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18. "The best vision is insight." - Malcolm Forbes
I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.
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― Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions"
"Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual."
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“Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.”
“The people who work within these industries or public services know that there are basic flaws. But they are almost forced to ignore them and to concentrate instead on patching here, improving there, fighting the fire or caulking that crack. They are thus unable to take the innovation seriously, let alone to try to compete with it. They do not, as a rule, even notice it until it has grown so big as to encroach on their industry or service, by which time it has become irreversible. In the meantime, the innovators have the field to themselves.”
85. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Alan Kay
77. "Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are just produced." - A.N. Whitehead
40. "Never confuse motion with action." - Ernest Hemingway
Today, the forces of competition, technology, and globalization have converged to spur innovation and to transform the way business is done in the securities industry.
Technology is driving the innovation. Technology is driving the creativity. Technology and the use of that is going to determine our workers' ability to compete in the 21st century global marketplace.
Small businesses are vital contributors to our economy. They are the economic engine that is creating jobs, exploring innovation, and expanding opportunities for Americans in every community across the Nation.
20. "Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude." - Goethe
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable."
3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk
"Video won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
24. "You can expect no influence if you are not susceptible to influence." - Carl Jung
The recipe for success is a tried and true one here in Rhode Island - innovation, reform, public service.
"History can’t give attention to what’s been lost, hidden, or deliberately buried; it is mostly a telling of success, not the partial failures that enabled success."
“An idea that's BOLD is worthless until SOLD!”
“[F]or all its reputation for conservatism, cricket in its history has demonstrated a remarkable capacity for innovation. What game has survived subjection to such extraordinary manipulations, having been prolonged to 10 days (in Durban 70 years ago), truncated to as few as 60 balls (in Hong Kong every year), and remained recognisable in each instance?”
65. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
I think we always move from imitation to assimilation to innovation, but I can't name you 20 people outside those we've already recognized who ever got to point three: innovation.
52. "The man with a new idea is a crank - until the idea succeeds." - Mark Twain
The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.
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"The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen."
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"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
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"When all think alike, then no one is thinking."
"We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
As a result, we will continue to see more innovation on the Internet and on mobile phones than on consoles.
"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things."
"An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates from college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work."
63. "The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind." - Thomas Carlyle
"Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form."
"Innovation is fostered by information gathered from new connections; from insights gained by journeys into other disciplines or places; from active, collegial networks and fluid, open boundaries. Innovation arises from ongoing circles of exchange, where information is not just accumulated or stored, but created. Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren't there before."
“I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
62. "One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
69. "You can only be as good as you dare to be bad." - John Barrymore
― Peter F. Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
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“Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress”
"The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members to survive. Great Groups offer a new model in which the leader is an equal among Titans. In a truly creative collaboration, work is pleasure, and the only rules and procedures are those that advance the common cause."
15. "There's no good idea that cannot be improved on." - Michael Eisner
16. "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." - Anais Nin
"Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."
100. "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." - John Cage
The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.
9. "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves." - Carl Jung
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Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.
96. "I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it." - Steven Wright
“The point, as I emphasize in the book, is not for players to become professionals, but rather to have innovative and creative ways of thinking about real problems as part of their intellectual toolkit.”
So, I think the output of our innovation is great. We have a culture of self-improvement. I know we can continue to improve. There is no issue. But at the same time, our absolute level of output is fantastic.
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Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities.
"The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—re the primary sources of creativity."
32. "What is now proved was once only imagined." - William Blake
If you look at the history of the American capital market, there's probably no innovation more important than the idea of generally accepted accountancy principles.
88. "There is a vitality, a life force, that is translated to you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and will be lost." - Martha Graham
"He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist."
But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem.
46. "Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought." - Albert Szent-Gyorgi
"Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote."
89. "We have approximately 60,000 thoughts in a day. Unfortunately, 95% of them are thoughts we had the day before." - Deepak Chopra
“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”
5. “There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
“Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities—a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity—but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.”
26. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - Goethe
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60. "You will never find the time for anything. If you want time, you must make it." - Charles Burton
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."
What makes a specific quality or quantity of innovation retain its intense newness over the years?
“Steve Jobs gave a small private presentation about the iTunes Music Store to some independent record label people. My favorite line of the day was when people kept raising their hand saying, "Does it do [x]?", "Do you plan to add [y]?". Finally Jobs said, "Wait wait — put your hands down. Listen: I know you have a thousand ideas for all the cool features iTunes could have. So do we. But we don't want a thousand features. That would be ugly. Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.”
