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Quotes about Innovation

Updated on March 19, 2013

Innovation occurs when a great product or service goes through a renewal process to improve the quality and/or performance of an existing invention. Innovation can be seen as a change in the way a person thinks about something, and is the only way that renewal or improvement can occur.

Innovation is widely used in the improvement of many of the products found lying around the home. Inventions are the products of a new idea, innovations are ways to make improvements to the original product.

~ Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation. ~ Peter F. Drucker

~ The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B. ~ James Yorke


~ I believe in being an innovator. ~ Walt Disney

~ Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~ Steve Jobs

~ Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public. ~ Ludwig von Mises

~ Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress. ~ Ted Levitt


~ If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. ~ Woody Allen


~ Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity. ~ Michael Porter

~ Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat. ~ Anonymous

~ Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation. ~ Rosabeth Moss Kante

~ Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.~ Albert Einstein

~ Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. ~ Peter F. Drucker

~ A dream with courage is innovation...A dream without courage is a delusion. ~ Anonymous

~ Don't confuse the art of the possible with the art of the profitable. ~ David Tansley

~ Innovation comes from the producer -- not from the customer. ~ W. Edwards Deming

~ Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation. ~ Rosabeth Moss Kante

~ We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic. ~ Winston Churchill

~ It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack. ~ Katharine Hepburn

~ You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization. ~ Denis Waitley

~ There has been opposition to every innovation in the history of man, with the possible exception of the sword. ~ Benjamin Dana


~ He who rejects change is the architect of decay. ~ Harold Wilson

~ Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~ Steve Jobs

~ A problem well stated is a problem half solved. ~ Charles F. Kettering

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

~ The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I. ~ Thomas Jefferson

~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

~ The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

~ An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates from college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work. ~Charles Kettering

~ I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas Edison


~ When all think alike, then no one is thinking. ~ Walter Lippman

~ Success is on the far side of failure. ~ Thomas Watson Sr.

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

~ You don't understand anything unless you understand there are at least 3 ways. ~ M. Minsky

~ Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done. ~ Sam Ewing

~ In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. ~ Sir Ken Robinson

~ If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail. ~ Heraclitus

~ All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new. ~ Charles Kettering

~ The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. ~ Anthony Jay

~ Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ~ Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

~ Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. ~ Howard Aiken


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