100+ Best Innovation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational innovation quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Innovation Quotes

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules. — Vivek Wadhwa

A lot of technologies in the world were unusual in the beginning, and became standard. That’s the beauty of bottom-up entrepreneurship and innovations. — Iqbal Quadir

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved. — Charles Kettering

A tablet replacing an exercise book is not innovation, it’s just a different way to make notes. — Geoff Mulgan

A whole bunch of big technological shocks occurred when Asian innovations – paper, gunpowder, the stirrup, the moldboard plow and so on – came to Europe via the Silk Road. — Charles C. Mann

All foreign companies registered in China are Chinese enterprises. Their innovation, production and business operations in China enjoy the same treatment as Chinese enterprises. — Hu Jintao

Americans want and deserve a broad array of health insurance choices so they can identify those that best fit their own individual or family needs. These choices expand when we allow free enterprise to foster innovation, not smother it with taxes and one-size fits all ideology. — Fred Upton

As a result, we will continue to see more innovation on the Internet and on mobile phones than on consoles. — Trip Hawkins

As Members of Congress we can now engage with our constituents via online innovations like the Huffington Post, while a small business in rural Oregon can use the Internet to find customers around the world. — Ron Wyden

As the world’s sole remaining super power and economic powerhouses, our nation’s ability to be at the forefront of innovation and production has enabled unparalleled economic success of our nation’s workforce. — Leonard Boswell

But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music. — Yo-Yo Ma

Calculus, the electrical battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio – all these groundbreaking innovations were hit upon by multiple inventors working in parallel with no knowledge of one another. — Steven Johnson

Changes call for innovation, and innovation leads to progress. — Li Keqiang

Collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy. — Don Tapscott

Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation. — Thomas Friedman

Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy. — Anne Sullivan

Electricity is an example of a general purpose technology, like the steam engine before it. General purpose technologies drive most economic growth, because they unleash cascades of complementary innovations, like lightbulbs and, yes, factory redesign. — Erik Brynjolfsson

Empowerment of individuals is a key part of what makes open source work, since in the end, innovations tend to come from small groups, not from large, structured efforts. — Tim O’Reilly

Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring. — Edith Widder

For better or worse, that is true with any new innovation, certainly any new technological innovation. There’s many good things that come out of it, but also some bad things. All you can do is try to maximize the good stuff and minimize the bad stuff. — Steve Case

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. — Margaret Heffernan

From wearable sensors to video game treatments, everyone seems to be looking to technology as the next wave of innovation for mental health care. — Thomas R. Insel

Good intentions can often lead to unintended consequences. It is hard to imagine a law intended for the workforce known to Henry Ford can serve the needs of a workplace shaped by the innovations of Bill Gates. — Tim Walberg

I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel. We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy while moving even faster into ultra-mobility to lead Intel into the next era. — Brian Krzanich

I am sure innovation will blossom around the world, given that the Internet and mobile platforms enable innovators anywhere in the world to reach a global market with ease. — Roelof Botha

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. — Alexis de Tocqueville

I do not think that music keeps evolving. It evolved through Bach; since then, in my humble opinion, all the innovations added nothing. — Gordon Getty

I once knew a chap who had a system of just hanging the baby on the clothes line to dry and he was greatly admired by his fellow citizens for having discovered a wonderful innovation on changing a diaper. — Damon Runyon

I see mysteries and complications wherever I look, and I have never met a steadily logical person. — Martha Gellhorn

I think all great innovations are built on rejections. — Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out. — Jeff Bezos

I think innovation as a discipline needs to go back and get rethought and revived. There are so many models to talk about innovation, there are so many typologies of innovation, and you have to find a good innovation metric that truly captures the innovation performance of a company. — Indra Nooyi

I want to be remembered as someone who put India on the scientific map of the world in terms of large innovation. I want to be remembered for making a difference to global healthcare. And I want to be remembered as someone who did make a difference to social economic development in India. — Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

If you look at the history of the American capital market, there’s probably no innovation more important than the idea of generally accepted accountancy principles. — Lawrence Summers

If you look at where innovation – defined as ideas, not as commercial product – tends to live, the university system is remarkably innovative. — Steven Johnson

If you look historically, what creates growth and wealth is innovation and investment, and increase in scale – more customers. — Frederick W. Smith

If you wait for customers to tell you that you need to do something, you’re too late. Good business leaders should be half a step ahead of what customers want, i.e. they don’t actually quite know they want it. That’s what innovation’s about. With Plan A, we didn’t wait for the consumers to tell us. — Stuart Rose

I’m a great believer in the competitive system, and think that competition will bring us greater innovation and put American industry in information ahead of everyone also. — Harold H. Greene

In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period. — Edward Hopper

In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we’re so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important. — Dean Kamen

In this time of budget cuts, we cannot forget that basic science is a building block for scientific innovation and economic growth in the information age. — Tim Bishop

Innovation comes from the producer — not from the customer. — Edwards Deming

Innovation happens because there are people out there doing and trying a lot of different things. — Edward Felten

Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make. — Tim Berners-Lee

Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way. — Tom Freston

Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public. — Ludwig von Mises

Innovation requires resources to invest, and you can see many companies pulling back and going into an intense protective mode in a major extended period of financial distress. — Peter Senge

It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you. — Tony Benn

I’ve always valued and encouraged teamwork, and that collaborative spirit of we versus I is core to Intuit’s success. Innovation has been part of Intuit’s DNA for nearly 30 years. — Brad D. Smith

Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment. — Gale Norton

Many sports, not just football, have kind of the macho meathead mentality where innovation is almost frowned upon. — Lawrence Jackson

Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation. — Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Modern science is fast-moving, and no laboratory can exist for long with a program based on old facilities. Innovation and renewal are required to keep a laboratory on the frontiers of science. — Burton Richter

My innovation involved taking an idea from the telecommunications and banking industries, and applying that idea to transportation business. — Frederick W. Smith

No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet. But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. — Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Nobody’s going to fix the world for us, but working together, making use of technological innovations and human communities alike, we might just be able to fix it ourselves. — Jamais Cascio

Not every innovation in transportation is going to come from government or even a large enterprise. There are smart people out there with tools and skills to come up with great ideas. — Anthony Foxx

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. — Stephen Jay Gould

Obama sees everything backward. Where Americans see individual achievement, he sees government’s work. Where we see failing companies, he sees innovation worth subsidizing. Where we see the need for economic growth, he sees a need for higher taxes. — Reince Priebus

On an iPhone, you touch on the digital keyboard and you know how the letter pops up and shows up bigger so you’re making sure you’re touching the correct letter? That’s Nokia innovation. — Stephen Elop

One of the things I like about the computer that I use is that I can write a program on it or I can download a program on to it and run it. That’s kind of important to me, and that’s also kind of important to the whole future of the internet… obviously a closed platform is a serious brake on innovation. — Tim Berners-Lee

People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don’t understand about that nonsense. It’s like, all instruments are there to use all the time — Gerry Mulligan

Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector. — David Rockefeller

Productivity and the growth of productivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs, and wealth. — William E. Simon

Richard Childress and myself have made some important innovations on our cars. — Dale Earnhardt

Scientific innovations continually provide us with new means of analyzing the finds. — Richard Leakey

So many cartoonists draw the same year after year. When they find a style, they stick with it. They don’t mess with innovation, and they become boring. — Pat Oliphant

Sustainable development is a proven catalyst for Xerox innovation. — Anne M. Mulcahy

Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities. — Leon Kass

Technology is driving the innovation. Technology is driving the creativity. Technology and the use of that is going to determine our workers’ ability to compete in the 21st century global marketplace. — Ron Kind

The American economy has always been the innovator in the world, and we’re starting to see some tremendous increases in innovation, especially in the clean energy sector. — Tim Kaine

The comparison to the old world is something to get excited about. We have the potential for more choice and innovation, and a different regulatory environment that doesn’t place as much weight on economic regulations of terms and conditions. — Michael K. Powell

The government plans to bring in a new science, technology and innovation policy in 2013. — Vayalar Ravi

The Internet is ultimately about innovation and integration, but you don’t get the innovation unless you integrate Web technology into the processes by which you run your business. — Lou Gerstner

The innovation is going to come, and that is good for everybody. — Hilary Rosen

The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation. — Sergey Brin

The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system. — Kevin Kelly

The next innovation, Sensavision, will be like a Walkman attached to your forehead. You won’t actually have your head wired because infrared wires will send signals to you. In 2007 Mick Jagger will be on stage, and when Mick feels heat, you’ll feel heat. — Tony Verna

The place of exciting innovation – where the action is – that’s Rhode Island! — Donald L. Carcieri

The recipe for success is a tried and true one here in Rhode Island – innovation, reform, public service. — Donald L. Carcieri

The regulatory systems in place disincentive innovation. It’s intense to fight the red tape. — Travis Kalanick

The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. — Linus Pauling

There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution offer us in the Europe of 25, 27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition to the detriment of production, wages, research and innovation. — Laurent Fabius

There is a book yearning to come out of me: about how we can build the new collaboration economy, and the role of ‘openness’ in our quest for efficient use of resources and as a driver of innovation. — Robin Chase

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. — Brene Brown

To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions — Dean Kamen

We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. — Barbara Jordan

We know that defence work results in more than great defence hardware – it can drive innovation and advances in all areas of our life. — Jay Weatherill

We need a tax code that promotes savings, investment, achievement, innovation, and hard work. — Erik Paulsen

We need first of all the reform of our justice system. We need reform of the education system, because of quality of education because of innovation and technology. And we need administrative reform. Too much bureaucracy. — Iveta Radicova

We should favor innovation and freedom over regulation. — George Allen

What makes a specific quality or quantity of innovation retain its intense newness over the years? — Brian Ferneyhough

When counting on learning from innovation, there are great successes but also failures. The Wright Brothers invented the aircraft and started an amazing process of innovation, where we now have planes that carry 500 passengers. Along the way there were some silly looking vehicles that crashed early on. — Sheldon Whitehouse

When I listen to music from different eras, I sense different things. The 1940s music, there’s so much optimism and romance, maybe because they just solved the biggest problem on Earth at that time – World War II. In the 1960s, there was so much creativity and innovation in sound. — Eric Betzig

When it comes to providing aid, developing innovations, and making bold steps that change the course of history, the United States is usually on the front lines. — Seth Berkley

When your focus is social change and not financial change, why wouldn’t you want to share that openly? Innovation only succeeds when it’s shared. — Cameron Sinclair

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. — William Pollard

You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute but visionary and gigantic in terms of your aspiration. In the Internet industry, it’s not about grand innovation, it’s about a lot of little innovations: every day, every week, every month, making something a little bit better. — Jason Calacanis

You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. — Charles Buxton

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