May 1, 2015 11:58 am

Collecting and reading motivational innovation quotes can be a good way to remind yourself of your invention and innovation goals. Over the past couple of centuries, famous innovators have given us excellent advice through memorable quotes.

William Pollard (1911 – 1989) Physicist and Episcopal Priest, “Atomic Deacon”

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”

Stephanie Kwolek (1923 – 2014) Chemist and inventor of Kevlar

“I tell young people to reach for the stars. And I can’t think of a greater high than you could possibly get than by inventing something.”

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) Inventor of the AC electricity supply system, electrical engineer, physicist

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.”

Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) Cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) U.S. Founding Father, inventor, author, theorist, diplomat, politician

“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”

Edith Widder (Born 1951) Oceanographer, marine biologist, and Cofounder & CEO of Ocean Research & Conservation Association

“Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth, so let’s all go exploring.”

David Pogue (Born 1963) Technology writer and TV science presenter

“What is innovation if not our ticket to every business interest in the world? It’s the ticket to solving the world’s problems – the energy problems, the pollution problems, the global warming problems. If it isn’t for science and engineering, how will we compete in the new world?”

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) Theoretical physicist, developer of theory of relativity, Nobel Prize winner

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) Inventor of the electric light bulb, phonograph, & motion picture camera

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

Grace Murray Hopper (1906 – 1992) Computer scientist, COBOL inventor, U.S.  Navy rear admiral

“If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”

Innovation is a long, sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding process. Innovators and inventors from the past and present have spoken wise words regarding their areas of expertise. Derive inspiration from these quotes about innovation to help you to stay motivated.

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