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Enjoy this collection of my favorite quotes on innovation.

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt

“Innovation is creativity with a job to do.” – John Emmerling

“Imagination plus innovation equals realization.” – Denis Waitley

“Ideas are useless unless used.” – T. Levitt

“Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.” – Anatole France

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iaccocca

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“One of the challenges of innovation is figuring out how to wipe your mind clean about what you should be doing at any given moment, and not having a religious attachment to what’s gotten you there thus far.” – Andrew Mason

“Everybody believes in innovation until they see it. Then they think, ‘Oh, no; that’ll never work. It’s too different.’” – Nolan Bushnell

“Innovation is hard. It really is. Because most people don’t get it. Remember, the automobile, the airplane, the telephone, these were all considered toys at their introduction because they had no constituency. They were too new.” – Nolan Bushnell

“The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.” – Kevin Kelly

“An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.” – Max Planck

“For better or worse, that is true with any new innovation, certainly any new technological innovation. There’s many good things that come out of it, but also some bad things. All you can do is try to maximize the good stuff and minimize the bad stuff.” – Steve Case

“We seem to forget that innovation doesn’t just come from equations or new kinds of chemicals, it comes from a human place. Innovation in the sciences is always linked in some way, either directly or indirectly, to a human experience.” – John Maeda

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” – Margaret Heffernan

“Innovation is all about people. Innovation thrives when the population is diverse, accepting and willing to cooperate.” – Vivek Wadhwa

“Societies advance through innovation every bit as much as economies do.” – Geoff Mulgan

“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.” – Steven Johnson

“Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.” – Bill Gates

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” – Steve Jobs

“You have to combine both things: invention and innovation focus, plus the company that can commercialize things and get them to people.” – Larry Page

“Most companies don’t have the luxury of focusing exclusively on innovation. They have to innovate while stamping out zillions of widgets or processing billions of transactions.” – Gary Hamel

“I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” – Jeff Bezos

“Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.” – L Duncan

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.” – Michael Porter

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

“The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present the decline will be fast.” – Peter Drucker

“Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation.” – Thomas Friedman

“Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone.” – Bill Gates

“Conservatism cherishes tradition; innovation fetishizes novelty. They tug in different directions, the one toward the past, the other toward the future.” – Jill Lepore

“A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules.” – Vivek Wadhwa

“Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public.” – Ludwig von Mises

“Innovation, being avant garde, is always polemic.” – Ferran Adria

“We must not confuse distortion with innovation; distortion is useless change, art is beneficial change.” – Chuck Jones

“Creative experimentation propels our culture forward. That our stories of innovation tend to glorify the breakthroughs and edit out all the experimental mistakes doesn’t mean that mistakes play a trivial role. As any artist or scientist knows, without some protected, even sacred space for mistakes, innovation would cease.” – Evgeny Morozov

“Innovation almost always is not successful the first time out. You try something and it doesn’t work and it takes confidence to say we haven’t failed yet … Ultimately you become commercially successful.” – Clayton Christensen

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brene Brown

“Pure innovation is more gross than error.” – George Chapman

“We owe our existence to innovation. Our species exists thanks to four billion years of genetic innovation.” – Gary Hamel

“Time is the greatest innovator.” — Sir Francis Bacon

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48 Quotes On Attitude

December 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment |

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Enjoy this collection of my favorite quotes on attitude.

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” – Buddha

“Life is like a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” – Ernest Holmes

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“Attitude is everything.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” ― Irving Berlin

“It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.” – Zig Ziglar

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” – Khalil Gibran

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.” – William James

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It’s successful outcome.” – William James

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you thing about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized.” – Paul Myer

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – John C. Maxwell

“Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.” – Earl Nightingale

“We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” – Albert Einstein

“Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.” Winston Churchill

“I’ve always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.” – Willis Whitney

“They can because they think they can.” – Virgil

“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” – Denis Waitley

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” – Muhammad Ali

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” – Ralph Marston

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out” – John Wooden

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – Walter Scott

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” – Og Mandino

“A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.” – Willa Cather

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana

“Humor prevents a hardening of the attitudes.” – Joel Goodman

“Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.” – Federico Fellini

“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.” – David Bailey

“The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. Frankl

“Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.” – Anonymous

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” – John C. Maxwell

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.” – Irving Berlin

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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77 Quotes On Change

November 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment |

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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on change.

“Some men see things the way they are and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream things that never were, and ask ‘Why not?” — George Bernard Shaw

“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” — William James

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” – Bertold Brecht

“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus

“Change alone is unchanging.” – Heraclitus

“Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Change brings opportunity.” – Nido Qubein

“Change in all things is sweet.” – Aristotle

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on Simplicity.

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” ― John Maeda

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” ― E.F. Schumacher

“Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.” – Edward Tuft

“Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.” – Alan Perlis

“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” – Martin H. Fischer

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs

“Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point.” – Maurice Saatchi

“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.” – Edward Teller

“The simplest things are often the truest.” – Richard Bach

“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” – Winston Churchill

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” ― Isaac Newton

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” ― Isaac Newton

“As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.” – Albrecht Durer

“I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.” ― Albert Einstein

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.” ― William Golding

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.” – Bruce Lee

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” – Plato

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” – Walt Whitman

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.” – William of Occam

“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” – Frederic Chopin

“Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one’s self by entering into the real sense of things.” – Constantin Brancusi

“The more simple we are, the more complete we become.” ― August Rodin

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac

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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on making connections.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs

“Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another.” ― Umberto Eco

“Facts are stupid until brought into connection with some general law.” – Louis Agassiz

“Any method by which you get to see things that you haven’t seen before hones your practiced ability to make connections.” — Stephen Metcalf

“Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.” – John Berger

“A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.” – Norman Cousins

“The future of publishing is about having connections to readers and the knowledge of what those readers want.” – Seth Godin

“Green business is not about tie-dyed T-shirts. It’s about transforming the industrial system itself into one that looks at all the connections.” – Paul Hawken

“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” – Charles Eames

“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.” – Anais Nin

“One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.” – Gaston Bachelard

“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” ― Charles Dickens

“A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.” – Heraclitus of Ephesus

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. -John Muir

“A typical neuron makes about ten thousand connections to neighboring neurons. Given the billions of neurons, this means there are as many connections in a single cubic centimeter of brain tissue as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.” – David Eagleman

“In the human mind, the number of possible connections that can be made between neurons greatly exceeds the number of atoms in the universe.” – Alan Moore

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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on reputation.

