quotations about innovation
As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays
All great ideas are dangerous.
OSCAR WILDE, De Profundis
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech, January 27, 1838
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
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen--and thinking what nobody has thought.
ALBERT SZENI-GYORGYI, attributed, The Executive's Book of Quotations
Large corporations welcome innovation and individualism in the same way the dinosaurs welcomed large meteors.
SCOTT ADAMS, Dilbert
Progress doesn't come from early risers--progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Time Enough for Love
No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao tse and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes.
HENRY MILLER, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to General Thaddeus Kosciusko, May 2, 1808
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES, preface, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Being innovative is to view life from the eyes of a child, to imagine without the thought constraints adults are more prone to.
MARY LOU DECOSTERD, Right Brain/Left Brain Leadership: Shifting Style for Maximum Impact
Creativity is a choice. So what makes people make that choice? On the one hand, being sensible people, they want a reasonable assurance that they will not get lost in the woods. If they, standing at the crossroads, can see that the creative path is littered with corpses of innovators past, they are going to drop their ideas and go straight back to business as usual. If, on the other hand, there are clear signs that successful innovators are rewarded, that failed innovators aren't treated too badly, and that current, ongoing innovators are not made to go through hell, then they just might take the creative path more often, embracing innovation as usual.
PADDY MILLER & THOMAS WEDELL-WEDELLSBORG, Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life
Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. It is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. Innovation, indeed, creates a resource. There is no such thing as a 'resource' until man finds a use for something in nature and thus endows it with economic value. Until then, every plant is a weed and every mineral just another rock.
PETER DRUCKER, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
If it ain't broke, break it.
RICHARD PASCALE, Managing on the Edge
Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.
JEFF BEZOS, TED Talk, 2007
Throughout history, people with new ideas--who think differently and try to change things--have always been called troublemakers.
RICHELLE MEAD, Shadow Kiss
One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
COCO CHANEL, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets
Every innovation disturbs more by its novelty, than benefits by its utility.
GEORGE FREDERICK WHARTON, Legal Maxims, with Observations and Cases
The paradox of innovation is this: CEO's often complain about lack of innovation, while workers often say leaders are hostile to new ideas.
PATRICK DIXON, Building a Better Business
To innovate is not to reform.
EDMUND BURKE, A Letter to a Noble Lord