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 Dean Kamen - “I don't know what innovation is, but I can give a guide to rude realities and somewhat serious suggestions about innovation and how to approach it.”
 Dean Kamen - “To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations there are 3 million inventions.”
 Dean Kamen - “Sometimes we crash and burn. It's better to do it in private.”
 Dean Kamen - “People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line.”
 Dean Kamen - “New ideas in technology are literally a dime-a-dozen, or cheaper than that.”
 Dean Kamen - “My biggest failure is I have too many to talk about.”
 Dean Kamen - “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.”
 Dean Kamen - “If you're going to fail, you might as well fail at the big ones.”
 Dean Kamen - “If history is any indication, all truths will eventually turn out to be false.”
 Dean Kamen - “I'm a human entropy producer.”
 Dean Kamen - “I'd rather lose my own money than someone else's.”
 Dean Kamen - “I think an education is not only important, it is the most important thing you can do with your life.”
 Dean Kamen - “A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That's how the patent office defines it. That's an invention.”
 Dean Kamen - “I don't want to think about how many people have thought or still think that I'm crazy.”
 Dean Kamen - “Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed. Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.”
 Dean Kamen - “Some broad themes brought me where I am today. At a very young age, my hobby became thinking and finding connections.”
 Dean Kamen - “I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time.”
 Dean Kamen - “My biggest worry is I'm running out of time and energy. Thirty years ago I thought 10 years was a really long time.”
 Dean Kamen - “Fifty percent of the world's population now lives in cities, those are the people who need this, ... We still get around cities the way the Greeks did 5,000 years ago they put on sandals, we put on sneakers.”
 Dean Kamen - “I don't work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people.”
 Dean Kamen - “We have a promising project, but nothing of the Earth-shattering nature that people are conjuring up.”
 Dean Kamen - “Innovation needs to be nurtured throughout an organization. Management is doing things right, whereas leadership is doing the right things.”
 Dean Kamen - “You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.”
 Dean Kamen - “We can't live any more in a world which is based on stuff and not ideas. If you want to live with the world of stuff, we're all doomed.”
 Dean Kamen - “Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That's what technology can do.”

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