Best Quotes About Invention

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing. -Douglas Engelbart

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. -William Shakespeare

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. -Dave Barry

Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit. -Billy Connolly

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. -John Stuart Mill

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance. -Ambrose Bierce

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

Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias. -Bertrand Russell

The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization. -Mikhail Gorbachev

Mothers are the necessity of invention. -Bill Watterson

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder. -Andre Maurois

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house. -Alfred Hitchcock

Doubt is the father of invention. -Ambrose Bierce

America is a nation that conceives many odd inventions for getting somewhere but it can think of nothing to do once it gets there. -Will Rogers

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. -Tom Clancy

Women's virtue is man's greatest invention. -Cornelia Otis Skinner

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. -Roger von Oech

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers… What we call art is a game. -Octavio Paz

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. -Walt Disney

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

The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention… It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me. -Walter Scott

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

Getting caught is the mother of invention. -Robert Byrne

Our inventions mirror our secret wishes. -Lawrence Durrell

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up. -Sydney Smith

I've got a new invention. It's a revolving bowl for tired goldfish. -Lefty Gomez

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -Henry David Thoreau

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. -Joseph Conrad

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. -Thomas A. Edison

I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them! -Henrik Ibsen

This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions. -Lord Byron

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

As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end. -Michel Foucault

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

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

The very greatest things – great thoughts, discoveries, inventions – have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty. -Samuel Smiles

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

All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry. -Gustave Flaubert

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. -John Adams

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions. -Arnold H. Glasow

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

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. -Plato

Necessity… the mother of invention. -Plato

Destiny is the invention of the cowardly, and the resigned. -Ignazio Silone

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

Community colleges are one of America's great social inventions a gateway to the future for first time students looking for an affordable college education, and for mid-career students looking to get ahead in the workplace. -Barbara Mikulski

All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness. -Mark Kennedy

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

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

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

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

The art of an artist must be his own art. It is… always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors. -Emil Nolde

I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago. -Robert Moog

I think that various styles and methods and approaches are an invention of people who don't understand the process of acting and who try very hard to label things. -Ben Kingsley

The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce. -Friedrich List

The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad. -John Moody

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

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

I'm an inventor. I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started. -Ray Kurzweil

The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.' -James Naismith

Never keep a line of retreat: it is a wretched invention. -Fridtjof Nansen

As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories, many her own invention. She, too, tended to reverse the norm. -Tanith Lee

An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started. -Tim O'Reilly

Animals can adapt to problems and make inventions, but often no faster than natural selection can do its work – the world acts as its own simulator in the case of natural selection. -Vernor Vinge

We daily witness the beneficial effect produced to the community by the institution of premiums, held out to encourage the inventions of ingenious mechanics. -Joseph Lancaster

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it's not a western invention. -Garry Kasparov

This play is truly a great invention, and we're having a great time doing it eight times a week. -Bill Irwin

If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people. -Henry A. Wallace

Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world. -Henry A. Wallace

What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. -Henry A. Wallace

I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention. -John le Carre

Since the invention of steamships distant countries have become like those that are near at hand. -Townsend Harris

America, the temple of invention and industry, doesn't make things anymore. -Nick Clooney

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

In other words, what is supposedly found is an invention whose inventor is unaware of his act of invention, who considers it as something that exists independently of him; the invention then becomes the basis of his world view and actions. -Paul Watzlawick

Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful. -Robert Shea

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one. -Walter Jon Williams

Having the benefit to our society, not only here in the United States but throughout the world with the amount of invention you get from having a space program, is well worth the risk that an individual like myself has to take by flying in the vehicle. -Mark Kelly

I guess there's a certain amount of poking fun at certain characters, but that's because there is something amusing about them or about the way they behave, so I guess you can say that that's poking fun at the character. But the character is your own invention, so who cares? -Joel Coen

The inventions and the great discoveries have opened up whole continents to reciprocal communication and interchange, provided we are willing. -Alva Myrdal

But thanks to my invention, my capitalist friends and I were able to bring the government to its knees. -Erno Rubik

And the invention of transformations of certain figures has become the most important in musical composition. -Karlheinz Stockhausen

But I'm an adventurer. I like invention, I like discovery. -Karlheinz Stockhausen

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

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

In reading the scriptures of truth, we often put wrong constructions upon them, and apply them improperly; and I apprehend it has often been the case in relation to this portion, particularly that part in relation to man's seeking out many inventions. -Elias Hicks

Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention. -Whitney M. Young

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

Some people really want to play Mozart and be just performers. I was more interested in invention. -Steve Lacy

I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto and the Jewish badge of shame. The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how. -Lionel Blue

I fear this little episode does not speak very favourably for my business capacity in those early days, for I certainly ought to have made much more than I did by this really important invention. -Henry Bessemer

We fixed on No. 4, Queen Street Place, for our City offices, and it was from there that so many of my patented inventions were dated. -Henry Bessemer

What we were in on, really, was the invention of animation. -Marc Davis

But what has America to boast? What are the graces or the virtues which distinguish its inhabitants? What are their triumphs in war, or their inventions in peace? -Thomas Day

Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift. -Gustav Mahler

Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work the least, for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the perfect idea that they subsequently express with their hands. -Giorgio Vasari

Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction, but a few may make evolutionary inventions, such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations that give these species improved competitive potential. -Ernst Mayr

Any change in form produces a fear of change, and that has accelerated. Marketing is the death of invention, because marketing deals with the familiar. -Nicolas Roeg

Television has some lovely aspects to it – and some ghastly aspects – but the theater itself was a wonderful invention. -Patrick Macnee

Music is not man's invention, but his heritage from the blessed spirits. -Tomas Luis de Victoria

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination. -Edward Hopper

There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions. -Ethel Merman

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

If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation. And we're cooperating like never before. -John Ashcroft

It is an invention of the devil, an infernal falsity for the destruction of all Christianity. -Michael Servetus

I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

Life is composed of different inventions. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

A major one which no one can overlook is technological and based on inventions and discoveries which have altered the whole basis of production and deeply affected social relations. -Emily Greene Balch

I said I have no powers of invention. Well, I also have no powers of mimicry. -Norman MacCaig

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

The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation, so that they readily acquire mechanic arts. They have a great talent for music, and all their external senses are remarkably acute. -Samuel George Morton

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

The concept of war crimes is an American invention. -George Wald

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution. One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse. -George Wald

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts. -Lukas Foss

People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions – board games, recipes… we never stopped inventing. -Lynn Johnston

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

What I learned was the quality of continual reinvention. -Merrie Spaeth

America demands invention and innovation to succeed. -Kit Bond

The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace. -John Bruton

I didn't say my invention is better, nor did I say other stuff does not work. -Alex Chiu

A man with an invention on which he has spent his life, but has no means to get it developed for the good of humanity – or even patented for himself – must feel the pinch of poverty very acutely. -James Payn

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 don't 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

Afternoon classes – that evil invention! -John Gresham Machen

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

I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions. -Larry Wall

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

Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. It's really a great invention and I wouldn't under-estimate the value of that, but they're not designed to take care of social needs. -George Soros

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

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

All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention. -Rudolf Arnheim

A guilty conscience is the mother of invention. -Carolyn Wells

Necessity, the mother of invention. -George Farquhar

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. -John Berger

The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly – in any other sense than a man's house is a monopoly. -Daniel Webster

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt. -Henry George

It's a non-stop invention, this game of life, and as soon as you think you've got it, you lose it. -Tim Finn

There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. -John B. S. Haldane

There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought. -Pierre Bayle

Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention. -Ninon de L'Enclos

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement. -Claude M. Bristol

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

Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process. -Kenneth Clark

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. -Joyce Carol Oates

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

But if inventions have increased man's power over nature very much, then the real value of money is better measured for some purposes in labour than in commodities. -Alfred Marshall

In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we're so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important. -Dean Kamen

I consider high-speed data transmission an invention that became a major innovation. It changed the way we all communicate. -Dean Kamen

To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions. -Dean Kamen

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone. -Henry Rollins

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

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity. -Samuel Richardson

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life. -Henry Miller

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. -Emil Cioran

What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them! -Henrik Ibsen

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. -Thomas Paine

The real writer is one who really writes. Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire. Work is its own cure. You have to like it better than being loved. -Marge Piercy

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. -Leonardo da Vinci

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution. -Theophile Gautier

One of the most fun inventions of my lifetime is the Mini. -James Dyson

The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps. -Bob Black

I've never had plastic surgery, but if they made a new invention for making people taller, I'd be the first to have the surgery. -Alanna Ubach

I am honored to be able to serve GM at this critical juncture and take part in its reinvention. -Edward Whitacre, Jr.