2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead
“Excellence must be achieved through the eyes of those who judge us; once achieved it can only be maintained with constant innovation.”
39. "I start where the last man left off." - Thomas Edison
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
“Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.”
80. "Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction." - Pablo Picasso
"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions."
5. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
But the - look, I think that this - the United States of America is still the most powerful economy in the world. It is an incredible engine for creativity and innovation. And it has the most - smartest, most effective workforce in the world. So we have a lot going for us, in spite of the fractiousness of our politics.
We need a positive economic agenda that invests in the innovation and growth that will create jobs for middle class families and ensure that America remains the world leader.
“Babbage had most of this system sketched out by 1837, but the first true computer to use this programmable architecture didn’t appear for more than a hundred years.”
The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication.
86. "If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it." - Gordon MacKenzie
“Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”
"If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original."
48. "Without a deadline, baby, I wouldn't do nothing." - Duke Ellington
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America's growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn't seem to have anything to do with America's growth rate is a brutal work schedule.
"The joy is in creating, not maintaining."
Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
97. "You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new." - Steve Jobs
The way we're really going to grow the economy is to invest in people, to invest in innovation, to have the federal government put money in the kind of research that will create the new high-technology, biotechnology industries that will create the millions of new jobs.
But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
10. “The best part of human history lies in the future, not in the past.” - Bertrand RussellGreat innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
47. "A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind."- Antoine Saint-Exupery
“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.”
Nearly all of the advances in structural and aesthetic innovation is coming from abroad.
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“You want to be the first to do something. You want to create something. You want to innovate something...I often think of Edison inventing the light bulb. That's what I want to do. I want to drive over the bridge coming out of New York there and look down on that sea of lights that is New Jersey and say, `Hey, I did that!' ”
"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried."
Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.
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.
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old”
“If humans can live for 100 years, why do companies die so young.”
41. "The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child." - Thomas Edison
"Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done."
"Slaying sacred cows makes great steaks."
"I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life."
So many cartoonists draw the same year after year. When they find a style, they stick with it. They don't mess with innovation, and they become boring.
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79. "The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein
“His special gift was the ability to see the essence of a worthwhile suggestion and to relate it to what was already in existence or planned. Then he would encourage and shape the new project, repeatedly redesigning the curriculum so that a new department or course could have a comfortable place in which to grow and offer it benefits.”
7. "You can't solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level." - Albert Einstein
"We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don't waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the "closed" mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the "open" mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent."
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53. "A problem well stated is a problem half solved." - Charles Kettering
“One keeps looking out for innovation in IPL, but of late it hasn't been all that obvious. Lionel Richie as an opening act? Johnny Mathis must have been busy. Matthew Hayden's Mongoose? Looks a bit like Bob Willis' bat with the "flow-through holes"; Saint Peter batting mitts are surely overdue a revival. The only genuinely intriguing step this year, bringing the IPL to YouTube, was forced on Modi by the collapse of Setanta; otherwise what Modi presents as 'innovation' is merely expansion by another name, in the number of franchises and the number of games.”
“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”
I'm a big fan of small business ownership. I think it's the backbone of American innovation. But to be successful, you first have to have the courage to go for it.
"Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future."
Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity... and these in turn rely on the education of our people.
"Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport."
“I am resolutely opposed to all innovation, all change, but I am determined to understand what’s happening. Because I don’t choose just to sit and let the juggernaut roll over me. Many people seem to think that if you talk about something recent, you’re in favor of it. The exact opposite is true in my case. Anything I talk about is almost certainly something I’m resolutely against. And it seems to me the best way to oppose it is to understand it. And then you know where to turn off the buttons.”
51. "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." - General George Patton
We are not concerned about innovation shifting from the U.S. I still believe that the U.S. still has capabilities for innovation.
No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes.
"In the modern world of business it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman."
“I wokeup in morning and saw, world has move on”
93. "Microsoft is always two years away from failure." - Bill Gates
M. A. Rosanoff: "Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe."
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29. "We don't know who discovered water, but we're certain it wasn't a fish." - John Culkin
99. "You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere." - Lee Iacocca
“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.”
"Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation."
And then you take a look at Spaces, there is this great innovation that came out of nowhere. We have the number one blogging site in the world because of the innovation that's there.
"Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."
Pure innovation is more gross than error.
