Invention Quotes

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Television 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.

A new source of power… called gasoline has been produced by a Boston engineer. Instead of burning the fuel under a boiler, it is exploded inside the cylinder of an engine. The dangers are obvious. Stores of gasoline in the hands of people interested primarily in profit would constitute a fire and explosive hazard of […]

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.

Good enough for our transatlantic friends… but unworthy of the attentions of practical or scientific men.

I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.

Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.

Young people tend to look down on my generation. They say that we didn’t have satellite TV, we didn’t have personal computers, we didn’t have the internet. They’re right. We “invented” them.

To select well among old things is almost equal to inventing new ones.

One thing the inventors can’t seem to get the bugs out of is fresh paint.