Famous quotes by Inventors


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"A problem well stated is a problem half-solved"
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"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future"
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"Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on"
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"I feel sorry for the person who can't get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile"
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"To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle"
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"I'd rather lose my own money than someone else's"
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"A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere"
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"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down"
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"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless"
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"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves"
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"I start where the last man left off"
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"What you are will show in what you do"
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"What a man's mind can create, man's character can control"
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"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything"
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"Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless"
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"To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity"
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"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk"
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"To have a great idea, have a lot of them"
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"They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward"
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"There's a way to do it better - find it"
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"There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever"
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"Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work"
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"Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure"
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"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time"
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"One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success"
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"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages"
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"Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged"
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"Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth"
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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up"
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