Thoughts on invention

Published: Sep 17, 2016 06:22:33 AM IST
Updated: Sep 14, 2016 03:52:31 PM IST


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.
—Dean Kamen

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.

Images: Kamen:Stephen Rose / Getty Images; Christie Hulton Archive / Getty Images; Patterson: Bret Hartman / Reuters; Archimedes, Edison: Shutterstock.Com

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