore a domain that has often suggested itself to Christian students of Islam but has lacked specific study until now.