“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
71. "Conclusions arrived at through reasoning have very little or no influence in altering the course of our lives." - Carlos Casteneda
"Innovation— any new idea—by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization. This requires courageous patience."
“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”
Productivity and the growth of productivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs, and wealth.
57. "A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor." - Victor Hugo
"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything."
68. "The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the presentâ€¦the decline will be fast." - Peter Drucker
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not - and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation - in its’ arguably most tranformative and revelatory capacity it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
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.
The innovation is going to come, and that is good for everybody.
98. "I am looking for a lot of people who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done." - Henry Ford
"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
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Because, you know, resilience - if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you'd be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn't a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.
31. "There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start." - Charles Baudelaire
55. "Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George
“History is filled with brilliant people who wanted to fix things and just made them worse.”
― Marshall McLuhan, Forward Through The Rearview Mirror: Reflections On And By Marshall Mc Luhan
"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
81. "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." - Groucho Marx
56. "The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development." - Alfred North Whitehead
"It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date."
59. "Systems die; instincts remain." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?”
"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction."
30. "I will act as if what I do will make a difference." - William James
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.
19. "Genius is infinite painstaking." - Michelangelo
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."
I once knew a chap who had a system of just hanging the baby on the clothes line to dry and he was greatly admired by his fellow citizens for having discovered a wonderful innovation on changing a diaper.
“Innovation is an evolutionary process, so it's not necessary to be radical all the time.”
73. "If the creator has a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely would have meant for us to stick it out." - Arthur Koestler
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game1. “You alone, of all the animals, have the ability to reconstruct what has gone before, to learn from it, and to envision the future shape of things to come. What a faculty! Why waste it on meaningless pursuits?” – Don Ward
― Michael J. Gelb, Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America's Greatest Inventor
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
"All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new."
"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
“Good ideas may not want to be free, but they do want to connect, fuse, recombine. They want to reinvent themselves by crossing conceptual borders. They want to complete each other as much as they want to compete”
13. "To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act." - Anatole France
"To have a great idea, have a lot of them."
64. "I failed my way to success." - Thomas Edison
"A person might be able to play without being creative, but he sure can't be creative without playing."
This crisis exposed very significant problems in the financial systems of the United States and some other major economies. Innovation got too far out in front of the knowledge of risk.
37. "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President's economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation - innovation begins in the classroom - clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.
“Creativity dies in an indisciplined environment.”
“Throughout history, people with new ideas—who think differently and try to change things—have always been called troublemakers.”
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"You don't understand anything unless you understand there are at least 3 ways."
"The world is but a canvas to our imaginations."
"Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?"
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50. "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”
95. "If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied." - Alfred Noble
“Berners-Lee was supremely lucky in the work environment he had settled into, the Swiss particle physics lab CERN. It took him ten years to nurture his slow hunch about a hypertext information platform.”
35. "If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." - Abraham Maslow
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"To be creative you have to contribute something different from what you've done before. Your results need not be original to the world; few results truly meet that criterion. In fact, most results are built on the work of others."
“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity”
There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution offer us in the Europe of 25, 27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition to the detriment of production, wages, research and innovation.
9. “Create the future rather than fear it.” – John A. Warden
61. "Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission." - Peter Drucker
“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”
― Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do
70. "No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered."
“Innovators are inevitably controversial.”
3. “There aren’t just seven wonders of the world. There are more like seven million.” – Kobi Yamada
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Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.
“The paradox of innovation is that it is accepted as an innovation when it has become imitation.”
We know that defence work results in more than great defence hardware - it can drive innovation and advances in all areas of our life.
75. "Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have." - Emile Chartier
"This is really, really good stuff." — Seth Godin
"Companies have to nurture [creativity and motivation]—and have to do it by building a compassionate yet performance-driven corporate culture. In the knowledge economy the traditional soft people side of our business has become the new hard side."
38. "The ultimate creative thinking technique is to think like God. If you're an atheist, pretend how God would do it." - Frank Lloyd Wright
“The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”
74. "If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself." - Rollo May
“Innovation is the creation and delivery of new customer value in the marketplace.”
66. "The way to succeed is to double your failure rate." - Thomas Watson, (Founder of IBM)
— Daryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, commenting on television in 1946
Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you're flying high at first, but it won't take long before you feel the impact.
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90. "Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not yet understood." - Henry Miller
“Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.”
34. "99 percent of success is built on failure." - Charles Kettering
We must not confuse distortion with innovation; distortion is useless change, art is beneficial change.
