Quotes and Sayings about Innovation



"We should favor innovation and freedom over regulation."
- George Allen
(Related: Freedom, Innovation)

"I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Travel, Idea, Successful, Innovation, Space)

"We need innovation in education and dedication to the task before us."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Education, Dedication, Innovation)

"As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Time, First, Living)

"I think we always move from imitation to assimilation to innovation, but I can't name you 20 people outside those we've already recognized who ever got to point three: innovation."
- David Baker
(Related: People, Imitation, Innovation, Name)

"Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: People, Ideas, Financial, Performance, Innovation, Listening, Results, Years)

"So, I think the output of our innovation is great. We have a culture of self-improvement. I know we can continue to improve. There is no issue. But at the same time, our absolute level of output is fantastic."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Time, Culture, Innovation, Self)

"We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we're in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There's no substitute for innovation, of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch, either."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Being, Innovation, Reality, World)

"And then you take a look at Spaces, there is this great innovation that came out of nowhere. We have the number one blogging site in the world because of the innovation that's there."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Innovation, World)

"Any good music must be an innovation."
- Les Baxter
(Related: Music, Innovation)

"Because, you know, resilience - if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you'd be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn't a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities."
- Jeff Bezos
(Related: Gold, Innovation, Now, Pretty, Questions, Right)

"In this time of budget cuts, we cannot forget that basic science is a building block for scientific innovation and economic growth in the information age."
- Tim Bishop
(Related: Age, Science, Time, Growth, Building, Forget, Information, Innovation)

"America demands invention and innovation to succeed."
- Kit Bond
(Related: America, Innovation, Invention, Succeed)

"As the world's sole remaining super power and economic powerhouses, our nation's ability to be at the forefront of innovation and production has enabled unparalleled economic success of our nation's workforce."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Power, Success, Ability, Innovation, Nation, Production, World)

"Basic philosophy, spirit and drive of an organization have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organizational structure, innovation and timing."
- Marvin Bower
(Related: Innovation, Philosophy, Spirit)

"A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: People, Innovation, Posterity, Result, Spirit, Temper, Will)

"The place of exciting innovation - where the action is - that's Rhode Island!"
- Donald L. Carcieri
(Related: Action, Innovation)

"The recipe for success is a tried and true one here in Rhode Island - innovation, reform, public service."
- Donald L. Carcieri
(Related: Success, Innovation, Public, Reform, Service)

"For better or worse, that is true with any new innovation, certainly any new technological innovation. There's many good things that come out of it, but also some bad things. All you can do is try to maximize the good stuff and minimize the bad stuff."
- Steve Case
(Related: Innovation)

"As a consequence of these hesitations and of the vague character of such innovations, the Commission on Human Rights itself had doubts from the beginning about its role and its functions in general."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Character, Beginning, Rights, Human rights)

"Pure innovation is more gross than error."
- George Chapman
(Related: Error, Innovation)

"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Art, Innovation, Sheep, Tradition)

"Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Art, Imitation, Innovation)

"You can't suppress creativity, you can't suppress innovation."
- James Daly
(Related: Creativity, Innovation)

"Innovation comes from the producer - not from the customer."
- W. Edwards Deming
(Related: Customer, Innovation)

"Human societies vary in lots of independent factors affecting their openness to innovation."
- Jared Diamond
(Related: Innovation)

"Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth."
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Wealth, Act, Innovation)

"Richard Childress and myself have made some important innovations on our cars."
- Dale Earnhardt
"Innovation is creativity with a job to do."
- John Emmerling
(Related: Creativity, Innovation, Job)

"For America's economic future to remain prosperous, we must encourage pro-growth policies so that we continue to be the leader in innovation and entrepreneurship."
- John Ensign
(Related: Leader, America, Future, Innovation)

"Nearly all of the advances in structural and aesthetic innovation is coming from abroad."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Innovation)

"We are the number one economy in the world, and we ought to continue to pursue those kinds of policies that ensure that we maintain that position, like innovation and like technology and like education and like just research and development and discovery."
- Donald Evans
(Related: Education, Technology, Development, Discovery, Economy, Innovation, Research, World)

"There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution offer us in the Europe of 25, 27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition to the detriment of production, wages, research and innovation."
- Laurent Fabius
(Related: Competition, Constitution, Europe, Innovation, Production, Research, Wages)

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication."
- Michael Faraday
(Related: Success, Communication, Discrimination, Innovation)

"What makes a specific quality or quantity of innovation retain its intense newness over the years?"
- Brian Ferneyhough
(Related: Quality, Innovation, Quantity, Years)

"Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can't help but reach for the stars. It's our nature. It's our destiny."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Nature, Adventure, Americans, Commerce, Destiny, Help, Potential, Space, Stars, Tests, Will)

"Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Greed, Innovation)

"This crisis exposed very significant problems in the financial systems of the United States and some other major economies. Innovation got too far out in front of the knowledge of risk."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Knowledge, Financial, Crisis, Innovation, Problems, Risk, states, United)

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication."
- Harold S. Geneen
(Related: Communication, Discrimination, Innovation)

