Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
I will ignore all ideas for new works on engines of war, the invention of which has reached its limits and for whose improvements I see no further hope.
I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas
Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.
We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work
Memory is the friend of wit, but the treacherous ally of invention; there are many books that owe their success to two things; good memory of those who write them, and the bad memory of those who read them
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
I'm more interested in what I discover than what I invent
Doubt is the father of invention.
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation...
Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.
I invented the cordless extension cord.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried
An amazing invention - but who would ever want to use one?
There have been three great inventions since the beginning of time: fire, the wheel, and central banking
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos
The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing
Necessity, the mother of invention
Let's drive not just breakthroughs in new products, but new ways to give more and more people access to these inventions and their benefits. This is a broad and important mission, and I believe we all have a part to play in it.
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 of nothing