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Invention quotes and quotations

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

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Jonathan Swift

We issued gorged with knowledge, and I spoke: "Why, Sirs, they do all this as well as we." "They hunt old trails" said Cyril, "very well; But when did woman ever yet invent?"
Lord Alfred Tennyson

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.
Charles F. Kettering

Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take the advice of a faithful friend, and submit thy inventions to his censure.
Thomas Fuller

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.
Eric Hoffer

Getting caught is the mother of invention.
Robert Byrne

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas A. Edison

She has a housewife's hand; but that's no matter: I say she never did invent this letter; This is a man's invention and his hand.
William Shakespeare

The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves--the creature of habits and infirmities.
Isaac D'Israeli

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.
Jonathan Swift

Invention is the mother of necessity.
Thorstein Veblen

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
Henry Ward Beecher

It is not true, it is a happy invention.
Giordano Bruno

Want, the mistress of invention.
Mrs. Susannah Centlivre

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Thomas Fuller

Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
Charles H. Duell

Electric telegraphs, printing, gas, Tobacco, balloons, and steam, Are little events that have come to pass Since the days of the old regime. And, spite of Lempriere's dazzling page, I'd give--though it might seem bold-- A hundred years of the Golden Age For a year of the Age of Gold.
Henry S. Leigh