Even the most creative of the creative need a little inspiration time and time again. We’ve amassed a hodgepodge of inventor quotes to give your creative spirit a little extra pep in its step. Enjoy!
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.” –Thomas A. Edison
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell
“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” –Benjamin Franklin
“Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.” –Thomas Jefferson
“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.” –Alfred Hitchcock
“The biggest mistake is people just jump into things too quickly. You really should learn as much as you can about the process before you spend a dime. … [Inventors] need to really know their thing is going to do something before they put [their invention] out there.” –Joanne Hayes-Rimes, former senior consultant for Inventors Digest magazine.
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”–Kurt Vonnegut
“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” –Charles F. Kettering (American engineer)
“One of my primary objects is to form the tools so the tools themselves shall fashion the work and give to every part its just proportion.” –Eli Whitney
“In our gliding experiments we had had a number of experiences in which we had landed upon one wing, but the crushing of the wing had absorbed the shock, so that we were not uneasy about the motor in case of a landing of that kind.” –Orville Wright (one half of the Wright Brothers)
Have fun creating an invention! Check out a few funny quotes and have a laugh or two:
“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.”–Dave Barry
“I invented the cordless extension cord.” –Stephen Wright