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Inventions Quotes

Antonin Artaud ~
• “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”

Sir Frances Bacon ~
• “...to invent is to discover that we know not, and not to recover or resummon that which we already know.

L. Frank Baum ~
• “The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization.

Alexander Graham Bell ~
• “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather to myself.”
“America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.”
“A true inventor can no more help inventing than he can help thinking or breathing.”

Stewart Brand ~
• “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.”

Omar Bradley ~
• “We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

G. K. Chesterton ~
• “None of the modern machines, none of the modern paraphernalia. . . have any power except over the people who choose to use them.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky ~
• “Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also.”

Thomas Edison ~
• “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Albert Einstein ~
• “Invention is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.
• “
Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.

Mircea Eliade ~
• “The crude product of nature, the object fashioned by the industry of man, acquire their reality, their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality.”

Richard Feynman ~
• “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”

Helen Frankenthaler ~
• “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.”

Erich Fromm ~
• “Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.”

Galileo Galilei ~
• “Doubt is the father of invention.”

William James ~
• “Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.”

Thomas S. Kuhn ~
• “Almost always the men who achieve these fundamental inventions of a new paradigm have been either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change.”

Marshall McLuhan ~
• “The artist is the person who invents the means to bridge between biological inheritance and the environments created by technological innovation.”

Christopher Morley ~
“People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.”

Lewis Mumford ~
“By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed.”
• “War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.”

Samuel Richardson ~
• “Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.”

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

Thorstein Veblen ~
• “Invention is the mother of necessity.”

H.G. Wells ~
• “We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.”

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