104+ Best Invention Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Invention is something that has never been made before, or the process of creating something that has never been made before. Profoundly inspirational invention quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Invention Quotes

For thousands of years, until about 1850, you see humans accumulating more and more power by the invention of new technologies and by new systems of organization in the economy and in politics, but you don’t see any real improvement in the well-being of the average person. — Yuval Noah Harari

I hate the idea of natural. For example, I prefer gardens to wild nature. I like to see the human touch. High heels are a complete invention – an extravagance. They’re far from natural, but it’s the impracticality that I adore. I prefer the useless to the useful, the sophisticated to the natural. — Christian Louboutin

The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism. If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism. — Mikhail Gorbachev

Here is just the beginning of a list of skills that exam results cannot possibly hope to reflect: interpersonal skills, the ability to entertain, how articulate we are as speakers, our ability to work as part of a team, the ability to deal with challenges and invention. — Alexandra Adornetto

The invention of the micro-loan was a big surprise to me. Who would have guessed loans of less than $20 made to poor people in undeveloped countries could create thriving local economies? And, even more surprisingly, that they more reliably pay off their debts than the wealthy of the world. — Joel A. Barker

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

To us, the value of a work lies in its newness: the invention of new forms, or a novel combination of old forms, the discovery of unknown worlds or the exploration of unfamiliar areas in worlds already discovered – revelations, surprises. — Octavio Paz

Mothers are the necessity of invention. — Bill Watterson

There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention. — Ernest Hemingway

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house. — Alfred Hitchcock

The invention that most people know me for is the Super Soaker water gun. I knew the gun worked well, and I knew it would be successful. I did not realize how successful it would be. — Lonnie Johnson

Architecture is invention. — Oscar Niemeyer

Bras are a ludicrous invention; but if you make bralessness a rule, you’re just subjecting yourself to yet another repression. — Germaine Greer

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

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

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. — Tom Clancy

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it’s not a western invention. — Garry Kasparov

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

I think that short films often contain an originality, a creative freedom, an energy and an invention that is inspiring and entertaining. I think they are, as Shakespeare put it, a good deed in a naughty world. — Kenneth Branagh

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. — Orson Welles

You can’t name the inventor of the camera. The 19th-century invention was chemical: the fixative. — David Hockney

So without that Canadian invention we were grounded. And so that was a really important and key part of the mission and Canadians should take real pride in it. — Chris Hadfield

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

I love what the Valley does. I love company building. I love startups. I love technology companies. I love new technology. I love this process of invention. Being able to participate in that as a founder and a product creator, or as an investor or a board member, I just find that hugely satisfying. — Marc Andreessen

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

Doubt is the father of invention. — Ambrose Bierce

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

I’ve seen the invention of television and performed on television even before my family owned one. — Carl Reiner

The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics – the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room. — Orson Welles

For me, a diva is like the great opera singer, the great film star – out of reach, in their own world, with a real gift for invention: attention-demanding performance artists with a flamboyant, compelling sense of their own importance so special and inimitable it verges on the alien. — Grace Jones

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

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

Necessity… the mother of invention. — Plato

Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the useful combinations which are in infinite minority. — Henri Poincare

From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. — Ernest Hemingway

Jews, blacks and homosexuals are despised by the Christian and Communist majorities of East and West. Also, as a result of the invention of Israel, Jews can now count on the hatred of the Islamic world. — Gore Vidal

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

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

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

I’ve got a new invention. It’s a revolving bowl for tired goldfish. — Lefty Gomez

It might interest you to know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist. The word ‘pessimist’ was not in our vocabulary at that time. It’s a modern ‘invention’ which I believe we should ‘dis-invent.’ — Zig Ziglar

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

Stumbling upon the next great invention in an ‘ah-ha!’ moment is a myth. — James Dyson

The International Space Station is a phenomenal laboratory, an unparalleled test bed for new invention and discovery. Yet I often thought, while silently gazing out the window at Earth, that the actual legacy of humanity’s attempts to step into space will be a better understanding of our current planet and how to take care of it. — Chris Hadfield

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

When I was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory back in the early ’80s is when I first got the idea. The Super Soaker was based on some engineering principles that I applied. I was actually working on another invention which was a heat pump that would use water as a working fluid instead of Freon. — Lonnie Johnson

The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly – in any other sense than a man’s house is a monopoly. — Daniel Webster

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

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

If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people. — Henry A. Wallace

Bankruptocracy is as much a European predicament as it is an American ‘invention.’ The difference between the experience of the two continents is that at least Americans did not have to labour under the enormous design faults of the eurozone. — Yanis Varoufakis

Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention. — Ninon de L’Enclos

I think that various styles and methods and approaches are an invention of people who don’t understand the process of acting and who try very hard to label things. — Ben Kingsley

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

Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother. — Susan B. Anthony

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

After the wheel, the PlayStation is the best invention of all time. — Andrea Pirlo

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

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. — Leonardo da Vinci

I think that Napster is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Napster, to me, is liberation and freedom for artists. — KRS-One

One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. — Thomas A. Edison

Mixed martial arts was invented by Brazilians, whose families had been trained by the Japanese. Those Brazilians came to the U.S., where their invention was bought out, gussied up and presented to the world, which found it good. — David Mamet

Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. — Joseph Conrad

Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift. — Gustav Mahler

I’ve always felt that what I have going for me is not my imagination, because everyone has an imagination. What I have is a relentlessly controlled imagination. What looks like wild invention is actually quite carefully calculated. — Terry Pratchett

The invention of money opened a new field to human avarice by giving rise to usury and the practice of lending money at interest while the owner passes a life of idleness. — Pliny the Elder

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study. — William Congreve

Necessity, the mother of invention. — George Farquhar

You know when civilization began? With the invention of the mirror. — Shimon Peres

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech. — Emil Cioran

The common base of all the Semitic creeds, winners or losers, was the ever present idea of world-worthlessness. Their profound reaction from matter led them to preach bareness, renunciation, poverty; and the atmosphere of this invention stifled the minds of the desert pitilessly. — T. E. Lawrence

No Latina woman would be called ‘Ms.’ – that’s an invention of middle-class Anglo women. Latina women are proud to be called ‘Mrs.’ That simply means that we have a family. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The invention of ethical and political doctrines, which blossomed into our own social sciences, is a product of times when things appeared manageable. The same goes for the criticism of those doctrines, though as a voice from the past, this criticism proved prophetic. — Joseph Brodsky

In England, there’s no acknowledgement the invention of slavery came from Britain. — Chiwetel Ejiofor

Of all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near or at the top as history unfolds and we look back. It is the most awesome tool that we have ever invented. I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time, historically, where this invention has taken form. — Steve Jobs

What people can excel our Northern and New England brethren in skill, invention, activity, energy, perseverance, and enterprise? — John C. Calhoun

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

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up. — Sydney Smith

The ‘fiscal cliff’ is a ruse, an invention by the right and the rich, to try and keep their huge tax breaks. — Michael Moore

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

Sugar-free ice pops are an invention of God. They hardly have any calories since they’re mostly water. I eat about 15 pops every two days. — Gene Simmons

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

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance. — Ambrose Bierce

Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil. — Herbert Hoover

Oh my God, Zumba is the greatest invention ever for women. I like to exercise, though I do nothing consistently because I get bored and impatient. With Zumba, you’re dancing, you’re moving your hips. So much fun. — Robin Wright

The Internet has destroyed irony in the world, or at least wounded it considerably. What are we to do about an invention whose end result is that starving people in China are looking up things on marthastewart.com? — Douglas Coupland

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

Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. It’s really a great invention and I wouldn’t under-estimate the value of that, but they’re not designed to take care of social needs. — George Soros

Getting caught is the mother of invention. — Robert Byrne

The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization. — Mikhail Gorbachev

Answers are not enough, students should be encouraged to ask questions and explore alternatives to the norm. Entrepreneurship and invention are the backbone of the new economy, yet I doubt they get more than a nod in economics courses. — Jim Hunt

Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality. — Hillary Clinton

I’m not able to work anymore as an actor and still at the level I would want to… you start to lose your memory. You start to lose your confidence. You start to lose your invention. So, that’s pretty much a closed book for me. — Paul Newman

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age. — Jonathan Swift

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

The computer is my favourite invention. I feel lucky to be part of the global village. I don’t mean to brag, but I’m so fast with technology. People think it all seems too much, but we’ll get used to it. I’m sure it all seemed too much when we were learning to walk. — Yoko Ono

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

The spirit of adventure to embrace the new and the incredible belief in the power of invention attracted me to the Russian avant-garde. — Zaha Hadid

The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention… It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me. — Walter Scott

I like characters. I like spirited characters whether they exist in fiction or real life. Whether they’re the invention of artistic people or directors, musicians. I think music and art and fashion designers inspire me and I like characters. — Marc Jacobs

UKIP’s success would never have happened without the invention of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. — Nigel Farage

The invention of the African American, or the Haitian or Jamaican, is a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade. — Kerry James Marshall

I think the history of western feminism is one that is fraught with racism, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that and, at the same time, to say that feminism is not the western invention, that my great-grandmother in what is now south-western Nigeria is feminist. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

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