80+ Best Innovation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Innovation Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazing Innovation Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Innovation Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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