Inventions - Inventors Quotes

Trust you will avoid the gigantic mistake of alternating current. (writing to Niagara Falls Power Company)

Hard work is the soundest investment. It provides a neat security for your widow’s next husband.

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood […]

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. (1895)

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.

Sometimes I feel that I am a natural born genius in a field of human endeavor that hasn’t been invented yet.

I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning, or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of. (1896)

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty.

X-rays will prove to be a hoax.