11. "If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think."
These are all excellent quotes, thanks for sharing! I'm probably going to steal and re-use a few of them over time.
"In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts."
In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we're so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important.
The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That's over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it's going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.
I believe we are in a world where innovation in stuff was outlawed. It was basically outlawed in the last 40 years - part of it was environmentalism, part of it was risk aversion.
"[I]in 1913, the first assembly line was implemented at Ford Motor Company. The process grew like a vine and eventually spread to all phases of the manufacture of Ford cars, and then through the entire world of heavy industry. There can be no doubt that a powerful revolution occurred at Highland Park—but it was not the assembly line itself that provided the power. Rather, it was the creation of an atmosphere in which improvement was the real product: a better, cheaper, Model T followed naturally. Every man on the payroll was invited to contribute ideas, and the good ones were implemented without delay."
"The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail."
42. "No matter how well you perform, there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Sir Laurence Olivier
The trick with computers I think, is to approach old and new things with the same reverence as you would like your favourite chair and not be seduced by the constant innovation otherwise you never do anything.
In this time of budget cuts, we cannot forget that basic science is a building block for scientific innovation and economic growth in the information age.
67. "Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze." - Peter Drucker
"Inno-waiters With Whine Lists" – The Breakthrough Cafe featured in January 2006 issue of
On the Internet you get continuous innovation, so every year the streams are a little better.
36. "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." - Albert Einstein
6. “Your brain is not a museum for the past, or a lumber room for the present; it is a laboratory for the future.” – John Frederick Charles Fuller
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94. "We've reached the end of incrementalism. Only those companies that are capable of creating industry revolutions will prosper in the new economy. - Gary Hamel
87. "Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most." - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
“For the most part, the best opportunities now lie where your competitors have yet to establish themselves, not where they're already entrenched. Microsoft is struggling to adapt to that new reality.”
12. "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." - John Steinbeck
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
There are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable and no frontiers beyond our reach.
“In peace-armies discipline meant the hunt, not of an average but of an absolute; the hundred per cent standard in which the ninety-nine were played down to the level of the weakest man on parade…. The deeper the discipline, the lower was the individual excellence; also the more sure the performance. – T. E. Lawrence Seven Pillars of Wisdom”
Success doesn't necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won't win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.
28. "The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites." - Carl Jung
“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.”
"What use could the company make of an electric toy?"
"It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you."
As the world's sole remaining super power and economic powerhouses, our nation's ability to be at the forefront of innovation and production has enabled unparalleled economic success of our nation's workforce.
The comparison to the old world is something to get excited about. We have the potential for more choice and innovation, and a different regulatory environment that doesn't place as much weight on economic regulations of terms and conditions.
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“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”
"Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity."
We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future.
"There's a way to do it better—find it."
“This is not the wisdom of the crowd, but the wisdom of someone in the crowd. It’s not that the network itself is smart; it’s that the individuals get smarter because they’re connected to the network.”
“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship...the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”
We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we're in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There's no substitute for innovation, of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch, either.
"If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail."
Human societies vary in lots of independent factors affecting their openness to innovation.
82. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
“Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.”
"Replace either/or thinking with plus thinking."
78. "Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys." - Sam Walton
There are many good quotes from John Burroughs, but that is probably my favorite.
For America's economic future to remain prosperous, we must encourage pro-growth policies so that we continue to be the leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.
33. "Remember, a dead fish can float down a stream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream." - W.C. Fields
"That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our time."
“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”
44. "I'll play it first and tell you what it is later." - Miles Davis
"The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants."
Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.
― Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life
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"It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization. The incompetent never get in a position to destroy it. It is those who achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up."
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49. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." - Wayne Gretzky
America demands invention and innovation to succeed.
"When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: “Only stand out of my light.” Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light."
"Observe what is with undivided awareness."
Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
76. "There's always an element of chance and you must be willing to live with that element. If you insist on certainty, you will paralyze yourself." - J.P. Getty
7. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
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We are the number one economy in the world, and we ought to continue to pursue those kinds of policies that ensure that we maintain that position, like innovation and like technology and like education and like just research and development and discovery.
1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs
21. "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together, go to the making of genius. Love, Love, Love. That is the soul of genius." - Mozart
25. "Whether or not you can observe a thing depends upon the theory you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed." - Albert Einstein
6. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller
“The companies that refused to make hard choices, or refused to admit that anything much was happening, fared badly. If they survive, it is only because their respective governments will not let them go under.”
