cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But
they can be taken out of the gun.
-- Martin Amis
people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for
execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects
than for settled business.
-- Francis Bacon
is not mainly about providing detailed blueprints for
social reconstruction. Its concern with ends is about
making us think about possible worlds. It is about inventing
and imagining worlds for our contemplation and delight.
It opens up our minds to the possibilities of the human
-- Malcolm Bull
did not invent human rights. In a very real sense,
it is the other way around. Human rights invented
poet doesn't invent. He listens.
-- Jean Cocteau
is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks,
breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
-- Mary Lou Cook
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind
can invent peace.
order to rally people, governments need enemies. They
want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind
them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will
invent one in order to mobilize us.”
nuclear bomb is the most useless weapon ever invented.
It can be employed to no rational purpose. It is not
an effective defense against itself.
-- George F. Kennan
believe in human dignity as the source of national
purpose, human liberty as the source of national action,
the human heart as the source of national compassion,
and in the human mind as the source of our invention
and our ideas” -- John
believe that if men have the talent to invent new
machines that put men out of work, they have the talent
to put those men back to work.
attack on youth is a national pathology, unwarranted
by fact, smokescreen for the failure of adulthood and
its leadership to confront larger predicaments. No rescue
by the monied, governing, institutional, or otherwise
privileged is in sight. It's up to the energy and inventiveness
of the younger generation to pull the gated minds of
millennium America toward acceptance of diversity, community,
and fairness, and I hope they have as much fun as I
did in my adolescences achieving what we Sixties kids
-- Mike Males
principle goal of education is to create men who are
capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating
what other generations have done - men who are creative,
inventive and discoverers"
-- Jean Piaget (Swiss Psychologist and pioneer in the
study of child intelligence, 1896-1980)
is now almost 40 years since the invention of nuclear
weapons. We have not yet experienced a global thermonuclear
war -- although on more than one occasion we have
come tremulously close. I do not think our luck can
hold forever. Men and machines are fallible, as recent
events remind us. Fools and madmen do exist, and sometimes
rise to power. Concentrating always on the near future,
we have ignored the long-term consequences of our
actions. We have placed our civilization and our species
in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is not yet too late.
We can safeguard the planetary civilization and the
human family if we so choose. There is no more important
or more urgent issue. -- Carl
is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father
is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife"
-- Jonathan Schattke
function of entrepreneurs is to reform or revolutionize
the pattern of production... by exploiting an invention
or, more generally, an untried technological possibility
for producing a new commodity or producing an old one
in a new way, by opening up a new source of supply of
materials or a new outlet for products, by reorganizing
an industry and so on."
-- Joseph Schumpeter
bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the
most destructive invention of the 20th century."
- Philip Shabecoff
more interested in what I discover than what I invent.
is economics? A science invented by the upper class
in order to acquire the fruits of the labor of the underclass
-- August Strindberg