Inventions - Inventors Quotes

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. (Regarding Robert Goddard’s revolutionary work, 1921)

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.

Edison did not invent the first talking machine – he invented the first one that could be turned off.

Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.

This is the man who, as far as inventions go, thinks Wonderbra and La Perla are up there with the wheel.

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible. (Response of a Yale professor, shown Fred Smith’s early vision of Federal Express)

A remarkable characteristic of the Americans is the manner in which they have applied science to modern life – In England an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America an inventor is honored, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, […]

Who, when he saw the first sand or ashes by a casual intensiveness of heat melted into metalline form, rugged with excrescences and clouded with impurities, would have imagined that in this formless lump lay concealed so many conveniences of life as would in time constitute a great part of the happiness of the world? […]