Inventing Quotes

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.-Agatha Christie


Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.-Jonathan Swift


We issued gorged with knowledge, and I spoke: "Why, Sirs, they do all this as well as we." "They hunt old trails" said Cyril, "very well; But when did woman ever yet invent?"-Lord Alfred Tennyson


The best way to predict the future is to invent it.-Alan Kay


An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.-Charles F. Kettering


Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Take the advice of a faithful friend, and submit thy inventions to his censure.-Thomas Fuller


We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.-Eric Hoffer


Getting caught is the mother of invention.-Robert Byrne


To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.-Thomas A. Edison


She has a housewife's hand; but that's no matter: I say she never did invent this letter; This is a man's invention and his hand.-William Shakespeare


The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves--the creature of habits and infirmities.-Isaac D'Israeli


Everything that can be invented has been invented.-Charles H. Duell


He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.-Jonathan Swift


Invention is the mother of necessity.-Thorstein Veblen


A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.-Henry Ward Beecher


It is not true, it is a happy invention.-Giordano Bruno


Want, the mistress of invention.-Mrs. Susannah Centlivre


Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.-Bible


A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.-Thomas Fuller


Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.-Charles H. Duell


Electric telegraphs, printing, gas, Tobacco, balloons, and steam, Are little events that have come to pass Since the days of the old regime. And, spite of Lempriere's dazzling page, I'd give--though it might seem bold-- A hundred years of the Golden Age For a year of the Age of Gold.-Henry S. Leigh


The boomers' biggest impact will be on eliminating the term 'retirement' and inventing a new stage of life... the new career arc.-Rosabeth Moss Kanter


The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet, I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the Camcorder.-Al Gore


The difference between being able to understand something and inventing it in the first place... is called genius.-Craig Bruce


The earth only has so much bounty to offer and inventing ever larger and more notional prices for that bounty does not change its real value.-Ben Elton


The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied.-Jeremiah Wright


The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.-Evelyn Waugh


The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don't, there's no hope for you.-Orson Scott Card


The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.-Raoul Vaneigem


An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.-Benoit Mandelbrot


At the same time, it's a family story and more of an epic. I needed the third-person. I tried to give a sense that Cal, in writing his story, is perhaps inventing his past as much as recalling it.-Jeffrey Eugenides


Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new.-Helmut Jahn


Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real.-David Antin


Even though the vast majority of my work was outside television, the amount of creation and inventing that went into the TV shows was non stop and, unknown to me, a great strain.-Paul Daniels


He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between.-John McPhee


I don't believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.-Christiaan Barnard


I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios.-Jerry B. Jenkins


I was always inventing characters and making up stories.-Suzanne Vega


If the U.N. didn't exist, we'd be inventing it right now.-Sam Farr


If you think Abraham Lincoln became famous for inventing the town car, it is time to spend a few hours on history.-Bo Bennett


In Old Europe and Ancient Crete, women were respected for their roles in the discovery of agriculture and for inventing the arts of weaving and pottery making.-Carol P. Christ


Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.-Charles Kettering


Inventing is a skill that some people have and some people don't. But you can learn how to invent.-Ray Dolby


Man keeps inventing things all the time.-Mikhail Kalashnikov


Nonetheless, we continue to be obsessed with finding or inventing a European nation which, as in the nation state, guarantees homogeneity and thus an appropriate form of democracy and centralized government.-Ulrich Beck


People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions - board games, recipes... we never stopped inventing.-Lynn Johnston


People who've had very unhappy childhoods are pretty good at inventing themselves. If nobody invents you for yourself, nothing is left but to invent yourself for others.-John Le Carre


Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.-George Orwell


That's what keeps me going: dreaming, inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming.-Joseph Barbera

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