“A good reputation is more valuable than money.” – Publilius Syrus

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned with doing good work … and if you can build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency.” – William Burroughs

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” – Benjamin Franklin

“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” – Joseph Hall

“You can’t buy a good reputation; you must earn it.” – Harvey Mackay

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” – Jeff Bezos

“Repetition makes reputation.” – Elizabeth Arden

“Concealed talent brings no reputation.” – Desiderius Erasmus

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

“Build your reputation by helping other people build theirs.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Judge a man by the reputation of his enemies” – Arabian Proverb

“Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.” – James Russell Lowell

“Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.” – Dwight L. Moody

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” – Thomas Paine

“Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem, and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence – and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself – your self-esteem – is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.” – Nathaniel Branden

“Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.” – Nathaniel Branden

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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on opportunity.

“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” – John Dewey

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” Oprah Winfrey

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” Anthony Robbins

“If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.” – Richard Branson

“One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.” – Publilius Syrus

“The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions.” – Paulo Coelho

“Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity.” Arabian Proverb

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” – H Jackson Brown Jr

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.” ― Boris Pasternak

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“Where one door shuts another opens.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

“Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.” – Henry J. Kaiser

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” – Robert Kennedy

“It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.” – Eric Hoffer

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life.” Samuel Johnson

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francois Bacon

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” – Bruce Lee

“There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young, Jr

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” – Albert Einstein

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” – Oprah Winfrey

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on invention.

“…to invent is to discover that we know not, and not to recover or resummon that which we already know” — Sir Francis Bacon

“To understand is to invent.” — Jean Piaget

“Inventing is a skill that some people have and some people don’t. But you can learn how to invent.” — Ray Dolby

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.” — Nikola Tesla

“Doubt is the father of invention.” – Galileo Galilei

“Want is the mistress of invention” – Susanna Centlivre

“Necessity, the mother of invention” – Richard Franck

“Mothers are the necessity of invention.” – Bill Watterson

“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

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.” — Mark Twain
“I never did anything worth doing by accident; nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Stumbling upon the next great invention in an ‘ah-ha!’ moment is a myth.” – James Dyson

“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

“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 DaVinci

“Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles—he can only discover them.” — Thomas Paine

“All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself … are the infinitely various “leads” from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.” — Abraham Lincoln

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” — Thomas Alva Edison

“Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.” — Charles F. Kettering

“Invention presupposes imagination but should not be confused with it.” — Igor Stravinsky
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” – Edward Hopper

“Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” – Auguste Rodin

“Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing” – Joshua Reynolds

“I invented nothing new. I simply combined the inventions of others into a car. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed.’ — Henry Ford

“Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison’s inventions” – Ernest Dimnet

“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

“An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.” — Edwin Herbert Land

“Inventor, n. A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.” — Ambrose Bierce

“Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried” – Thomas Jefferson

“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” — Karl Marx

“We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.” — John Stuart Mill

“In the modern world we have invented ways of speeding up invention, and people’s lives change so fast that a person is born into one kind of world, grows up in another, and by the time his children are growing up, lives in still a different world” – Margaret Mead

“I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s.” — William Blake

“Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.” — Lawrence George Durrell

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on clarity.

“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity” – Francois Gautier

“You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it.” – Alex Morrison

“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.” – Pericles

“A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success.” ― Steve Maraboli

“Clarity affords focus.” – Thomas Leonard

“It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content… it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.” – Rene Daumal

“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.” – Blaise Pascal

“Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.” – Thomas Szasz

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation.” – Richard Holloway

“For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity” – Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“Music is powered by ideas. If you don’t have clarity of ideas, you’re just communicating sheer sound.” – Yo-Yo Ma

“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream” – Vincent van Gogh

“Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men. We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose. This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves. There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgment to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness.” – Michel de Montaigne

“Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Whoever knows he is deep, strives for clarity; whoever would like to appear deep to the crowd, strives for obscurity. For the crowd considers anything deep if only it cannot see to the bottom: the crowd is so timid and afraid of going into the water.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all.” ― Julian Barnes

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” – Nikola Tesla

“Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.” – Karl von Clausewitz

“Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.” – Marquis de Vauvenargues

“Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will” – Blaise Pascal

“The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.” – Conan O’Brien

“I look at the human life like an experiment. Every new moment, every new experience, tragic or otherwise, is an opportunity to gain a more accurate perspective and helps lead me to clarity.” – Steve Gleason

“Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities? Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles?” – Pablo Neruda

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Abstraction
Art
Artist
Attitude
Awareness
Beauty
Beginning
Change
Clarity
Connected
Creativity
Curiosity
Dedication
Direction
Discovery
Dreams
Experimentation
Exploration
Focus
Goals
Gratitude
Imagination
Imperfection
Influence
Innovation
Insight
Inspiration
Invention
Light
Motivation
Opportunity
Optimism/Pessimism
Originality
Passion
Perception
Perspective
Photography
Planning
Play
Purpose
Questions
Reputation
Seeing
Service
Simplicity
Story
Travel
Vision
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