February 7, 2017 4:17 pm

History’s greatest inventors have made it possible for us to cure diseases, turn on the lights, flush the toilet, speak to someone on the opposite side of the world, and fly in airplanes. This National Inventors’ Day, celebrate the accomplishments of the world’s best inventors by reading their words of wisdom with these inspiring innovation quotes.

Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way. –Tom Freston

Failure is a part of innovation – perhaps the most important part. –Curt Richardson

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. –Alan Kay

Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors. –Mark Twain

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. –Roger Von Oech

The man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by the person doing it. –Elbert Hubbard

We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and growing our wings on the way down. –Kurt Vonnegut

Be alone – that is the secret of invention. Be alone – that is when ideas are born. –Nikola Tesla

Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple. –Willy Wonka

Invention, it must be humble admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. –Mary Shelly

An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started. –Tim O’Reilly

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. –Helen Frankenthaler

When you can do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. –George Washington

If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice. –George Gobel

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. –Thomas Edison

Concentrate all your thoughts on the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. –Alexander Graham Bell

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. –Peter F. Drucker

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin

Have a happy National Inventors’ Day! We hope these quotes inspire you to put on your thinking caps and get to work!

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