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Invention QUOTES

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Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented.
But they can be taken out of the gun.
-- Martin Amis
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
-- Francis Bacon
"...utopia is not mainly about providing detailed blueprints for social reconstruction. Its concern with ends is about making us think about possible worlds. It is about inventing and imagining worlds for our contemplation and delight. It opens up our minds to the possibilities of the human condition."
-- Malcolm Bull

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.
-- Jimmy Carter

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
-- Jean Cocteau

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks,
breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
-- Mary Lou Cook

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.
-- Norman Cousins

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

“In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.”
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

The nuclear bomb is the most useless weapon ever invented. It can be employed to no rational purpose. It is not even an effective defense against itself.
-- George F. Kennan

* “I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas” -- John F. Kennedy

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 F. Kennedy

The attack on youth is a national pathology, unwarranted by fact, smokescreen for the failure of adulthood and its leadership to confront larger predicaments. No rescue by the monied, governing, institutional, or otherwise privileged is in sight. It's up to the energy and inventiveness of the younger generation to pull the gated minds of millennium America toward acceptance of diversity, community, and fairness, and I hope they have as much fun as I did in my adolescences achieving what we Sixties kids only imagined.
-- Mike Males
"The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers"
-- Jean Piaget (Swiss Psychologist and pioneer in the study of child intelligence, 1896-1980)

It is now almost 40 years since the invention of nuclear weapons. We have not yet experienced a global thermonuclear war -- although on more than one occasion we have come tremulously close. I do not think our luck can hold forever. Men and machines are fallible, as recent events remind us. Fools and madmen do exist, and sometimes rise to power. Concentrating always on the near future, we have ignored the long-term consequences of our actions. We have placed our civilization and our species in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is not yet too late. We can safeguard the planetary civilization and the human family if we so choose. There is no more important or more urgent issue. -- Carl Sagan

"Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife"
-- Jonathan Schattke
"the function of entrepreneurs is to reform or revolutionize the pattern of production... by exploiting an invention or, more generally, an untried technological possibility for producing a new commodity or producing an old one in a new way, by opening up a new source of supply of materials or a new outlet for products, by reorganizing an industry and so on."
-- Joseph Schumpeter

"The bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century."
- Philip Shabecoff

I'm more interested in what I discover
than what I invent.
-- Paul Simon

What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labor of the underclass
-- August Strindberg
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