Inventors The Best Quotes About Invention And Inventor  

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

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Fear is a great inventor.

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

4 3
It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes. Oscar Wilde

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A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone. Francis Picabia

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

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I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. Thomas Edison

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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

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Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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

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This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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

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Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development. Ursula K. Le Guin

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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

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In my own time there have been inventions of this sort, transparent windows tubes for diffusing warmth equally through all parts of a building short-hand, which has been carried to such a perfection that a writer can keep pace with the most rapid speaker. But the inventing of such things is drudgery for the lowest slaves; philosophy lies deeper. It is not her office to teach men how to use their hands. The object of her lessons is to form the soul. Seneca the Younger

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

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

1 3
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

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