An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





To innovate is not to reform.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all innovations, which are the births of time.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


Pure innovation is more gross than error.


George Chapman (1557-1634, British dramatist, translator, poet)


INNOVATION is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Anyone who has invented a better mousetrap, or the contemporary equivalent, can expect to be harassed by strangers demanding that you read their unpublished manuscripts or undergo the humiliation of public speaking, usually on remote Midwestern campuses.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Innovators are inevitably controversial.


Eva Le Gallienne


INNOVATION is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.


Watts Humprey


Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.


Steve Jobs (1955-, American business executive, CEO of Apples and Pixar)


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


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


CREATIVITY is thinking up new things. INNOVATION is doing new things.


Theodore Levitt


No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the windowpanes.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning.'


Max Planck (1858-1947, German theoretical physicist)


The INNOVATION point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.


Arthur W. Porter


You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Most new things are not good, and die an early death; but those which push themselves forward and by slow degrees force themselves on the attention of mankind are the unconscious productions of human wisdom, and must have honest consideration, and must not be made the subject of unreasoning prejudice.


Thomas Brackett Reed (1839-1902, American republican politician)


Innovation is the creation of the new or the re-arranging of the old in a new way.


Michael Vance (American creativity expert, lecturer)


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