Long lives aren't natural. We forget that senior citizens are as much an invention as toasters or penicillin. -Douglas Coupland

The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly. -Demetri Martin

I'm a geek who loves fashion. There's been a reinvention of the word geek. It means being passionate about anything that's under the radar or sort of frowned upon, like Comic-Con. -Kristen Bell

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. -J. K. Rowling

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. -Steve Jobs

I don't know that 'NCIS: Los Angeles' is a complete reinvention, but I'm playing one of the guys in charge this time. Before I'd be cast as a young impressionable character. I think part of that is just being more mature. -Chris O'Donnell

My grandfather lived across the garden from us, and in his attic he had a lot of radios, appliances and inventions that he had made over 50 years, such as a keyboard called a clavioline, which can be heard on some Beatles songs – it was popular in the 60s. So we had all that at home. -Michel Gondry

I love what the Valley does. I love company building. I love startups. I love technology companies. I love new technology. I love this process of invention. Being able to participate in that as a founder and a product creator, or as an investor or a board member, I just find that hugely satisfying. -Marc Andreessen

It's just a great, legendary comic book hero and it's one that has never been kind of been brought back to life after Lynda Carter. I mean, it's a reinvention. When Tim Burton reinvented Batman after Adam West, and when Donner reinvented Superman after George Reeves, it's time to do that with Wonder Woman. -Joel Silver

The corporation is one of the great unheralded human inventions of destruction. It is a way to absolve from any personal liability a bunch of people. They form together in a massive ID and they do whatever they want. -Keith Olbermann

There's definitely a pattern of great British shows that get reinvented in America and do really well here, but I think 'Torchwood' is a bit different. It's more of a hybrid that doesn't exist as a reinvention. -Bill Pullman

I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form. -Bryan Adams

I like action movies, even though I think action movies are kind of derided now. But there is something extraordinary about action movies, which is absolutely linked to the invention of cinema and what cinema is and why we love it. -Danny Boyle

We are quite at ease in this no man's land of ignorance and doubt and dispute, absorbed in the ambiguities of trying to reach truth by mixing fact with invention. -Barry Unsworth

You know capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it's really let us down. -Bill Gates

I hate the idea of natural. For example, I prefer gardens to wild nature. I like to see the human touch. High heels are a complete invention – an extravagance. They're far from natural, but it's the impracticality that I adore. I prefer the useless to the useful, the sophisticated to the natural. -Christian Louboutin

I don't usually direct actors in the classic sense of that word. Instead, I try to remind the characters before the shoot what's going on in a very simple way. I then watch them, their inventions as actors, approving or not approving what they're doing. -Gus Van Sant

Our party is – we don't have the problems that the other party has. We're not divided. We don't have to worry about, you know, what people are saying on the side or about their affection for the president or – we don't have those problems and we don't have the reinvention convention. -David Axelrod

My feeling was that I simply didn't have the enthusiasm to do reinvention. -Roger Daltrey

Not since the steam engine has any invention disrupted business models like the Internet. Whole industries including music distribution, yellow-pages directories, landline telephones, and fax machines have been radically reordered by the digital revolution. -John Sununu

I've always felt that what I have going for me is not my imagination, because everyone has an imagination. What I have is a relentlessly controlled imagination. What looks like wild invention is actually quite carefully calculated. -Terry Pratchett

For years, I've had a hankering for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis. Franklin is credited with so many inventions: the postal system, lightning rods, the constitution. He was a rock star before there was such a thing. -Jon Bon Jovi

If you look back at the history of creativity in clothes – the French Revolution, the First World War and the Second World War – they have all been creative reinventions, the moment new forms of luxury come into play. -Christian Lacroix

Answers are not enough, students should be encouraged to ask questions and explore alternatives to the norm. Entrepreneurship and invention are the backbone of the new economy, yet I doubt they get more than a nod in economics courses. -Jim Hunt

Bras are a ludicrous invention; but if you make bralessness a rule, you're just subjecting yourself to yet another repression. -Germaine Greer

Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality. -Hillary Clinton

I would say that, in the future, the book will be reserved for things that function best as a book. So, if I need a textbook that's going to be out of date because of new technological inventions, you're better off having it where you can download the supplements or the update. -Art Spiegelman

The real abhorrent consequence of the invention of atomic bombs is the fact that we still have them and they're spreading. -Barry Commoner

The thriller is not a recent invention. It probably goes back to the dawn of storytelling. -Lee Child

You know when civilization began? With the invention of the mirror. -Shimon Peres

Sugar-free ice pops are an invention of God. They hardly have any calories since they're mostly water. I eat about 15 pops every two days. -Gene Simmons

Let's turn British inventions into British industries, British factories and British jobs. Let them make pounds for us, not dollars marks or yen for others. -John Major

It's a new challenge to see how people can change your look. I like words like transformation, reinvention, and chameleon. Because one word I don't like is predictable. -Naomi Campbell

With 'Twilight,' you have these massive tomes that you have to condense. With 'Penoza,' we had an eight episode Dutch series that, just for the pilot alone, I condensed three episodes. So, there's a lot of filling in and a ton of invention that has to happen to fill out eight episodes. -Melissa Rosenberg

You can't name the inventor of the camera. The 19th-century invention was chemical: the fixative. -David Hockney

To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions. -Hugh Jackman

We say that necessity is the mother of invention, and no country has more of a necessity to develop clean power than China. -Thomas Friedman

Many people come to reinvention when life changes around them, but people come in all different stripes. I'm oriented to change. -Jane Pauley

AARP knows the future is bright for a generation that's going to remain healthy and vital for 10, 20, 30, 40 more years. AARP has the information and resources people need throughout their process of reinvention. -Jane Pauley

Mixed martial arts was invented by Brazilians, whose families had been trained by the Japanese. Those Brazilians came to the U.S., where their invention was bought out, gussied up and presented to the world, which found it good. -David Mamet

Architecture is invention. -Oscar Niemeyer

I believe food is the most brilliant invention ever. -Helena Christensen

I always find myself stopping to write down ideas of things I'd like to make from computer hardware items to things new moms need – inventions to share with others to make their lives more fun or interesting or easy. -Lisa Loeb

The invention of the iPod changes how you use music. Suddenly you have music everywhere. -Spike Jonze

I think the iPhone was as significant an invention as the Gutenburg press, in terms of the future of humanity. -James Woods

What interests me is starting businesses on our own, finding ideas that we can support, and simply investing in invention. -Barry Diller

The business model for content is to be paid for it. You can be paid for it either though advertising or subscriptions or some new invention, but right now what we've got is advertising revenue and subscription revenue as the only way to be paid for content. -Barry Diller

There are two possibilities: Either the kiss is a human universal, one of the constellation of innate traits, including language and laughter, that unites us as a species, or it is an invention, like fire or wearing clothes, an idea so good that it was bound to metastasize across the globe. -Joshua Foer

We're all just a bundle of habits shaped by our memories. And to the extent that we control our lives, we do so by gradually altering those habits, which is to say the networks of our memory. No lasting joke, or invention, or insight, or work of art was ever produced by an external memory. Not yet, at least. -Joshua Foer

The fear of the never-ending onslaught of gizmos and gadgets is nothing new. The radio, the telephone, Facebook – each of these inventions changed the world. Each of them scared the heck out of an older generation. And each of them was invented by people who were in their 20s. -Daniel H. Wilson

