Invention Sayings and Quotes

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


The lack of imagination or invention most people display in naming pussies is almost beyond credence.     

Carl Van Vechten

Invention is arrived at by intelligent stumbling.     

Amar Bose

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

Ambrose Bierce

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.     

William Congreve

Invention is the pleasure you give yourself when other people's stuff isn't good enough.     

Julie Newmar

Inventions that are not made, like babies that are not born, are not missed.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.     

Edwin H. Land

Invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don't do anything new.     

Jeff Bezos

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.     

Mary Shelley

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.     

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood.     

Jeff Bezos

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

Douglas Engelbart

Invention depends altogether upon execution or organization; as that is right or wrong so is the invention perfect or imperfect.     

William Blake

An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started.     

Tim O'Reilly

Invention consists in the capacity of seizing on the capabilities of a subject, and in the power of moulding and fashioning ideas suggested to it.     

Mary Shelley

Invention isn't some impenetrable brand of magic; anyone can have a go.     

Trevor Baylis

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

Thomas Edison

The way good inventions are made is to familiarize yourself with those of others. The men who cultivate letters and the arts are all sons of Homer.     

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Invention requires both disciplines, strict common sense and wild imagination.     

Vanna Bonta

It is naturally given to all men to esteem their own inventions best.     

Thomas More

Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.     

William James

Invention presupposes imagination but should not be confused with it.     

Igor Stravinsky

Invention is nothing more than a fine deviation from, or enlargement on a fine model.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Almost always the men who achieve these fundamental inventions of a new paradigm have been either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change.     

Thomas S. Kuhn

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

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.     

Nikola Tesla

Invention is activity of mind, as fire is air in motion; a sharpening of the spiritual sight, to discern hidden aptitudes.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

Great inventions are never, and great discoveries are seldom, the work of any one mind. Every great invention is really an aggregation of minor inventions, or the final step of a progression. It is not usually a creation, but a growth, as truly so as is the growth of the trees in the forest.     

Robert H. Thurston

Inventions become perfect by slow improvement, and each step is itself an invention.     

Joseph Jastrow

Invention is almost the only literary labour which blindness cannot obstruct.     

Samuel Johnson