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Invention Quotes


These are some of the best 'Invention' quotations and sayings.

A fine invention is nothing more than a fine deviation from, or enlargement on a fine model. - Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality.

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.

God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

He that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.

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.

Invention is a kind of muse, which, being possessed of the other advantages common to her sisters, and being warmed by the fire of Apollo, is raised higher than the rest.

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.

Invention requires an excited mind; execution, a calm one.

Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. See quote detail

It is frivolous to fix pedantically the date of particular inventions. They have all been invented over and over fifty times. Man is the arch machine, of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure, just so far as the need is.

Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no materials can produce no combinations.

The great inventor is one who has walked forth upon the industrial world, not from universities, but from hovels; not as clad in silks and decked with honors, but as clad in fustian and grimed with soot and oil.

Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve; we may give somewhat of novelty to that which was old, condensation to that which was diffuse, perspicuity to that which was obscure, and currency to that which was recondite.