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24. If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. (God & Invent) Voltaire
2,632. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. (Science & Invent & Imagination) Thomas A Edison
97,280. I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it. Thomas Edison
136,233. So much of what humankind has achieved over the past three millennia has come out of the remarkable collaborative creations that come out of cities. We are a social species. We come out of the womb with the ability to sop up information from people around us. It’s almost our defining characteristic as creatures. And cities play to that strength. Cities enable us to learn from other people. They enable us to become better, in a sense, by leveraging the talent of the crowds around us. When you think about all the great inventions that human beings have made — from Athenian philosophy to Henry Ford’s Model T’s, to Facebook — they were always collaborative. There was always situations in which one person borrowed an idea from someone else and then another idea was borrowed and then all of a sudden something absolutely magical occurred. Cities make all of that possible. And that’s why I think they’re are not only mankind’s greatest invention, but also our best hope for the future. Kai Ryssdal, Harvard University economist, cited Marketplace online
77,405. I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention – invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble. (Necessity & Invention) Agatha Christie, An Autobiography 1977
9,335. Death is very likely the single best invention of life. (Death & Invention) Steve Jobs
10,450. He came here to the Council of Venice not as a painter but as an inventor. (Art & Venice & Invention) Alan Yentob, Leonardo II: Dangerous Liaisons
10,486. Though human ingenuity may make various inventions which, by the help of various machines answering the same end, it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting, and nothing is superfluous, and she needs no counterpoise when she makes limbs proper for motion in the bodies of animals. But she puts into them the soul of the body, which forms them that is the soul of the mother which first constructs in the womb the form of the man and in due time awakens the soul that is to inhabit it. (Art & Nature & Invention) Leonardo da Vinci
10,838. I invent nothing; I rediscover. (Art & Invent) Auguste Rodin
28,867. The inventor Nikola Tesla was inventing a new way to transmit electricity, and his technology was threatening to destroy everything J P Morgan and Thomas Edison had built. (United States & Electricity & Invention) The Men Who Built America VI: Owning it All
56,815. Necessity is the mother of invention. (Proverb & Necessity & Invention) Mid-16th century proverb, variously attributed
66,593. Edison invented inventing here at the world’s first industrial laboratory. And he laid down precise rules for it: is there a market for the invention? Get financial backing before you start. Publicise the whole thing in advance so that when it comes up the consumers are ready to pay for it. And plough every penny you make back into making more inventions. (Change & Invention & Civilisation) James Burke, Connections: Countdown s1e9
66,592. Every one of man’s inventions acts like a trigger to cause change. (Change & Civilisation & Invention) James Burke, Connections: Yesterday, Tomorrow & You s1e10
77,404. Well, first of all whether people appreciate the invention, whether it fits into what they understand about their needs and aspirations, it has to be affordable and it has to be legal. Dr Jonathan Liebenau, London School of Economics
76,964. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. (Imagination & Invention) J K Rowling
77,406. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. (Invention & Create) Mary Shelley
77,407. Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home. (Invention & Television & Entertainment) David Frost
77,408. I’m proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists. (Invention & Arms & Gun) Mikhail Kalashnikov
77,409. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas A Edison
77,410. The inventor ... looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization. Alexander Graham Bell, plaque Alexander Graham Bell Museum Nova Scotia
78,027. Everyday miracles have transformed our homes, our worlds and ourselves. (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention) Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings and Scanners I, BBC 2015
28,348. Inventors and designers have transformed our homes. (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention) ibid.
78,749. Our first everyday miracle ... Foam ... Just quite how important materials are – they are at the heart of civilisation ... Razor blades ... (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Manufacturing) ibid.
78,750. A new technology that soon everyone in the world would want ... Cragside: he [Armstrong] wanted to go electric ... The light-bulb was born ... In 1948 transistors arrived that could do the same job as valves ... Next came silicon ... LED lights ... (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Electricity) ibid.
78,751. Concrete has been used as a building material for over four thousand years ... It can be moulded in almost any shape ... Steel is unbelievably strong under tension. (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Build & Steel) ibid.
78,757. Plywood is another everyday miracle ... The glue bonds with the woods fibres and sets hard ... Strength, flexibility and mouldability ... The Mosquito was the fastest aircraft in the world, and the secret to its success was that it made almost entirely of plywood ... All because of the remarkable properties of plywood. (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Build & Steel & Wood & Furniture & Aircraft & Manufacturing) ibid.
78,758. Materials have transformed the ways we live. (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Manufacturing) ibid.
78,759. We know it simply as plastic ... The ultimate manufacturing material ... Plastic fibres ... Nylon ... (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Manufacturing & Plastic) ibid.
78,780. Tonight from Drax – the largest power station in Britain. (Invention & Energy & Electricity) The Genius of Invention I, BBC 2013
78,781. 75% of power stations worldwide, including nuclear ones, use steam to generate electricity. (Invention & Energy & Electricity) ibid.
78,782. 1712: the atmospheric steam engine: Thomas Newcomen … His first engine was installed at a coal mine near Birmingham in 1712. (Invention & Energy & Electricity & Coal & Steam) ibid.
78,783. James Watt: A separate condenser … allowed Watt to build steam engines that were more powerful, more efficient, more portable. (Invention & Energy & Electricity & Steam) ibid.
78,784. Queen Street Mill in Burnley: It’s home to over three hundred power looms, and it’s one of the first factories in the world. (Invention & Energy & Electricity & Factory) ibid.
78,785. By 1860 Lancashire produced half the cotton in the world. (Invention & Energy & Electricity & Factory & Cotton) ibid.