Quotations on Invention

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That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently; but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Poetry, Invention, Needs)

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Imagination, Country, Invention, Man, Office)

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
- Mose Allison
(Keywords: Invention, Jazz, Personality)

Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
- Susan B. Anthony
(Keywords: Progress, Invention, Law, Today, Woman)

All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Intuition, Invention, Observation, Thinking)

If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation. And we're cooperating like never before.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Cooperation, Invention, Necessity)

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.
- Dave Barry
(Keywords: History, Development, Communication, Internet, Invention, Waiting)

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.
- Pierre Bayle
(Keywords: Thought, Being, First, Invention, Wit)

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Time, Invention, Light, Photography)

We are not a Zappa cover band. We only play Frank's songs that were recorded by the Mothers of Invention and I think a lot of those songs were complex.
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Keywords: Invention, Mothers, Play, Songs)

You own a watch the invention of the mind, though for a single motion 'tis designed, as well as that which is with greater thought with various springs, for various motions wrought.
- Richard Blackmore
(Keywords: Thought, Invention, Mind)

America demands invention and innovation to succeed.
- Kit Bond
(Keywords: America, Innovation, Invention, Succeed)

Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until the invention of agriculture, must have been precarious because of his inability to ensure his food supply.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Food, Time, Survival, Agriculture, Invention, Man)

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my countrymen comes natural to me; and in the open field of invention I am not without hopes of giving them pleasure.
- Thomas Edward Brown
(Keywords: Giving, Invention, Literature, Open, Pleasure)

The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.
- John Bruton
(Keywords: Peace, Successful, Invention, World)

The whole action of the laws tended to increase the number of consumers of food and to diminish the number of producers, was due the invention of the Malthusian theory of population.
- Henry Charles Carey
(Keywords: Food, Action, Invention, Laws, Population, Theory)

None of my neighbors believe in what I say. They refuse to wear the rings. They will never accept my invention until the day they die. That's what I call the real antichrists.
- Alex Chiu
(Keywords: Day, Invention, Neighbors, Will)

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
(Keywords: Mother, Idleness, Invention, Laziness, Necessity, Opinion, Trouble)

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Conversation, Invention, Silence, Speech)

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
- Tom Clancy
(Keywords: Idea, Hope, Invention, Man)

As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract thought. I dont wish to deny the uses of the intellect, but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Thought, Development, Creation, Fiction, Intellect, Intuition, Invention, Will)

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.
- William Congreve
(Keywords: Despair, Flags, Invention, Study)

The rate of human invention is faster, and the rate of cultural loss is slower, in areas occupied by many competing societies with many individuals and in contact with societies elsewhere.
- Jared Diamond
(Keywords: Invention, Loss)

One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
- Thomas A. Edison
(Keywords: Money, Success, Work, Invention, Man, Pleasure, Reward, Value, World)

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart
(Keywords: Revolution, Invention, Printing, Writing)

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
- Max Ernst
(Keywords: Amusement, Discovery, Invention, Painting, Reality)

Necessity, the mother of invention.
- George Farquhar
(Keywords: Mother, Invention, Necessity)

The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard, as the songs of Homer.
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Guitar, Invention, Songs, Tradition)

As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
- Michel Foucault
(Keywords: Thought, End, Invention, Man)

As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
- Michel Foucault
(Keywords: Thought, End, Invention, Man)

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.
- Helen Frankenthaler
(Keywords: Art, Invention, Rules)

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.
- David Frost
(Keywords: Home, People, Invention, Living, Television)

In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
- Northrop Frye
(Keywords: Art, Work, Day, Invention, Law, Literature)

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Art, Beauty, Care, Choice, Detail, Execution, Invention, Words)

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.
- Henry George
(Keywords: Imagination, Invention, Mankind, March)

The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism. If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism.
- Mikhail Gorbachev
(Keywords: People, Civilization, Capitalism, Contradiction, Dawn, Invention, Socialism)

Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war.
- Remy de Gourmont
(Keywords: War, Humanity, Invention, Labor)

I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.
- Michael Graves
(Keywords: Architecture, Music, Poetry, Truth, Invention, Painting)

The Internet makes it possible for people like me to live the way I do now. Without it, I'd have to be in New York or some other city. I think the Internet is the greatest invention in history after antibiotics.
- Jane Haddam
(Keywords: History, People, Internet, Invention, Now)

So without that Canadian invention we were grounded. And so that was a really important and key part of the mission and Canadians should take real pride in it.
- Chris Hadfield
(Keywords: Invention, Key, Mission, Pride)

In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been understood for a long time, perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention of private property in real estate.
- Garrett Hardin
(Keywords: Time, Agriculture, Discovery, Invention, Logic, Property)

There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
- Ernest Hemingway
(Keywords: Events, Invention, Obligation, Writer)

How thoroughly it is ingrained in mathematical science that every real advance goes hand in hand with the invention of sharper tools and simpler methods which, at the same time, assist in understanding earlier theories and in casting aside some more complicated developments.
- David Hilbert
(Keywords: Science, Time, Invention, Theories, Tools, Understanding)

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Keywords: Change, People, Habits, Invention, Television)

For thirty years, beginning with the invention of a privacy right in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the Left has been waging a systematic assault on the constitutional foundation of the nation.
- David Horowitz
(Keywords: Decision, Beginning, Court, Invention, Nation, Privacy, Right, Years)

We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.
- Robert M. Hutchins
(Keywords: Books, Invention, Light, Printing, Television)

This play is truly a great invention, and we're having a great time doing it eight times a week.
- Bill Irwin
(Keywords: Time, Invention, Play)

It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Keywords: Genius, American, Constitution, Invention, Principles)

A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That's how the patent office defines it. That's an invention.
- Dean Kamen
(Keywords: Ideas, Invention, Office)

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov
(Keywords: People, Democracy, Invention, Learning)



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