I believe it was probably less than ten minutes that went by from the invention of photography to the point where people realized that they could lie with photographs. -Errol Morris

Thanks to the greatest invention of recent years, the MP3-playing alarm clock, I can now choose the song that wakes me up in the morning. -Rob Sheffield

I have to admit to not being the greatest technician, but stop motion animation gives me licence to create machines that wouldn't otherwise be possible – inventions that seem real and actually work. -Nick Park

In a single generation, the Internet has given to virtually every person on the face of the earth the ability to communicate with fellow human beings on virtually any topic, at any time, and in every nook and cranny on the globe. This magnificent invention has done this without succumbing to government control. -Bob Barr

I've fought court battles over my inventions before. -James Dyson

Stumbling upon the next great invention in an 'ah-ha!' moment is a myth. -James Dyson

I meet the designers very often, we discuss the products, they show me their ideas, we discuss the ad campaigns and every new invention that we can find for the future. -Bernard Arnault

Ever since the arrival of printing – thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people's minds – people have been arguing that new technology would have disastrous consequences for language. -David Crystal

Nearly all inventions are not recognised for their positive side either when they're made. So, for example, scientists didn't go out to design a CD machine: they designed a laser. But we got all sorts of things from a laser which we never remotely imagined, and we're still finding things for a laser to do. -Robert Winston

I think American television changed world television in its reinvention of the series. -Julian Fellowes

The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics – the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room. -Orson Welles

We sometimes forget that human invention can also be a subject of human invention: that might seem a modern notion, or a postmodern one, but novelists have taken time – sometimes time out from their realist fixations – to source and satirise the speech and power we rely on. -Andrew O'Hagan

As a medical doctor who chose a career in artificial heart technology rather than clinical practice, I decided not to take an internship, which is required for licensing. Instead, I work with invention, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, and clinical application of artificial hearts. -Robert Jarvik

The desire for reinvention seems to arise most often when companies hear the siren call of synergy and start to expand beyond their core businesses. -James Surowiecki

Intellectual-property rules are clearly necessary to spur innovation: if every invention could be stolen, or every new drug immediately copied, few people would invest in innovation. But too much protection can strangle competition and can limit what economists call 'incremental innovation' – innovations that build, in some way, on others. -James Surowiecki

If I was asked to say what was the greatest invention of human beings, I would say the sentence. -John Banville

We tend to think of divorced or complicated families as a modern invention, and that is not at all true. You only have to read the Greek myths to see broken homes, widows, divorce, stepchildren, children trying to get along with new parents. -Rick Riordan

The invention of the printing press was one of the most important events in human history. -Ha-Joon Chang

I believe that life-saving, essential drugs should be freely available and the innovator should be paid a suitable royalty payment for his invention. -Yusuf Hamied

The invention of the micro-loan was a big surprise to me. Who would have guessed loans of less than $20 made to poor people in undeveloped countries could create thriving local economies? And, even more surprisingly, that they more reliably pay off their debts than the wealthy of the world. -Joel A. Barker

Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Males have probably always enjoyed watching the defeat of other males, but without the invention of numerals and the subsequent invention of the concept of keeping score, we could never have had a million sports channels. -Patricia Marx

By welcoming eager, talented workers, we expand America's potential for growth, and our competitive culture of invention and possibility. -Ron Conway

Inventions are rarely just a sudden bright idea. Even if they are, they usually have antecedents in the form of pieces of the idea… Piecing these things together gives one a sense of where inventions come from, and that's interesting. -Richard Rhodes

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. -Orson Welles

No Latina woman would be called 'Ms.' – that's an invention of middle-class Anglo women. Latina women are proud to be called 'Mrs.' That simply means that we have a family. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

From stoplights to skyscrapers, turn anywhere in civilization and you will see imagination at work. It's in our inventions, advances and remedies and how a single parent masterminds each day. Imagination is boundless, surrounds us and resides in us all. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

When I think of invention, I always think of America. You're always seeing ads: 'Have you got the next big idea?' There seems to be that spirit in America of inventions and inventors. -Simon Cowell

The spirit of adventure to embrace the new and the incredible belief in the power of invention attracted me to the Russian avant-garde. -Zaha Hadid

We should have more invention. -Nathan Myhrvold

If people don't get paid for their inventions, that's not a good thing. In the case of many patents, there are people who aren't in a position to take them to the next level. If you don't enforce your rights, no one is going to enforce them for you. -Nathan Myhrvold

My company invents all kinds of new technology in lots of different areas. And we do that for a couple of reasons. We invent for fun – invention is a lot of fun to do – and we also invent for profit. The two are related because the profit actually takes long enough that if it isn't fun, you wouldn't have the time to do it. -Nathan Myhrvold

If we could create invention capitalism, that would be a helluva legacy, that would be a helluva thing to do… We could actually turbocharge the rate at which the world invents things. -Nathan Myhrvold

I'm one of the first invention capitalists. -Nathan Myhrvold

Intellectual Ventures is a company that invests in invention. -Nathan Myhrvold

Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity. -Leonardo da Vinci

Graphic design, which evokes the symmetria of Vituvius, the dynamic symmetry of Hambidge, the asymmetry of Mondrian; which is a good gestalt, generated by intuition or by computer, by invention or by a system of coordinates, is not good design if it does not communicate. -Paul Rand

California is a place of invention, a place of courage, a place of vision, a place of the future. People who made California what it is were willing to take risks, think outside convention and build. -Nicolas Berggruen

I understand what it is to go through emotional trauma and retreat and go into the world of your imagination. I understand how art and music can be a place of safety in a world of reinvention. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

My passions were an intersection between peace in the Middle East and climate change. I know how to understand a technology problem, break it into its components and solve it. I also knew I couldn't make peace solely through technological inventions. -Shai Agassi

I have a strong sense that every project is an invention, which is not a word I hear being used in architecture courses. -Thomas Heatherwick

The emergence of a hardware product from an African company marks a phase-change point for tech invention. The BRCK shows that great ideas can come from anywhere, that innovation comes from solving real problems with constrained resources. -Erik Hersman

Some of the most innocuous inventions have proven earth-shattering, with reverberations felt around the planet. The Internet is the poster child for disruptive technology, but even such inventions as Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPod have rocked their respective industries by changing how we entertain ourselves. -Lynda Resnick

A lot of the Google inventions came from engineers just screwing around with ideas. And then management would see them, and we'd say, 'Boy, that's interesting. Let's add some more engineers.' -Eric Schmidt

The imperial vastness of late Roman architecture was made possible by the invention of concrete. -Iain McGilchrist

When we developed written language, we significantly increased our functional memory and our ability to share insights and knowledge across time and space. The same thing happened with the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio. -Jamais Cascio

When people talk about televisual phenomena such as 'Big Brother,' I haven't a clue what they're talking about. Having said that, if I'm staying in a hotel and there's a television in there, I'll go straight to it and watch it as if it's some incredible new invention. -Jodhi May

There's a whole generation of young people who are faced with the so-called 'jobless recovery.' Necessity is the mother of invention. They are out there, all around the world, creating new companies. -Don Tapscott

Call waiting was, for me, that was like the best invention ever, because there was four kids in my family, and to get on the phone was impossible. -Maggie Carey

I think about the automobile, I think about like, when I was a kid, you know, the invention of the answering machine, which I was like, 'Wow.' Or call waiting, which was, like, very big. It was a very big thing. Call waiting was a very big thing. And these incremental innovations happen constantly. -Ashton Kutcher

The 'fiscal cliff' is a ruse, an invention by the right and the rich, to try and keep their huge tax breaks. -Michael Moore

This was the invention of modern American philanthropy as we know it. The idea of systematizing giving to achieve human progress was the true innovation of John D. Rockefeller, and ultimately the Rockefeller Foundation's legacy. -Judith Rodin

The Internet has destroyed irony in the world, or at least wounded it considerably. What are we to do about an invention whose end result is that starving people in China are looking up things on marthastewart.com? -Douglas Coupland

