Ingenuity Quotes

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Douglas Adams
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Steve Jobs
“If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”
Steve Jobs

“When the whole world is entrenched in the bunker of physical and often emotional isolation, only flexibility and ingenuity can revive us to remain grounded and imbibe the bolstering sunlight piercing through the canvas of chaos. (Because the world has corona)”
Erik Pevernagie

Anthony Doerr
“A girl got kicked out of the swimming hole today. Inge Hachmann. They said they wouldn’t let us swim with a half-breed. Unsanitary. A half-breed, Werner. Aren’t we half-breeds too? Aren’t we half our mother, half our father?”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Will Eisner
“We have this history of impossible solutions to insoluble problems.”
Will Eisner

Howard Zinn
“I see this as the central issue of our time: how to find a substitute for war in human ingenuity, imagination, courage, sacrifice, patience...

War is not inevitable, however persistent it is, however long a history it has in human affairs. It does not come out of some instinctive human need. It is manufactured by political leaders, who then must make a tremendous effort--by enticement, by propaganda, by coercion--to mobilize a normally reluctant population to go to war.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

Adam Gopnik
“Yet human intelligence has another force, too: the sense of urgency that gives human smarts their drive. Perhaps our intelligence is not just ended by our mortality; to a great degree, it is our mortality.”
Adam Gopnik

Oliver DeMille
“The slaves in Rome were incapable of leisure and so their masters gave them entertainment to keep them pacified.”
Oliver Van DeMille

Lauren Willig
“They were a strange and mercantile people, these Americans. One never knew what they might come up with next.”
Lauren Willig, The Garden Intrigue

Ayn Rand
“She watched the tunnels as they flowed past: bare walls of concrete, a net of pipes and wires, a web of rails that went off into black holes where green and red lights hung as distant drops of color. There was nothing else to dilute it, so that one could admire naked purpose and the ingenuity that had achieved it.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Robert Barr
“Of all evil-doers, the American is most to be feared; he uses more ingenuity in the planning of his projects, and will take greater risks in carrying them out, than any other malefactor on earth.”
Robert Barr, The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds

Terry Pratchett
“...if we wanted people to fly, we would have given them wings."
"You gave me wings when you showed me birds.”
Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero

“A blind ingenuity goes nowhere”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Jim Butcher
“You do everything by the book, like everybody else, you get the same results s everybody else.”
Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut's Windlass

Enock Maregesi
“Government is not moved by sympathy. It is moved by ingenuity.”
Enock Maregesi

Enock Maregesi
“Serikali haibabaishwi na huruma. Inababaishwa na akili.”
Enock Maregesi

Enock Maregesi
“Serikali haishirikiani na huruma katika kufanya maamuzi yake. Inashirikiana na akili.”
Enock Maregesi

Enock Maregesi
“Serikali haiendeshwi na huruma. Inaendeshwa na akili.”
Enock Maregesi

A.J. Vosse
“Man’s ingenuity always seems to help him rape the land… faster!”
AJ Vosse

Ilona Andrews
“If you remove adversity, you remove ingenuity and creativity with it. There is no need to strive to make something beautiful or better if it already is.”
Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If ingenuity is an indicator of how much we love someone, then the story of Christmas is about as ingenious as you can get.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Creating something from nothing is ingenious.
Creating something from something is smart.
To rule your world, be ingeniously smart.”
Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

Gerald Maclennon
“But here am I, riding this steel behemoth – the most ominous killing machine ever conceived; a weapon of war with the innocuous name of carrier. It transports our crew and air wing personnel to the Oriental dens of sin. It takes us to the blood-soaked terrain of the Vietnamese. It is, in a single thought, one of the most obscene but amazingly brilliant products of human ingenuity.”
Gerald Maclennon, God, Bombs & Viet Nam: Based on the Diary of a 20-Year-Old Navy Enlisted Man in the Vietnam Air War - 1967

Robert Hayden
“confess i am curiously drawn unmentionable to
the americans doubt i could exist among them for
long however psychic demands far too severe
much violence much that repels i am attracted
none the less their variousness their ingenuity
their elan vital and that some thing essence
quiddity i cannot penetrate or name”
Robert Hayden, Collected Poems

“Most definitely, coordinate, corroborate, and graduate
With an eyeball to eyeball firm handshake of distinction!”
Joseph S. Spence Sr.

“Don’t get disgusted and busted, with a troubled heart.
Face reality, some will be for and against you where you travel.
High or low, deep or shallow, wide of narrow.
Find the path best for your journey!”
Joseph S. Spence Sr.

“Always be courageous and not nervous.
Raise your hand, stand up, wipe the sweat off your brow.
Be steady, stop your knees from shaking.
Speak up with a clear voice of confidence others want to hear from you!”
Joseph S. Spence Sr.

Jean Baudrillard
“What is deeply ingrained within us is this possibility of expecting everything from someone at each new meeting. In our own minds, we are all virgins and hope, against all good sense, to find a destiny in any face that comes along.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Jean Baudrillard
“There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.

The speed of things which escape you, suddenly shooting away from you at an incredible rate as if possessed of a force of repulsion, like the bar of soap slipping out of your fingers in the bath.

Nietzsche grappled with the death of God, but all we have to deal with is the disappearance of politics and history. This disappearance may take on a degree of pathos (as in May '68) but that will no doubt be the last time. May '68 marked the onset of a long eventless process. That is why those who did not live through it can never understand what is happening today in a diluted form, just as those who never lived through the death of God can understand nothing of the convalescence of values.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Martin Puchner
“The theory that languages are tools used for particular purposes, sometimes for many different purposes, means that extinct languages belong neither in a museum of art nor in a museum of natural history. Tools are meant to be surpassed by better tools. Once they are, they should be preserved in a museum of technology, of human ingenuity, of the cultural past.”
Martin Puchner, The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate

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