17. "We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.
We need innovation in education and dedication to the task before us.
72. "After years of telling corporate citizens to 'trust the system,' many companies must relearn instead to trust their people - and encourage their people to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
I am not that concerned that innovation in some large scale sense will suddenly and abruptly shift from one part of the world to another.
45. "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away." - Linus Pauling
"Success is on the far side of failure."
"When you are completely absorbed or caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination."
“I wish my stove came with a Save As button like Word has. That way I could experiment with my cooking and not fear ruining my dinner. ”
"The horse is here today, but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad."
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"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
"When the 'weaker' of the two brains (right and left) is stimulated and encouraged to work in cooperation with the stronger side, the end result is a great increase in overall ability and ... often five to ten times more effectiveness."
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.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
“The Brinktown jail is one of the most ingenious ever propounded by civic authorities. It must be remembered that Brinktown occupies the surface of a volcanic butte, overlooking a trackless jungle of quagmire, thorn, eel-vine skiver tussock. A single road leads from city down to jungle; the prisoner is merely locked out of the city. Escape is at his option; he may flee as far through the jungle as he sees fit: the entire continent is at his disposal. But no prisoner ever ventures far from the gate; and, when his presence is required, it is only necessary to unlock the gate and call his name.”
"The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things, but by contemplating the floating of things which floated naturally, and then intelligently asking why they did so."
27. "Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble." - Zen proverb
83. "Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way." - William James
8. "Do not fear mistakes. There are none." - Miles Davis
"The business world sees a measurable and growing intelligence gap - with need for intellectual expertise constantly expanding. Available talent is decreasing even though the population is increasing. Being bombarded with information - be it in Nintendo or shogi - and being able to process it, find patterns etc., is a vital skill. One way to increase this talent potential is through games."
4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering
“Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move.”
“Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.”
“I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.”
In order for America to remain a global leader in innovation and opportunity, we must give our children a solid foundation in math and science.
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
I'm a great believer in the competitive system, and think that competition will bring us greater innovation and put American industry in information ahead of everyone also.
84. "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathan Swift
If you open up the mind, the opportunity to address both profits and social conditions are limitless. It's a process of innovation.
"The achievement of excellence can occur only if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction."
"Heavier than air flying machines are impossible."
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“Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.”
Mitch Ditkoff, Barry Gruenberg, Val Vadeboncoeur, Sarah Jacob, Paul Roth
54. "The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil." - Thomas Edison
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
92. "Now that we have met with paradox we have some hope of making progress." - Niels Bohr
We should favor innovation and freedom over regulation.
“One of the many innovations of modernism was the new demands it placed on the audience. Music, painting, literature, even architecture, would never again be quite so 'easy' as they had been.”
2. “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” – John Sculley
“The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
4. “The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” – John Kenneth Galbraith
I consider high-speed data transmission an invention that became a major innovation. It changed the way we all communicate.
"Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy."
58. "Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money." - William J. Cameron
10. "There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo
43. "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.
Basic philosophy, spirit and drive of an organization have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organizational structure, innovation and timing.
Capitalism historically has been a very dynamic force, and behind that force is technical progress, innovation, new ideas, new products, new technologies, and new methods of managing teams.
"Ruth made a big mistake when he gave up pitching."
— Western Union, when it turned down rights to the telephone in 1878
"The achievement of excellence can only occur if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction."
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.
8. “Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.” – William Ralph Inge
91. "I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore. What is reality? Nothing but a collective hunch." - Lily Tomlin
"The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams."
"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns."
23. "Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself." - Robert Louis Stevenson
14. "It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas."
― David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence
“life is a continous journey of transformation”
"Too much of our work amounts to the drudgery of arranging means toward ends, mechanically placing the right foot in front of the left and the left in front of the right, moving down narrow corridors toward narrow goals. Play widens the halls. Work will always be with us, and many works are worthy. But the worthiest works of all often reflect an artful creativity that looks more like play than work."
“If Paul Revere had been a modern day citizen, he wouldn't have ridden down Main Street. He would have tweeted.”
"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
“Die Welt ist voller Torheit, Dumpfheit, Inkonsequenz und Ungerechtigkeit. Es gehört viel Mut dazu, diesen nicht das Feld zu räumen.”
“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat”
22. "Swipe from the best, then adapt." - Tom Peters
"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."
Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.
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