The idea of reinvention has always seemed bizarre to me. -Robert Smith

The computer is my favourite invention. I feel lucky to be part of the global village. I don't mean to brag, but I'm so fast with technology. People think it all seems too much, but we'll get used to it. I'm sure it all seemed too much when we were learning to walk. -Yoko Ono

Time has always been used against us on a certain level. The invention of the clock made us accountable to the employer, gave us a standard measure and stopwatch management, and it also led to the requirement of interest-bearing currency to grow over time, the requirement of the expansion of our economy. -Douglas Rushkoff

To me, the greatest invention of my lifetime is the laptop computer and the fact that I can be working on a book and be in an airport lounge, in a hotel room, and continue working; I fire up my laptop, and I'm in exactly the same place I was when I left home – that, to me, is a miracle. -Bill Bryson

I like characters. I like spirited characters whether they exist in fiction or real life. Whether they're the invention of artistic people or directors, musicians. I think music and art and fashion designers inspire me and I like characters. -Marc Jacobs

If Christianity is a mere invention of man, and the Bible is not from God, how can infidels explain Jesus Christ? His existence in history they cannot deny. How is it that without force or bribery, without arms or money, He has made such an immensely deep mark on the world as He certainly has? -J. C. Ryle

If Christianity is a mere invention of man, and the Bible is of no more authority than any other uninspired volume, how is it that the book is what it is? -J. C. Ryle

If Christianity is a mere invention of man, and not a supernatural, divine revelation, how is it that it has wrought such a complete alteration in the state of man kind? -J. C. Ryle

People often ask me how I feel about my invention being used to kill people every day and the AK being a common weapon of ethnic conflicts. I want to make it clear that I created my assault rifle to protect my country. You can blame politicians for its spreading out of control on a global scale. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

Life is composed of different inventions. I have continued to work at different things and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

I don't think that you can invent on behalf of customers unless you're willing to think long-term, because a lot of invention doesn't work. If you're going to invent, it means you're going to experiment, and if you're going to experiment, you're going to fail, and if you're going to fail, you have to think long term. -Jeff Bezos

It seems that I have always been ahead of my time. I had to wait nineteen years before Niagara was harnessed by my system, fifteen years before the basic inventions for wireless which I gave to the world in 1893 were applied universally. -Nikola Tesla

I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men. -Nikola Tesla

Great wealth could make an enormous difference over the next decade if they sensibly support the scientific elite. Just the elite. Because the elite makes most of the progress. You should worry about people who produce really novel inventions, not pedantic hacks. -James D. Watson

In every phase of the automotive industry, certain factors have been more important than all others in relation to the way the automobile has looked. Phase One is really the Ford story. Function and production were the most important considerations. The automobile was an invention, and it looked like one. -Raymond Loewy

I love technology. Matches, to light a fire, is really high tech. The wheel is really one of the great inventions of all time. Other than that, I am an ignoramus about technology. -William Shatner

Because we imagine, we can have invention and technology. It's actually play, not necessity, that is the mother of invention. -Alison Gopnik

Reinvention is the key to surviving this fashion industry. Madonna is the perfect example of reinvention. She has taken something that is so little and turned herself into a legend by simply never staying the same. -Janice Dickinson

Ultimately, I made my range wider because I wanted to suit each publication that I worked for. Talk about reinvention – I'm like the Madonna of photography. -Mario Testino

My very first publication was an estimator – this was a statistical procedure – a kind of invention. My father got a patent and started a business; it wasn't successful, but maybe I have some of him in me. -Robert J. Shiller

I have nothing against investment banking, but it's like massaging money rather than creating money. If you're in physics, you create inventions, you create lasers, you create transistors, computers, GPS. -Michio Kaku

It might interest you to know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist. The word 'pessimist' was not in our vocabulary at that time. It's a modern 'invention' which I believe we should 'dis-invent.' -Zig Ziglar

What novels do that biographies don't is get at truths by penetrating the facts, by going deeper to what's underneath fact, through invention. -Varley O'Connor

Invention is not enough. Tesla invented the electric power we use, but he struggled to get it out to people. You have to combine both things: invention and innovation focus, plus the company that can commercialize things and get them to people. -Larry Page

I have patches of insomnia, and I'm fascinated by the otherness of the world at night. The stillness. Daytime preoccupations fall away, standards change, thoughts change. It's a canvas for reinvention, I think. -Morag Joss

The Facebook of 2011, the Twitter of 2011 and the Google of 2011 are all understood to be in need of reinvention for a mobile-centric world with no clear strategy to make revenue. -Keith Teare

I suppose it's fair to say that I am interested in the invention of self or selves. We're all born into certain circumstances with particular physical traits, unique developmental experiences, geographical and historical contexts. -Sarah Jones

Homeopathy – an invention of the Father of Lies! I have tried it and found it wanting. I would swallow their whole doles' medicine chest for sixpence, and be sure of finding myself neither better nor worse for it. -Jane Welsh Carlyle

No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet. But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. -Sylvia Mathews Burwell

When you look at the actual data on technological innovation, one thing you see is that what I call the 'low-hanging fruit' has been exhausted. So radio, flush toilets, electricity, and automobiles – a lot of very basic inventions – have spread to almost all households. -Tyler Cowen

If everything is God's will, then so is the invention of the vaccine, just like the seatbelt. -Els Borst

The Internet is this whole new world that allows everyone to communicate and exchange information and be a perfect marketplace and just accelerate everybody's lives. So, for me, the Internet was the greatest invention of mankind so far. -Kim Dotcom

I discovered that bone china was a British invention, which had been developed by a pottery sited next to a slaughterhouse – 'bone' china, of course, contains bones, though we are inclined to forget that. -Christien Meindertsma

We're seeing the arrival of conversational robots that can walk in our world. It's a golden age of invention. -David Hanson

The International Space Station is a phenomenal laboratory, an unparalleled test bed for new invention and discovery. Yet I often thought, while silently gazing out the window at Earth, that the actual legacy of humanity's attempts to step into space will be a better understanding of our current planet and how to take care of it. -Chris Hadfield

The main ingredient of the first quantum revolution, wave-particle duality, has led to inventions such as the transistor and the laser that are at the root of the information society. -Alain Aspect

The model I came up with in 1964 is just the invention of a rather strange sort of medium that looks the same in all directions and produces a kind of refraction that is a little bit more complicated than that of light in glass or water. -Peter Higgs

What's interesting about the shift from an industrial age to a technological age is that we keep inventing new media: movies, records, radio, television, the Internet, and now ebooks – and one of the things that's most interesting about the invention of a new medium is watching it reinvent itself as it penetrates the culture. -David Gerrold

Just as producers often give consumers things they want but didn't think to ask for, consumers sometimes come up with surprising uses for new inventions. When a new product appears, it can uncover dissatisfactions and desires no one knew were there. -Virginia Postrel

Over most of history, threats have come from nature – disease, earthquakes, floods, and so forth. But the worst now come from us. We've entered a geological era called the anthropocene. This started, perhaps, with the invention of thermonuclear weapons. -Martin Rees

I think a fictional invention grows according to its own development, not the author's. Characters in fiction are not simply as alive as you and me, they are more alive. Becky Sharp, Elizabeth Bennett, and Don Quixote may not outlive the burning out of the sun, but they will certainly outlive the brief candle of our lives. -Cynthia Ozick

The idea was that you could grow a system like the Internet one network at a time and then interconnect them. In some sense, the most important thing was the invention of the architecture protocols that enabled the Internet. -Vint Cerf

In the field of outdoor sports, the American boy is easily capable of devising his own amusements, and until some proof is adduced that baseball is not his invention, I protest against this systematic effort to rob him of his dues. -John Montgomery Ward

Romney is a classic case of re-invention. As governor of Massachusetts, he supported government-sponsored healthcare, was sympathetic to gay rights, and opposed harsh restrictions on abortion. After measuring the difference between the Massachusetts electorate and the national one to which he must now appeal, he has reversed those positions. -Stephen Kinzer

