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INVENTION
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[ Also see Aeronautics Beginnings Discovery Exploration Folly Genius Innovation Navigation Necessity Novelty Originality Patents Prophecy (Prophesy) Science Wonder ]

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.
      - Sir Joshua Reynolds

To make an apple pie from scratch, we must first invent the universe.
      - Carl Sagan

She has a housewife's hand; but that's no matter:
  I say she never did invent this letter;
    This is a man's invention and his hand.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at IV, iii)

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
      - Jonathan Swift

The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
      - Jonathan Swift

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.
      - Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
         (pt. III, ch. V, Voyage to Laputa)

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.
      - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Albert Szent-Gyorgyi von Nagyrapolt)

The great inventor is one who has walked forth upon the industrial world, not from universities, but from hovels; not as clad in silks and decked with honors, but as clad in fustian and grimed with soot and oil.
      - Isaac Taylor

We issued gorged with knowledge, and I spoke:
  "Why, Sirs, they do all this as well as we."
    "They hunt old trails" said Cyril, "very well;
      But when did woman ever yet invent?"
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess
         (II, l. 366)

Invention is activity of mind, as fire is air in motion; a sharpening of the spiritual sight, to discern hidden aptitudes.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Invention is the mother of necessity.
      - Thorstein Veblen

Necessity, mother of invention.
      - William Wycherley


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