Quotes by invention

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  • Sydney Smith
    Sydney Smith
    English writer and cleric 1771-1845
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    Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
  • Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson
    American poet 1830-1886
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    Faith is a fine invention when Gentleman can see - but microscopes are prudent in an emergency
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    French philosopher 1911-
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    A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
  • Octavio Paz
    Octavio Paz
    Mexican Poet, Essayist 1914-
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    Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers. What we call art is a game.
  • Michel Foucault
    Michel Foucault
    French Essayist, Philosopher 1926-1984
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    As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin Disraeli
    English statesman and writer 1804-1881
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    Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
  • Lord George Byron
    Lord George Byron
    English poet 1788-1824
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    But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric - and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.
  • Galileo Galilei
    Galileo Galilei
    Italian physicist, astronomer, mathematician and philosopher 1564-1642
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    Doubt is the father of invention.
  • Brit Morin
    Brit Morin
    American entrepreneur 1985-
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    For my grandmother's generation, the big invention was cake mix; for our moms, it was the microwave, and for me, it's the iPhone. And that's enabled us to do so many different things more efficiently at home.
  • Robert Byrne
    Robert Byrne
    American author 1930-2016
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    Getting caught is the mother of invention.
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    Elwyn Brooks White
    American writer 1899-1985
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    Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.
  • Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    British writer 1891-1976
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    I don't think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
    Source: An Autobiography (1977) part III, sect. 2
  • Martin Luther
    Martin Luther
    German preacher 1483-1546
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    I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.
  • If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.
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