I'm not a techie, but I don't know how I lived without an iPad! Mine comes with me everywhere. As greatest inventions go, it's up there with electricity and cars. -Joanna Garcia

One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing. To put myself in the position of writing to find out what I was writing. I did that with 'World's Fair,' as with all of them. The inventions of the book come as discoveries. -E. L. Doctorow

In England, there's no acknowledgement the invention of slavery came from Britain. -Chiwetel Ejiofor

I love dark chocolate. I'm also a peanut butter and chocolate fanatic. That's pretty much the greatest invention of the last century. -Tom Lenk

I have always been interested in the idea of self-reinvention. -Candice Millard

Teenagers ultimately don't mind belonging to a group, because there's always the opportunity to eventually become someone new. The elderly, by definition, are running out of opportunities for reinvention. -Charles Duhigg

The Hit Stick is a tremendous invention. It really gave you control as a defensive player because most of the time, 'Madden' is such an offensive game. But the Hit Stick really gave you the opportunity to shine on defense for the first time. -Larry Fitzgerald

At some point, when I finished school in Zurich, I suddenly realised that I was nobody. I couldn't find a shape. Everything I was had been invented. Initially, I took it to be a fundamental conflict. But today I find pleasure in accepting that this thing called 'identity' is the true invention. There's no way that it really exists. -Sophie Hunger

I don't read books. I read 'On the Road' in high school, and that was awesome, so I guess that's my favorite book. 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' even though I didn't read it, that's the greatest story. SparkNotes came in when I was in high school, and that was the greatest invention. -Meghan Trainor

Sometimes, thinking on your feet can be the most creative. Constrained circumstances can bring the best out of you. Some of the most successful shows come out of shoestring invention. -Cameron Mackintosh

The nice thing about animation is that you can realise your inventions without understanding all the hard theory. -Nick Park

To be censored is one sure way of knowing you have been taken dead seriously. It also speaks to the continuing power of the printed word, almost fifteen hundred years after that amazing invention. -Felice Picano

Science is to be much commended for the ingenuity, the patience, and the persistency it displays in the invention of instruments wherewith to ferret out the secrets of nature. -Max Heindel

To appropriate an invention, be it artistic or technical, you have to have at least a part of your spirit embracing it so radically that you somehow change. -Orhan Pamuk

Museums are western inventions where the rich and the powerful or the government and the state tend to exhibit the signs and symbol and images of their culture. -Orhan Pamuk

Neighbor is no longer confined to the vocabulary of the individual. It is a national word. Modern inventions have annihilated distance. Commercial relations have broken down barriers of race and religion, and the family of nations is a recognized fact. -David Josiah Brewer

I always knew I wanted to be a technologist, so I went to Duke and got a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Really, I thought my goal in life was to be an inventor, a problem solver, so I thought I needed a Ph.D. to be good at inventions, but it turns out that you don't. -Aaron Patzer

I consider myself an inventor first and an entrepreneur second. In real life, my hero is Thomas Edison. He was a great inventor, but also an outstanding entrepreneur who was able to sell his inventions to the masses. He didn't just develop the light bulb; he invented the entire electric grid and power distribution system. -Aaron Patzer

For my entire career, I have worked to bring electronic inventions to healthcare markets where there is a critical and urgent need. -Chris Toumazou

If you stop and think about it, the form of propulsion used today hasn't changed in over a thousand years… since the invention of fireworks by the Chinese. -Peter Diamandis

Information is crucial to our biological substance – our genetic code is information. But before 1950, it was not obvious that inheritance had anything to do with code. And it was only after the invention of the telegraph that we understood that our nerves carry messages, just like wires. -James Gleick

With the advent of computing, human invention crossed a threshold into a world different from everything that came before. The computer is the universal machine almost by definition, machine-of-all-trades, capable of accomplishing or simulating just about any task that can be logically defined. -James Gleick

When we work with history, to a very great degree we are all guessing. But by using motifs of time and history in a fantasy setting, we are acknowledging that this educated guesswork, invention, fantasy underlie our treatment of the past and its peoples – and we are not claiming a right to do with them as we will. -Guy Gavriel Kay

Everything we do is designed, whether we're producing a magazine, a website, or a bridge. Design is really the creative invention that designs everything. -Henry Petroski

Luxury, not necessity, is the mother of invention. Every artifact is somewhat wanting in its function, and that is what drives its evolution. -Henry Petroski

Oh my God, Zumba is the greatest invention ever for women. I like to exercise, though I do nothing consistently because I get bored and impatient. With Zumba, you're dancing, you're moving your hips. So much fun. -Robin Wright

Building a robot that has legs and walks around is a very expensive proposition. Mother Nature has created many wonderful things, but one thing we do have that nature doesn't is the wheel, a continuous rotating joint, and tracks, so we need to make use of inventions to make things simpler. -Colin Angle

Every new invention is like a baby. You think it may cure cancer or become the president, but in the end, you're happy it just stays out of jail. -Eric Betzig

I was so surprised because I'm not too sure whether I could win a Nobel Prize, you know, because basically, physics, it means that usually people was awarded for the invention of the basic theory. But in my case, not a basic theory, in my case just making the device, you know. -Shuji Nakamura

I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them. -Benjamin Franklin

In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances, invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth. -Oscar Wilde

I hope you will understand that architecture has nothing to do with the inventions of forms. It is not a playground for children, young or old. Architecture is the real battleground of the spirit. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

To us, the value of a work lies in its newness: the invention of new forms, or a novel combination of old forms, the discovery of unknown worlds or the exploration of unfamiliar areas in worlds already discovered – revelations, surprises. -Octavio Paz

The American War of Independence is the expulsion of the intrusive elements, alien to the American essence. If American reality is the reinvention of itself, whatever is found in any way irreducible or unassimilable is not American. -Octavio Paz

Wit invents; inspiration reveals. The inventions of wit are conceits – metaphors and paradoxes – that discover the secret correspondences that unite beings and things among and with themselves; inspiration is condemned to dissipate its revelations – unless a form can be found to contain them. -Octavio Paz

Failure is your invention. -Sophia Amoruso

The two inventions of the century, the car and the computer, are gradually coming closer together. -Martin Winterkorn

Jews, blacks and homosexuals are despised by the Christian and Communist majorities of East and West. Also, as a result of the invention of Israel, Jews can now count on the hatred of the Islamic world. -Gore Vidal

I loathe all political parties, which I regard as inventions of the devil. My favourite prime minister was Sir Alec Douglas-Home, not because he was on the Right, but because he spent a year in office without, on his own admission, doing a damned thing. -George MacDonald Fraser

You need to invent things and you need to get them to people. You need to commercialize those inventions. Obviously, the best way we've come up with doing that is through companies. -Larry Page

I think that short films often contain an originality, a creative freedom, an energy and an invention that is inspiring and entertaining. I think they are, as Shakespeare put it, a good deed in a naughty world. -Kenneth Branagh

From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. -Ernest Hemingway

I think I'd be quite good at Builder, like designer, construction… I've always liked making things. I'm quite good with my hands. So I think I'd be quite good at designing new inventions. -Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Of all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near or at the top as history unfolds and we look back. It is the most awesome tool that we have ever invented. I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time, historically, where this invention has taken form. -Steve Jobs

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously. -Benjamin Franklin

Nearly all the great improvements, discoveries, inventions, and achievements which have elevated and blessed humanity have been the triumphs of enthusiasm. -Orison Swett Marden

By the very nature of his art, which depends on invention and innovation, a story teller must depart from the beaten track and, having done so, occasionally startle and disagree with some of his associates. Healthy disagreement we must have. -Preston Sturges

To avoid becoming chronically unemployed, people need more than platitudes offering sympathy. Career reinvention requires encouragement and guidance. -Nina Easton

Bankruptocracy is as much a European predicament as it is an American 'invention.' The difference between the experience of the two continents is that at least Americans did not have to labour under the enormous design faults of the eurozone. -Yanis Varoufakis

