Not for entrepreneurs only: More spot-on quotes on innovation – 2


Here’s a continuation of inspiring quotes on innovation, as compiled by Idea champions.

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

“There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.” – Charles Baudelaire

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake

“Remember, a dead fish can float down a stream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.” – W.C. Fields

“99 percent of success is built on failure.” – Charles Kettering

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow

“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

“The ultimate creative thinking technique is to think like God. If you’re an atheist, pretend how God would do it.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“I start where the last man left off.” – Thomas Edison

Never confuse motion with action.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.” – Thomas Edison

“No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.” – Sir Laurence Olivier

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” – Miles Davis

“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

“Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgi

“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

“Without a deadline, baby, I wouldn’t do nothing.” – Duke Ellington

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Patton

“The man with a new idea is a crank – until the idea succeeds.” – Mark Twain

“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” – Charles Kettering

“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas Edison

“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

“The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” – Victor Hugo

“Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – William J. Cameron

“Systems die; instincts remain.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


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60. “You will never find the time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Burton

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