In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we’re so caught up in playing with the technology that we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important.
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.
—Arthur Conan Doyle
Invention arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.—Agatha Christie
The world is movIng so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.—Elbert Hubbard
One of the only ways to get yourself out of a tight box is to invent your way out.—Jeff Bezos
We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.—HG Wells
You could lock the gasman in a padded cell with some dental floss and a bowl of Jell-O, and he’d find a way to make something explode. —James Patterson
I just invent, then wait till man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.—Buckminster Fuller
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. —Thomas Edison
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.—Mary Shelley
Initiate; don’t imitate.—BC Forbes
Only an inventor knows how to borrow.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.—Archimedes
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(This story appears in the 30 September, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)