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Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.

Author: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

Profession: British-born American Inventor of Telephone

Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.

Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet

The coming of the printing press must have seemed as if it would turn the world upside down in the way it spread and, above all, democratized knowledge. Provide you could pay and read, what was on the shelves in the new bookshops was yours for the taking. The speed with which printing presses and their operators fanned out across Europe is extraordinary. From the single Mainz press of 1457, it took only twenty-three years to establish presses in 110 towns: 50 in Italy, 30 in Germany, 9 in France, 8 in Spain, 8 in Holland, 4 in England, and so on.

Author: James E. Burke

Profession: American Businessman, Chairman of Johnson & Johnson

This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Everything that can be invented has been invented.

Author: Charles H. Duell

Profession: Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

Author: Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

Profession: American Inventor, Entrepreneur, Founder of GE

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.

Author: Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

Profession: American Inventor, Entrepreneur, Founder of GE

Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.

Author: Henry George (1839-1897)

Profession: American Social Reformer, Economist

If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice.

Author: George Gobel


Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929)

Profession: American Author

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Author: Albert Gyorgyi


That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best --make it all up --but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure.

Author: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

Profession: Thirty-sixth President of the USA