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Best Innovation Quotes.

Best Innovation Quotes

1.) Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
Pablo Picasso

2.) I began by tinkering around with some old tunes I knew. Then, just to try something different, I set to putting some music to the rhythm that I used in jerking ice-cream sodas at the Poodle Dog. I fooled around with the tune more and more until at last, lo and behold, I had completed my first piece of finished music.
Duke Ellington

3.) Don’t trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.
Jimmy Breslin

4.) Because of their courage and their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless.

5.) The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.
Frank Goble

6.) Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come from nothing.
Sir Joshua Reynolds

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7.) If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.
Billie Holiday

8.) The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Orson Welles

9.) Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
Thomas Huxley

10.) Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Harry Truman

11.) There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Henri Matisse

12.) There is no use trying, said Alice. One can’t believe impossible things. I daresay you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Lewis Carroll

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13.) Neither the poet’s words nor the inventor’s things have any remarkable properties of their own. They are everyday words and things. It is the juxtaposition of them which is new.
David Pye

14.) Does he paint?
He fain would write a poem,
Does he write?
He fain would paint a picture.
Robert Browning, Poet

15.) The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

16.) We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other’s people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
Shakti Gawain

17.) Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted; the greatest play isn’t written; the greatest poem is unsung. There isn’t in all the world a perfect railroad, nor a good government, nor a sound law. Physics, mathematics, and especially the most advanced and exact of the sciences are being fundamentally revised. . . Psychology, economics, and sociology are awaiting a Darwin, whose work, in turn, is awaiting an Einstein.
Lincoln Steffens

18.) The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

19.) Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.
Salvador Dali

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20.) Routine in cuisine is a crime.
Edouard Nignon, French Gourmand

21.) Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
William James

22.) The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.
Carl Ally

23.) It’s better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville

24.) Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook

25.) Creativity is seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and, that way, be a playmate with God.
Michele Shea

26.) The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
Stephen Nachmanovitch

27.) Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.
Dr. Seuss

28.) Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.
William McKnight

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29.) The key question isn’t, “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think, therefore, a good question might be not, why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
Abraham Maslow

30.) If you hear a voice within you, say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means, paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

31.) Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
Theodore Levitt

32.) A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.
Charles Brower

33.) You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

34.) When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.
Linda Naiman

35.) Fail, fail again, fail better.
Samuel Beckett

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36.) There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.
Edward de Bono

37.) There is only one of you in all time; this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and it will be lost.
Martha Graham

38.) If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
Marc Chagall

39.) You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

40.) Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

41.) I’m as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
Steve Jobs

42.) It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.
Roger von Oech

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43.) Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.

44.) Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.
Nolan Bushnell

45.) Creativity is not the finding of a thing but the making something out of it after it is found.
James Russell Lowell

46.) All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
Albert Camus

47.) You write your first draft with your heart, and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.
Sean Connery

48.) Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

49.) think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things
Ray Bradbury

50.) An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo

51.) An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Edward de Bono

Short Innovation Quotes

52.) I think I am; therefore, I am. I think.
George Carlin

53.) The music is not in the notes but in the silence between.

54.) Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
Cecille B. DeMille

55.) When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
Elon Musk

56.) The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
Linus Pauling

57.) If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham Maslow

58.) I skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.
Wayne Gretzky

59.) Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.
L. Duncan

Inspirational Innovation Quotes

60.) A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
Antoine Saint-Exupéry

61.) It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization. This requires courageous patience.
Warren Bennis

62.) The world needs dreamers, and the world needs doers. But above all, what the world needs most are dreamers that do.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

63.) Innovation is the unrelenting drive to break the status quo and develop anew where few have dared to go.
Steven Jeffes

64.) Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.
William Pollard

65.) Don’t be afraid to take big steps when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George

66.) The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

67.) Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
Brene Brown

Motivational Quotes

68.) What is the calculus of innovation? The calculus of innovation is really quite simple: Knowledge drives innovation, innovation drives productivity, and productivity drives economic growth. 
William Brody

69.) If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.
Steven Johnson

70.) The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

71.) You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky

72.) When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.
Chinese Proverb

73.) Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
George Addair

74.) A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.
William Shedd

75.) Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon, you have a dozen.
John Steinbeck

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and authored four books on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought over 75 new gift and toy products to market, most dealing with wordplay. Mike is married and a father of four daughters.

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