Ingenuity Quotes

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“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

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

M.D. Elster
“Yes!" He says. "Fear is an excellent motivator. I find that it really brings out the true ingenuity of a creature.”
M.D. Elster, Four Kings

Aaron Dennis
“I shove round pegs in square holes.”
Aaron Dennis

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

Todd William
“I love skyscrapers. Visiting cities lush with tall buildings has always been a treat for me. The implications of these immense towers are tremendous - a representation of the power of mind over matter. It never ceases to amaze me that within our minds exist the power to transform earthly materials into these colossal giants. For me, a walk among skyscrapers is a pleasant reminder of the boundless potential of human thought.”
Todd William

Phillip Gary Smith
“Necessity may be the mother of invention, but ingenuity is the bombshell of success”
Phillip Gary Smith, Harmonizing: Keys to Living in the Song of Life

Anita Shreve
“And yet. And yet. If asked - if pressed - Honora would have to say she is strangely content. It's an odd feeling that she cannot describe to anyone - not to her mother and certainly not to Sexton, whose unhappiness seems to have no bounds, whose unhappiness is defined now by what he does not have, which is almost everything. He will always, in his mind, be the salesman who no longer has anything to sell. A man who longs for the open road but who cannot ever take it. Whereas Honora, oddly, now has more purpose than she ever did before. She is a dutiful wife who tends to her husband in spite of his weaknesses. She is a woman with ingenuity. She is a woman without illusions. She is a woman who, above all, is too busy trying to make a go of it to fret about her marriage.”
Anita Shreve, Sea Glass

Pearl Zhu
“Ingenuity is the ability to solve difficult problems, often in an original and creative way.”
Pearl Zhu, Talent Master: 199+ Questions to See Talent from Different Angles

“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

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