91+ Best Invention Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Invention Quotes

Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity. Leonardo da Vinci

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. Jimmy Carter

Necessity the mother of invention. Plato

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

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

For without invention, no one was ever a great man in his own trade. Niccolo Machiavelli

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home. David Frost

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready made knowledge. Seymour Papert

The European Union is the world’s most successful invention for advancing peace. John Bruton

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident. Mark Twain

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

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

I don’t think that you can invent on behalf of customers unless you’re willing to think long term, because a lot of invention doesn’t work. If you’re going to invent, it means you’re going to experiment, and if you’re going to experiment, you’re going to fail, and if you’re going to fail, you have to think long term. Jeff Bezos

Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried. Thomas Jefferson

The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly. Demetri Martin

Truth exists; only lies are invented. Georges Braque

Invention requires two things One, the ability to try a lot of experiments, and two, not having to live with the collateral damage of failed experiments. Andy Jassy

Nothing is invented and brought to perfection all at once. Thomas Cole

Long lives aren’t natural. We forget that senior citizens are as much an invention as toasters or penicillin. Douglas Coupland

To understand is to invent. Jean Piaget

If necessity is the mother of invention, urgency is the uncle of change. Without it, progress slows and then stops and then reverses. Nell Scovell

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. Dave Barry

Invention breeds invention. Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life. Henry Miller

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination. Edward Hopper

Most scientific or engineering discoveries would never become successful products without contributions from other scientists or engineers. Every major invention is the child of far flung parents who may never meet. Vaclav Smil

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut

Women’s virtue is man’s greatest invention. Cornelia Otis Skinner

Destiny is the invention of the cowardly, and the resigned. Ignazio Silone

In 2008, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for work done on a molecule called green fluorescent protein that was isolated from the bioluminescent chemistry of a jellyfish, and it’s been equated to the invention of the microscope in terms of the impact that it has had on cell biology and genetic engineering. Edith Widder

Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed. Robert Metcalfe

Luxury, not necessity, is the mother of invention. Every artifact is somewhat wanting in its function, and that is what drives its evolution. Henry Petroski

Necessity, who is the mother of our invention. Plato

Our most valuable resources creativity, communication, invention, and reinvention are, in fact, unlimited. David Grinspoon

Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma. E. B. White

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing. Douglas Engelbart

A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That’s how the patent office defines it. That’s an invention Dean Kamen

Marriage is a wonderful invention then again, so is a bicycle repair kit. Billy Connolly

The function of entrepreneurs is to reform or revolutionize the pattern of production by exploiting an invention or, more generally, an untried technological possibility for producing a new commodity or producing an old one in a new way, by opening up a new source of supply of materials or a new outlet for products, by reorganizing an industry and so on. Joseph A. Schumpeter

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously. Benjamin Franklin

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

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. William Shakespeare

The issue for patents for new discovers has given a spring to invention beyond my conception. Thomas Jefferson

The invention of the printing press was one of the most important events in human history. Ha Joon Chang

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 Italy, 30 in Germany, 9 in France, 8 in Spain, 8 in Holland, 4 in England, and so on. James E. Burke

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. John Berger

The divergent series are the invention of the devil, and it is a shame to base on them any demonstration whatsoever. By using them, one may draw any conclusion he pleases and that is why these series have produced so many fallacies and so many paradoxes. Niels Henrik Abel

An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started. Tim O’Reilly

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home. David Frost

Invention is not enough. Tesla invented the electric power we use, but he struggled to get it out to people. You have to combine both things invention and innovation focus, plus the company that can commercialize things and get them to people. Larry Page

Original artistic invention demands that even the inventor be surprised. Judith Schaechter

As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end. Michel Foucault

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. Karl Marx

In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances, invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth. Oscar Wilde

An invention can be so valuable as to be worthless to the inventor. Eli Whitney

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution. Theophile Gautier

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. Steve Jobs

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. Mary Shelley

Our inventions mirror our secret wishes. Lawrence Durrell

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers. What we call art is a game. Octavio Paz

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Thomas A. Edison

Over most of history, threats have come from nature disease, earthquakes, floods, and so forth. But the worst now come from us. We’ve entered a geological era called the anthropocene. This started, perhaps, with the invention of thermonuclear weapons. Martin Rees

That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best make it all up but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way. Ernest Hemingway

Reading or written language is a cultural invention that necessitated totally new connections among structures in the human brain underlying language, perception, cognition, and, over time, our emotions. Maryanne Wolf

Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them. Thomas Paine

It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention. Lyndon B. Johnson

The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil. Albert Schweitzer

I believe it was probably less than ten minutes that went by from the invention of photography to the point where people realized that they could lie with photographs. Errol Morris

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Steve Jobs

Ever since the arrival of printing thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people’s minds people have been arguing that new technology would have disastrous consequences for language. David Crystal

Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. Steve Jobs

We are a country of Newton, Hodgson, and Turing. Ours is a country of ideas, invention and discovery and is truly a national history. Rishi Sunak

Necessity, the mother of invention. George Farquhar

The practice of narrative and argument does not lead to invention, but it compels a certain coherence of thought. Jean Piaget

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

What’s interesting about the shift from an industrial age to a technological age is that we keep inventing new media movies, records, radio, television, the Internet, and now ebooks and one of the things that’s most interesting about the invention of a new medium is watching it reinvent itself as it penetrates the culture. David Gerrold

Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Steve Jobs

The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play Drop the Handkerchief. James Naismith

There is no difference between science and art when it comes to creativeness, productiveness, to come to conclusions and to formulations. Josef Albers

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Steve Jobs

Invention depends altogether upon execution or organization; as that is right or wrong so is the invention perfect or imperfect. William Blake

Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty odd years, the world has seen an inventor’s dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality. Amelia Earhart

The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck. Paul Virilio

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. J. K. Rowling

The Gospel is like water; no man invented it, yet no man can live without it. Reinhard Bonnke

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. Helen Frankenthaler

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

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. Orson Welles