Here is just the beginning of a list of skills that exam results cannot possibly hope to reflect: interpersonal skills, the ability to entertain, how articulate we are as speakers, our ability to work as part of a team, the ability to deal with challenges and invention. -Alexandra Adornetto

Imagination and invention go hand in hand. Remember how lack of resources was never a problem in childhood games? Shift a few pieces of furniture around the living room, and you have yourself a fort. -Alexandra Adornetto

The U.K. has been very progressive about on-demand, and the iPlayer has been a great invention. It has trained a generation of viewers to expect on-demand – unfortunately, it trains them to expect free! -Ted Sarandos

'Younger' is about reinvention and how age is very much a state of mind. I think the show is ultimately about reinvention. I do think it explores, ultimately, the differences between generations, through the prism of reinvention. That reinvention is possible. -Darren Star

Cable's on fire. Traditional broadcast TV's hearing a death knell. I sample as much television as possible. I like 'Homeland,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep.' Now reinvention's important. -Darren Star

To act: that is what the writer would like to be able to do, above all. To act, rather than to bear witness. To write, imagine, and dream in such a way that his words and inventions and dreams will have an impact upon reality, will change people's minds and hearts, will prepare the way for a better world. -J. M. G. Le Clezio

Language is the most extraordinary invention in the history of humanity, the one which came before everything and which makes it possible to share everything. -J. M. G. Le Clezio

The Obama Administration cares deeply about innovation and about helping to make sure that geeks across the country, those coming up with new discoveries and exciting inventions – and creating jobs along the way – have the freedom and security to keep innovating. -Todd Park

Almost overnight, white people have gone from being very powerful to potentially irrelevant. Their future in South Africa is not what many had envisaged, so it involves a lot of reinvention. -Damon Galgut

As in biomedical science, pioneering industrial inventions have not been mothered by necessity. Rather, inventions for which there was no commercial use only later became the commercial airplanes, xerography and lasers on which modern society depends. -Arthur Kornberg

My grandfather was Jacques Cousteau, a pioneer of ocean exploration and the co-inventor of scuba diving. Back in the 1940s when he tested out his invention which allowed humans to swim freely in the ocean with a portable air source for the first time in history, very little of the ocean had been explored let alone captured on film. -Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

When I left for college, I told myself that this was a chance for reinvention. No one on the other side of the country knew that I was an introvert, so maybe if I tried not acting like an introvert, I wouldn't be one. -Andrea Seigel

I don't really know what the future of science is. Maybe we have come to the end of science; maybe science is a finite field. The inventions resulting from this finite field, however, are boundless. -Ivar Giaever

Science is to find something unknown, while invention is to make something new out of the known theory. -Ivar Giaever

Do not share your inventions with many; share them only with the few who understand and love the sciences. -Filippo Brunelleschi

To disclose too much of one's inventions and achievements is one and the same thing as to give up the fruit of one's ingenuity. -Filippo Brunelleschi

Skype is a wonderful invention. It might be my favorite thing because I get to see my family and the ones that you love. -Jamie Lawson

I loved playing with the mix of fantastical inventions and real ones. I hope kids will start logbooks to record their own creations. -Marissa Moss

Tim Berners-Lee, the 44-year-old English physicist who created the World Wide Web, is precisely the kind of hero that a relatively simple invention with profound social and economic consequences should lay claim to. He is not just creative but democratic, diplomatic, polite and generous with credit and praise. -Katie Hafner

Glam really did plant seeds for a new identity. I think a lot of kids needed that – that sense of reinvention. Kids learned that however crazy you may think it is, there is a place for what you want to do and who you want to be. -David Bowie

What people can excel our Northern and New England brethren in skill, invention, activity, energy, perseverance, and enterprise? -John C. Calhoun

The more I draw and write, the more I realise that accidents are a necessary part of any creative act, much more so than logic or wisdom. Sometimes a mistake is the only way of arriving at an original concept, and the history of successful inventions is full of mishaps, serendipity and unintended results. -Shaun Tan

I'm a huge fan of online communities. I think that asynchronous internet-based communication forums such as Reddit and other discussion forums are one of the best things that could possibly have happened to collaborative invention. The Rift certainly would not exist without forums. -Palmer Luckey

The most dazzling aspect of 'Possession' is Ms. Byatt's canny invention of letters, poems and diaries from the 19th century. -Jay Parini

Internally, we're focused on building our own technology, leveraging all the momentum that's out there around wearable computing and mobile computing and PC computing. But at the end of the day, all the code we've written and all the invention we've created has been focused on our own tech and our own products. -Brendan Iribe

For the continued survival of our planet and humanity, it is crucial that certain discoveries and skills and inventions made by people over the years be passed on from one human generation to the next, from one person, face-to-face, to another. -Chris Raschka

To learn to ride a bicycle, as with the other great noble human inventions, is a hugely complex activity. Generally, it requires three things: the learner, the teacher and the bicycle, all in the same place at the same time, most often outside someplace. -Chris Raschka

In primitive society, man produced directly for the satisfaction of his own wants, but with the development of society came differentiation of function; exchange and barter arose, various trades sprang up, and with the necessity of commercial intercourse came the invention of money. -Charles A. Beard

Pirates did not store all their treasures in treasure chests, then bury them and draw maps to them. That's a movie invention. In reality, pirates spent their money as fast as they could steal it because they knew they were living on borrowed time. They didn't want to wait around to enjoy the money. -Robert Kurson

A secret control slip is a wonderful invention. It sculpts and lifts the bum and smooths the hips. -Marie Helvin

The practice of narrative and argument does not lead to invention, but it compels a certain coherence of thought. -Jean Piaget

I bade adieu to mechanical inventions, determined to devote the rest of my life to the study of the inventions of God. -John Muir

Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty-odd years, the world has seen an inventor's dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality. -Amelia Earhart

The common base of all the Semitic creeds, winners or losers, was the ever present idea of world-worthlessness. Their profound reaction from matter led them to preach bareness, renunciation, poverty; and the atmosphere of this invention stifled the minds of the desert pitilessly. -T. E. Lawrence

For my grandmother's generation, the big invention was cake mix; for our moms, it was the microwave, and for me, it's the iPhone. And that's enabled us to do so many different things more efficiently at home. -Brit Morin

Usually, I work every day, seven days a week. When I go three days without writing, my body aches with anxiety; my mood is irritable. My night dreams grow wild with unconscious invention. -Pete Hamill

Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil. -Herbert Hoover

Seeing the work of directors like Romeo Castellucci, Ivo van Hove, Thomas Ostermeier, and Simon McBurney and Theatre de Complicite, was, and continues to be, hugely important to me. To my mind, these are artists who are forging new languages of performance and storytelling, and their constant reinvention is very inspiring. -Sophie Hunter

In the Sixties, there were no guidebooks to Asia, at least none that suited young shoestring travelers. No one on the hippie highway carried a copy of Fodor's 'Islamic Asia.' The route to spiritual enlightenment wasn't revealed in the pages of the latest Baedeker. Intrepids were on a journey of spontaneity and reinvention. -Rory MacLean

The biggest invention of modern time is the book. The book is a digital medium; book text is written in a different form and replicable. What it really does is it allows us to replicate cultural information, scientific technology, and information out of the human brain. -Sebastian Thrun

The market town of Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire, was a popular 19th – century English spa. Its mineral springs were supposed to be good for you. This was before the invention of bran. In the 20th century, Cheltenham grew into an active municipality. -Edith Pearlman

My father was a photographer at the National Bureau of Standards. A self-educated man, he never finished high school, but in his career at the National Bureau of Standards, he made many useful inventions and eventually became chief of the Photographic Technology Section. -Raymond Davis, Jr.

