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Quotes About Innovation

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Jarod Kintz
“I wish my stove came with a Save As button like Word has. That way I could experiment with my cooking and not fear ruining my dinner.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

Voltaire
“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Richelle Mead
“Throughout history, people with new ideas—who think differently and try to change things—have always been called troublemakers.”
Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss

Peter F. Drucker
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old”
Peter F. Drucker

Frank Zappa
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”
Frank Zappa

Chuck Palahniuk
“History is filled with brilliant people who wanted to fix things and just made them worse.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

J.K. Rowling
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
J.K. Rowling

Robin S. Sharma
“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”
Robin S. Sharma

“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”
Roger Von Oech

Aldous Huxley
“The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”
Aldous Huxley

Derek Sivers
“Steve Jobs gave a small private presentation about the iTunes Music Store to some independent record label people. My favorite line of the day was when people kept raising their hand saying, "Does it do [x]?", "Do you plan to add [y]?". Finally Jobs said, "Wait wait — put your hands down. Listen: I know you have a thousand ideas for all the cool features iTunes could have. So do we. But we don't want a thousand features. That would be ugly. Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.”
Derek Sivers

Ayn Rand
“Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move.”
Ayn Rand, We the Living

Gene Roddenberry
“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”
Gene Roddenberry

Steven Johnson
“Chance favors the connected mind.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Henry Ford
“I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.”
Henry Ford

Frank Herbert
“Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?”
Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune

Peter F. Drucker
“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship...the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”
Peter F. Drucker

Steven Johnson
“The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Eric Hoffer
“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.”
Eric Hoffer

Edward Abbey
“Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Marc Jacobs
“Innovation is an evolutionary process, so it's not necessary to be radical all the time.”
Marc Jacobs

Steven Moffat
“You have to take your own bold approach, and if you do you will be rewarded with success.
Or calamitous failure. That can happen too.”
Steven Moffat

Ray Bradbury
“The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Sukant Ratnakar
“Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.”
Sukant Ratnakar, Open the Windows

David Heinemeier Hansson
“Ignore the real world
“That would never work in the real world.” You hear it all the time when you tell people about a fresh idea.
This real world sounds like an awfully depressing place to live. It’s a place where new ideas, unfamiliar approaches, and foreign concepts always
lose. The only things that win are what people already know and do, even if those things are flawed and inefficient.
Scratch the surface and you’ll find these “real world” inhabitants are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They
assume society isn’t ready for or capable of change.
Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb. If you’re hopeful and ambitious, they’ll try to convince you your ideas are impossible.
They’ll say you’re wasting your time.”
David Heinemeier Hansson, Rework

“The paradox of innovation is that it is accepted as an innovation when it has become imitation.”
Piero Scaruffi

“Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.”
Albert-László Barabási, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

“Creating a better future
Requires creativity in the present.”
Matthew Goldfinger

Jack Vance
“The Brinktown jail is one of the most ingenious ever propounded by civic authorities. It must be remembered that Brinktown occupies the surface of a volcanic butte, overlooking a trackless jungle of quagmire, thorn, eel-vine skiver tussock. A single road leads from city down to jungle; the prisoner is merely locked out of the city. Escape is at his option; he may flee as far through the jungle as he sees fit: the entire continent is at his disposal. But no prisoner ever ventures far from the gate; and, when his presence is required, it is only necessary to unlock the gate and call his name.”
Jack Vance, The Star King

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