An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.
—Charles F. Kettering
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
—Robert A. Heinlein
Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.
Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.
Invention is the mother of necessity.
Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
—R. Buckminster Fuller
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.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.
Getting caught is the mother of invention.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
—Thomas A. Edison