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 Szent-Gyorgyi

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

Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.     

L. Duncan

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.     

Arthur C. Clarke

Innovation is the creation of the new or the re-arranging of the old in a new way.     

Michael Vance

Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done, and done right.     

Walt Disney

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.     

Woody Allen

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.     

General George Patton

Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Innovation is all about people. Innovation thrives when the population is diverse, accepting and willing to cooperate.     

Vivek Wadhwa

An innovation will get traction only if it helps people get something that they're already doing in their lives done better.     

Clayton M. Christensen

Predicting innovation is something of a self-canceling exercise: the most probable innovations are probably the least innovative.     

P. J. O'Rourke

An innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live and work.     

Dean Kamen

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.     

Steve Jobs

When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts.     

Larry Ellison

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.     

Margaret Heffernan

Innovation, being avant garde, is always polemic.     

Ferran Adria

The process of innovation is, of course, never ending.     

Alan Greenspan

Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.     

Bill Gates

Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.     

Michael Porter

Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat.     

Steve Jobs

Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.     

Thomas Disch