Innovation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old innovation quotes, innovation sayings, and innovation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.     

Peter Drucker

Innovation accelerates and compounds. Each point in front of you is bigger than anything that ever happened.

Marc Andreessen

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.     

Edmund Burke

Pure innovation is more gross than error.

George Chapman

Innovation is creativity with a job to do.     

John Emmerling

Innovation happens because there are people out there doing and trying a lot of different things.

Edward Felten

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs

Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.

Tom Freston

Innovation is the calling card of the future.

Anna Eshoo

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.

Brene Brown

Innovation is serendipity, so you don't know what people will make.     

Tim Berners-Lee

Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public.

Ludwig Von Mises

Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.     

Bill Gates

A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules.

Vivek Wadhwa

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

Dr. Linus Pauling

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

Albert Von Szent-Gyorgy

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.     

Albert Einstein

Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.

James Bertrand

There's a way to do it better - find it.

Thomas Edison

The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.     

Edwin H. Land

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.

James Russell Lowell

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Albert Einstein

Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.     

Frank Tyger

Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.     

Watts Humprey

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.     

Erich Fromm

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.

Ken Robinson

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.

Charles Brower

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.     

Albert Camus

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

Alan Kay

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.     

Arthur Koestler