Inventions Quotes


Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear. - Bertolt Brecht

 

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

 

Women's virtue is man's greatest invention. - Cornelia Otis Skinner

 

If Thomas Edison's invention of the electric bulb were reported on tonight's evening news, it would be reported as a threat to the candle industry. - Newt Gingrich

 

Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheep-like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving. - John Dewey

 

It will ever remain incomprehensible that our generation, which has shown itself so great by its achievements in discovery and invention, could fall so low spiritually as to give up thinking. - Albert Schweitzer

 

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. - Walt Disney

 

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age. - Jonathan Swift

 

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. - John Adams

 

We can invent only with memory. - Alphonse Karr

 

An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates form college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work. - Charles F. Kettering

 

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity -- gunpowder and romantic love. - Andre Maurois

 

I don't mind occasionally having to reinvent a wheel; I don't even mind using someone's reinvented wheel occasionally. But it helps a lot if it is symmetric, contains no fewer than ten sides, and has the axle centered. I do tire of trapezoidal wheels with offset axles. - Joseph Newcomer

 

Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors. - Mark Twain

 

The coming of the printing press must have seemed as if it would turn the world upside down in the way it spread and, above all, democratized knowledge. Provide you could pay and read, what was on the shelves in the new bookshops was yours for the taking. The speed with which printing presses and their operators fanned out across Europe is extraordinary. From the single Mainz press of 1457, it took only twenty-three years to establish presses in 110 towns: 50 in Ita!0 in Germany, 9 in France, 8 in Spain, 8 in Holland, 4 in England, and so on. - James E. Burke

 

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall. - Thomas Carlyle

 

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

 

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success. - Thomas A. Edison

 

If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice. - George Gobel

 

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. - Albert Gyorgyi

 

The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure. - Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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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