In 2008, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for work done on a molecule called green fluorescent protein that was isolated from the bioluminescent chemistry of a jellyfish, and it's been equated to the invention of the microscope in terms of the impact that it has had on cell biology and genetic engineering. -Edith Widder

There is a great difference between discoveries and inventions. With discoveries, one can always be skeptical, and many surprises can take place. In the case of inventions, surprises can really only occur for people who have not had anything to do with it. -Werner Heisenberg

How are the faculties of man to be best developed and his happiness secured? The state of a king is not favorable to this, nor the state of the noble and rich men of the earth. All this is artificial life, the inventions of vanity and grasping ambition, by which we have spoiled the man of nature and of pure, simple, and undistorted impulses. -William Godwin

Every device there is in language is there to be used, if you will. Poets have got to enjoy themselves sometimes, and the twistings and convolutions of words, the inventions and contrivances, are all part of the joy that is part of the painful, voluntary work. -Dylan Thomas

Skype is one of the world's greatest inventions. I use it almost daily to connect with the people I care about when I'm away shooting. It makes the distance so much more bearable and I actually feel like I'm in the same room as my loved ones. -Claire Holt

Every mind is a clutter of memories, images, inventions and age-old repetitions. It can be a ghetto, too, if a ghetto is a sealed-off, confined place. Or a sanctuary, where one is free to dream and think whatever one wants. For most of us it's both – and a lot more complicated. -Margo Jefferson

For me, a diva is like the great opera singer, the great film star – out of reach, in their own world, with a real gift for invention: attention-demanding performance artists with a flamboyant, compelling sense of their own importance so special and inimitable it verges on the alien. -Grace Jones

I wish I owned stock in Nicorette. I love Nicorette. Best invention ever. -Justin Theroux

In medicine, there's a fairly large but still finite body of knowledge that you need at hand for most of your daily work. It takes a few years to learn it, but once it's there, it's there. With writing, on the other hand, every new book – indeed, every new story – is a fresh and terrifying reinvention of everything. -Ethan Canin

I don't think there is such a thing as pure imagination. I think it's a combination of memory and invention. -Ethan Canin

The invention of ethical and political doctrines, which blossomed into our own social sciences, is a product of times when things appeared manageable. The same goes for the criticism of those doctrines, though as a voice from the past, this criticism proved prophetic. -Joseph Brodsky

Can you imagine being Leonardo Da Vinci in the 1400s trying to describe his ideas for machines that would allow humans to fly to the average person of his time? This is hundreds of years before the invention of electricity, the internal combustion engine, and many other things we take for granted today. -Fabrizio Moreira

I've had to listen to candidates tell me they are the most wonderful thing since the invention of sliced bread, and it bores me to death. It also makes me doubt that they are actually any good at all – plus it's an attitude that would never fly in the culture I've created in my company. -John Rampton

Venice is a place that is high on reinvention. The kind of place that you can go and be whoever it is you want to be and do whatever it is you want to do, and nobody's really going to ask you a lot of questions about it. -Will Arnett

What is there more unruly than the sea, with its winds, its tornadoes, and its tempests? And yet in what department of her works has Nature been more seconded by the ingenuity of man than in this, by his inventions of sails and of oars? -Pliny the Elder

The invention of money opened a new field to human avarice by giving rise to usury and the practice of lending money at interest while the owner passes a life of idleness. -Pliny the Elder

I'm an invention of the Internet. I'm like, the Internet went away for a few years and designed what the perfect online personality would look like and came back with me. -Milo Yiannopoulos

I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself. -Walt Mossberg

Ironically, the original Detroit Stock Exchange once sat less than a thousand feet from StockX headquarters here in downtown Detroit. It is only fitting that we are going to build the next iteration of the world's most efficient market invention almost in the same spot. -Dan Gilbert

Cockneys make good beggars. They are held in high esteem by the fraternity in America. Their resource, originality and invention, and a never-faltering tongue enable them to often attain their ends where others fail, and they succeed where the natives starve. -W. H. Davies

I'd take garbage, and I'd glue them together and create inventions. -Ann Makosinski

One rule of invention: before you can invent it, you have to imagine it. -James Gunn

Touring is the best invention of all time, so if I have to suffer a little bit of payback for having all this fun, then so be it. -James Blunt

Patents have a place in medical science – for new inventions that advance the state of knowledge. -Adam Cohen

Most inventions are based on some prior history. -Ralph H. Baer

I used to like to come up with inventions because I hated working so much when I had my day job. I thought, 'All I need is a great idea, and I'm out of here.' -Kumail Nanjiani

Writing genetic code like we do software will usher in a completely new way of living for all of us. When this happens, our society will be as fundamentally changed as we have seen from the invention of computers. -Arvind Gupta

Technology has long been the driver of growth in the music business from the invention of lacquers, eight-track players, vinyl, cassettes and CDs. -Troy Carter

I learned a lot about self-reinvention. How you can be born Milton Sternberg in the Bronx and then become Monroe Stahr in Hollywood. -Matt Bomer

It was amazing feeling to be able to be involved in invention, but not just invention – the creating of a marketplace that had real value to add. -Blythe Masters

Truly new inventions take time to play out. -Ellen Ullman

In general, I think my freedom of invention is not limited when I use historical characters. -Mario Vargas Llosa

If you're someone in the business of verifying transactions on a proprietary network, the invention of Bitcoin cannot be safely ignored. It will change or disrupt the providers of most proprietary payment networks in the coming years. -Brian Armstrong

In addition to encouraging failure, I would also encourage companies to broadly create a culture of innovation. That should mean more than just technology and invention; it should mean something millennials know well: Ingenuity. -Cathy Engelbert

UKIP's success would never have happened without the invention of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. -Nigel Farage

Google is arguably one of the greatest inventions. The search engine is one of the greatest inventions in human history. -Franklin Foer

Shoes are a great invention. They keep us from stepping on nails. Your feet stay clean and warm and dry. -Carrie Brownstein

Unlike the American inventions and achievements that have expanded horizons of possibility, our nation's tax code has become an excessive burden that strangles individual opportunity and economic freedom. -Kevin Brady

For thousands of years, until about 1850, you see humans accumulating more and more power by the invention of new technologies and by new systems of organization in the economy and in politics, but you don't see any real improvement in the well-being of the average person. -Yuval Noah Harari

I think the history of western feminism is one that is fraught with racism, and I think it's important to acknowledge that and, at the same time, to say that feminism is not the western invention, that my great-grandmother in what is now south-western Nigeria is feminist. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aren't we all dreamers? It's only because man dreamt of flying that we are travelling in planes. Behind all inventions, we see the dreams of people. -Ajith Kumar

Training readers to expect a voice or subject matter from me would interfere with the reinvention I crave. At the same time, I feel almost too able to disappear at times. -Jennifer Egan

If you think about it, many of the great inventions of the last 200 years were designed to replace human labor. Tractors were developed to substitute mechanical power for human physical toil. -David Autor

If it wasn't for my primary school teacher reminding me to be observant, I may not have had the inspiration to think of my invention. -Zhou Qunfei

My bookshelves chiefly function as a snapshot of what I was reading prior to the invention of the Kindle. -Charlie Brooker

I'm not able to work anymore as an actor and still at the level I would want to… you start to lose your memory. You start to lose your confidence. You start to lose your invention. So, that's pretty much a closed book for me. -Paul Newman

The IP system is an artificial construct that excessively rewards owners of intellectual property, granting them monopolies over inventions and ideas that, in many cases, are the product of generations of thinkers and/or publicly funded research. -Guy Standing

Everything that can be associated to ideas, inventions, copyrights, and patents is part of the IP world – at least, that's my definition. That all starts with people. Education is key. -Jean-Philippe Courtois

At the end of the day, if you want to create more IP and more invention, you need to connect between research and entrepreneurs. People who are going to take a risk. -Jean-Philippe Courtois

There is always an underlying spirit of invention at Nike – we love to create something that has never before existed. And not just new for the sake of new – it has to be better. -Mark Parker

If we stay focused on data and the real issues, we can tailor our inventions to enhance public health and safety while decreasing the likelihood of racial discrimination. -Carl Hart

I like to capture the spirit of what the writers intended but find my own nuances. That comes from jazz – the invention and freeness within a structure. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

