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There is no difference between science and art when it comes to creativeness, productiveness, to come to conclusions and to formulations. (Josef Albers)

We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. (Maya Angelou)

One of Leonardo da Vinci's suggestions for stimulating the imagination was to 'look at crumbling walls, glowing embers, clouds or mold, because in these irregular shapes one can find strange inventions just as we are apt to project words into the sound of church bells.' (Anna Held Audette)

I'm hoping to make a new thing for the world that remains in the mind like a new species of living thing. (Frank Auerbach)

What is not here in reality is the obligation of the artist to invent. (Moncy Barbour)

The more you limit yourself, the more fertile you get in inventiveness. (Nicoletta Baumeister)

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out. (Warren G. Bennis)

Invention depends altogether upon execution or organization; as that is right or wrong so is the invention perfect or imperfect. (William Blake)

Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to? (George Carlin)

By nature, men love newfangledness. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process. (Sir Kenneth Clark)

My portraits are half what I see and the other half is invented or dictated by the person and the painting. (Francesco Clemente)

If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Don't reinvent the wheel, just realign it. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Our inventions mirror our secret wishes. (Lawrence Durrell)

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)

Invention breeds invention. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The arts and inventions of each period are only its costume, and do not invigorate men. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A new and speculative idea, which although it may seem trivial and almost laughable, is nonetheless of great value in quickening the spirit of invention. (Michael J. Gelb)

There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. (J. B. S. Haldane)

Art at its best, when practiced with its deepest intent, is pure invention. (Charly Hansen)

I think as an artist you have to reinvent yourself every day. (Damien Hirst)

The way good inventions are made is to familiarize yourself with those of others. The men who cultivate letters and the arts are all sons of Homer. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. (Charles F. Kettering)

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously. (Charles F. Kettering)

Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need. (Charles F. Kettering)

It is with epigrams as with other inventions; the best ones annoy us because we didn't think of them ourselves. (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)

The sign is determined at the moment I use it and for the object of which it must form a part. For this reason I cannot determine in advance signs which never change, and which would be like writing: that would paralyze the freedom of my invention. (Henri Matisse)

All invention and discovery is permeated by the idea of thinking the unthinkable. (Michael Michalko)

The invention of photography destroyed the canons of representational, imitative art. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Every time I think I reinvent the wheel, the known past of humankind careens through my mind. I become transfixed by history as I merge the past into the present into some perceived future. (Alex Nodopaka)

The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors. (Emil Nolde)

I do not invent. I remain faithful to what is there. (Juliette Palmer)

The priest persuades a humble people to endure their hard lot, a politician urges them to rebel against it, and a scientist thinks of a method that does away with the hard lot altogether. (Max Percy)

The stomach is the teacher of the arts and the dispenser of invention. (Persius)

The man who invented the red carpet needed his head examined. (Prince Philip)

Necessity... the mother of invention. (Plato)

Nothing comes from nothing – invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Today, each artist must undertake to invent himself, a lifelong act of creation that constitutes the essential content of the artist's work. The meaning of art in our time flows from this function of self-creation. (Harold Rosenberg)

If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. (Carl Sagan)

Original artistic invention demands that even the inventor be surprised. (Judith Schaechter)

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)

I invented 'It's a good thing' before you were even born. (Martha Stewart)

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... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. (Nikola Tesla)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. A kind of refutation of the conservation of matter. (John Updike)

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. (Leonardo da Vinci)

My knowledge is based on the sensation. That's what makes me different; that is the secret of my inventiveness. Okay? (Milos Vujasinovic)

'Necessity is the mother of invention' is a silly proverb. 'Necessity is the mother of futile dodges' is much nearer the truth. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Only an inventor knows how to borrow. (Janet Wilson)

We tried all the systems that had been tried before, then we tried our own systems and we tried some combinations that no one had ever thought of. Eventually, we flew. (Orville Wright)


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