Old companies that had nothing to do with software in the past all have software development activities to unlock the invention that's occurring inside of these organizations. And so the developer is a very important part of that overall ecosystem. -Peter Levine

Scheduled shipping is one of many inventions that has made New York a global capital of innovation and creativity – from Willis Carrier's invention of air conditioning in Buffalo and George Eastman's breakthrough film technology in Rochester to the rise of hip-hop in the South Bronx and the world's first cell phone call in Midtown Manhattan. -Joe Gebbia

The hotel industry is a very modern invention – it only really started to become branded in the 1950s. -Joe Gebbia

I grew up in a weird environment. My mother's head of the home video division, basically. She played a big role in the invention of DVD – she won an Emmy for it. Or rather, she's part of a group that won an Emmy for it. -Tom King

I think the automation of vision is a much bigger deal than the invention of perspective. -Trevor Paglen

If necessity is the mother of invention, urgency is the uncle of change. Without it, progress slows and then stops and then reverses. -Nell Scovell

Most scientific or engineering discoveries would never become successful products without contributions from other scientists or engineers. Every major invention is the child of far-flung parents who may never meet. -Vaclav Smil

I took a break from acting for a little bit, came back, and didn't know how it was going to be, but I had so much fun. I really had, like, a reinvention, a renewal. -Cole Sprouse

Something I found while writing 'Alice & Oliver' – a book that is unquestionably a work of fiction, but which also borrows details from my own life – is that writing the truth often requires invention and imagination. -Charles Bock

The invention of gas and electric heaters has not meant the end of fireplaces. Printing did not end penmanship, television did not kill radio, movies did not kill theatre, and home videos did not kill movie theaters, although all these things were falsely predicted. -Mark Kurlansky

The inventors we remember didn't invent anything. They're the people who took somebody else's invention and made it commercially viable. -Mark Kurlansky

I remember my mum coming into my bedroom when I was lying awake one night, and she asked what I was thinking of… And I was telling her about the inventions I would invent, and she said, 'Can't you ever just think stupid thoughts?' -B. J. Novak

Is time our invention, or is time a real thing… I realize we're measuring it, but in the cosmic scheme of things, is there really time? -Art Bell

It's quite unbelievable that Charlie Crist is getting away with this reinvention of himself – this rewriting of history for blatantly political purposes. Other than his gender, the guy has flip-flopped on everything, and I don't put that past him either. -Ana Navarro

I hate rules. I hate 'This is the way things are done'. I hate a lack of reinvention. I hate theatre as an archeological exercise. Theatre needs to be urgent. -John Tiffany

Our most valuable resources – creativity, communication, invention, and reinvention – are, in fact, unlimited. -David Grinspoon

Like the invention of the printing press before it, the Internet has been the greatest instrumentality of free speech and the exchange of ideas in the history of mankind. -Scott Pruitt

The Internet, one of the great inventions of the modern Western world, has shown itself to be a weapon that can be used to incite and train those who wish to cause harm to that world. -Richard N. Haass

Architects typically inherit programmes or sites. We maybe twist the programme a little bit, bring our own invention into it, and we feel perfectly happy when we walk away. It doesn't feel like quite enough. -Elizabeth Diller

Traditions are the inventions of people who mean to routinely put love and comfort and meaning into their lives and in the lives of those they live with. -Elizabeth Berg

The mechanical loom and the calculator have shown us that technology is both disruptive and filled with opportunities. But it would be hard to find a decent argument that we would have been better off without these inventions. -Oren Etzioni

Self-reinvention is an encouraging conceit. It is simply not always a possible one. -Alissa Quart

We created NATO. It was a United States invention for the collective security of Europe. It has been a Russian desire since 1947 to break up NATO. -Malcolm Nance

We live in an era of reinvention: Madonna and everybody desperately trying to change their persona. -James Lapine

Every time we make a new invention, we think we're going to save the world, but eventually, we understand that the real virtues of that new invention have mostly to do with commerce. Then we feel a huge emptiness, and we want to fill it with beauty. -Robert Lepage

Scientific knowledge is, by its nature, provisional. This is due to the fact that as time goes on, with the invention of better instruments, more data and better data hone our understanding further. Social, cultural, economic, and political context are relevant to our understanding of how science works. -Priyamvada Natarajan

Was there ever a better invention in the cookie world than the Oreo? -Rachel Hollis

If people in Russia do not take the path of traditional, pure Sufi Islam, Russia will lose out. All the other denominations, like Wahhabism, are new inventions for our country – we have never had it, and we will never accept it. -Ramzan Kadyrov

Reading or written language is a cultural invention that necessitated totally new connections among structures in the human brain underlying language, perception, cognition, and, over time, our emotions. -Maryanne Wolf

The invention of the African American, or the Haitian or Jamaican, is a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade. -Kerry James Marshall

Thanksgiving is America's favourite holiday, and a brilliant piece of personal as well as patriotic calendrical invention. -Linda Colley

The criminalization of file sharing is pathetic. It's so pathetic, it's almost funny. Imagine if the radio people would have lobbied for a federal law enforcement agency to raid all homes for illegal transmissions of moving picture experiments in order to stop the invention of television. It's ludicrous. -Lexi Alexander

I was a child in the '60s and a teenager in the '70s, which was the golden age of film as far as I'm concerned, between American film and the Italian reinvention of genre film. -George Pelecanos

The promise of artificial intelligence and computer science generally vastly outweighs the impact it could have on some jobs in the same way that, while the invention of the airplane negatively affected the railroad industry, it opened a much wider door to human progress. -Paul Allen

What I do is I basically make records to please myself first and foremost, and so one of the most important things for me as a musician and a writer and a producer is to feel like there's always a sense of evolution and reinvention with each record. -Steven Wilson

The bicycle might just be the greatest of all inventions. It empowers the human machine, and with no input beyond perhaps a trendy isotonic health drink in a brightly coloured bottle at an inflated price. -James May

After the wheel, the PlayStation is the best invention of all time. -Andrea Pirlo

I had my first band. it was kind of a progressive metal band kind of thing. I just started writing songs that required more and more challenging vocals, and I just did them. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So I just sort of did what I had to do to make the songs sound the way I wanted them to. -Alissa White-Gluz

The Indian economy has declined because of the peculiar Indian 'invention' of that perfidious financial derivative called Participatory Notes, or PNs, otherwise known as the crony/crooked facilitator for black-money-based portfolio investment. No other country would think of such a derivative. -Subramanian Swamy

I've seen the invention of television and performed on television even before my family owned one. -Carl Reiner

I think the Internet is the greatest invention since women. -Nicolas Winding Refn

I think that Napster is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Napster, to me, is liberation and freedom for artists. -KRS-One

I like to think of Photography 1.0 as the invention of photography. Photography 2.0 is digital technology and the move from film and paper to everything on a chip. Photography 3.0 is the use of the camera, space, and color and to capture an object in the third dimension. -Edward Burtynsky

To me, Los Angeles was the invention of the suburb. They figured it out and perfected it and created a city that was dependent on the automobile. -Edward Burtynsky

I know it is one of the most important instruments and inventions, the electric guitar, to me, since television or movies or anything like that. -John 5

In life, there are really complex, difficult jobs, and some are more complicated and difficult than others. But when you look around at inventions, or records that have been broken, you have to tell yourself that anything is possible. -Gareth Southgate

I took my son to an exhibition about inventing things, and he was so inspired he started collecting toilet rolls and empty bottles for his own 'inventions.' -Ben Miller

The Internet, arguably the fastest world-changing invention since the Gutenberg printing press, has become the core of our social and business lives. -Jay Inslee

There are conventions for people with serious, boring inventions, but fad inventors need help. You need someone to talk to. You just can't tell your friends you're going to invent a pet rock and mortgage your house to pay for it. It's embarrassing… risky mentally. Your friends think you're crazy. -Ken Hakuta

When I did inventions, I always thought only of the invention itself, but the kids would ask for marketing materials. -Ken Hakuta

A lot of great inventions are just little improvements on past ideas. -Ken Hakuta

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