"I do not think that music keeps evolving. It evolved through Bach; since then, in my humble opinion, all the innovations added nothing."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Music, Nothing, Opinion)

"Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty."
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Related: Innovation, Nothing, Novelty)

"I'm a great believer in the competitive system, and think that competition will bring us greater innovation and put American industry in information ahead of everyone also."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: American, Competition, Information, Innovation, Will)

"If you open up the mind, the opportunity to address both profits and social conditions are limitless. It's a process of innovation."
- Jerry Greenfield
(Related: Opportunity, Innovation, Mind, Open)

"The trick with computers I think, is to approach old and new things with the same reverence as you would like your favourite chair and not be seduced by the constant innovation otherwise you never do anything."
- Colin Greenwood
(Related: Computers, Innovation, Old)

"As a result, we will continue to see more innovation on the Internet and on mobile phones than on consoles."
- Trip Hawkins
(Related: Innovation, Internet, Result, Will)

"The ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are in fact mere revivals of ancient errors, and a further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it."
- Henry Hazlitt
(Related: Ideas, Errors, Fact, Now, Past, Proof)

"Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Faith, Children, Heroes, Innovation, Traditions, Value, Veterans)

"It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Innovation, Mind)

"There are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable and no frontiers beyond our reach."
- John S. Herrington
(Related: Dreams, Innovation)

"If the technical innovations of the Impressionists led merely to a more accurate representation of nature, it was perhaps of not much value in enlarging their powers of expression."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: Nature, Expression, Value)

"In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: Art, Concern, Sense)

"The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation."
- Robert Iger
(Related: Soul, Heart, Creativity, Company, Innovation)

"If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Poetry, America, Innovation, Language, Word)

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations."
- Steve Jobs
(Related: Mistakes)

"Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation."
- Steve Jobs
(Related: Money, Being, Innovation, Pretty)

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
- Steve Jobs
(Related: Leader, Innovation)

"Innovation is this amazing intersection between someone's imagination and the reality in which they live. The problem is, many companies don't have great imagination, but their view of reality tells them that it's impossible to do what they imagine."
- Ron Johnson
(Related: Imagination, Innovation, Reality)

"We must not confuse distortion with innovation; distortion is useless change, art is beneficial change."
- Chuck Jones
(Related: Art, Change, Innovation)

"We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: Change, Circumstances, Future, Innovation, Order, Party, Traditions)

"To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Fire, Inventions, Language)

"I consider high-speed data transmission an invention that became a major innovation. It changed the way we all communicate."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Innovation, Invention)

"In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we're so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Technology, Fact, Forget, Innovation, Inventions)

"An innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live and work."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Change, Society, Work, Innovation, Will)

"Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation."
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
(Related: Behavior, Enemy, Innovation)

"Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Growth, Innovation, Possibilities)

"The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system."
- Kevin Kelly
(Related: Nature, Being, Innovation, Usefulness, Will)

"Technology is driving the innovation. Technology is driving the creativity. Technology and the use of that is going to determine our workers' ability to compete in the 21st century global marketplace."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Technology, Creativity, Ability, Driving, Innovation, Workers)

"Fight piracy; don't squash innovation."
- Joe Krauss
(Related: Fight, Innovation)

"Media companies, under the guise of piracy, are asking congress to give them more control over fair use. Hollywood wants to control innovation."
- Joe Krauss
(Related: Control, Congress, Hollywood, Innovation, Media)

"Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Business, Innovation, Marketing)

"We need a positive economic agenda that invests in the innovation and growth that will create jobs for middle class families and ensure that America remains the world leader."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Leader, Growth, Positive, America, Class, Innovation, Jobs, Middle class, Will, World)

"Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Business, Conservation, Innovation, Order)

"Scientific innovations continually provide us with new means of analyzing the finds."
- Richard Leakey
"Today, the forces of competition, technology, and globalization have converged to spur innovation and to transform the way business is done in the securities industry."
- Arthur Levitt
(Related: Business, Technology, Competition, Globalization, Innovation, Today)

"The way we're really going to grow the economy is to invest in people, to invest in innovation, to have the federal government put money in the kind of research that will create the new high-technology, biotechnology industries that will create the millions of new jobs."
- Joe Lieberman
(Related: Government, Money, People, Economy, Innovation, Jobs, Research, Will)

"Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality."
- George Lucas
(Related: Innovation, Quest, Reality)

"But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music."
- Yo-Yo Ma
(Related: Music, Idea, Innovation, Musicians, Tradition, Traditions)

"Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Education, Knowledge, Purpose, Light, Present)

"In order for America to remain a global leader in innovation and opportunity, we must give our children a solid foundation in math and science."
- Kenny Marchant
(Related: Science, Leader, Opportunity, America, Children, Innovation, Order)

"Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction, but a few may make evolutionary inventions, such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations that give these species improved competitive potential."
- Ernst Mayr
(Related: Inventions, May, Potential)

"Boston is known for its innovation."
- Thomas Menino
(Related: Boston, Innovation)

"Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public."
- Ludwig von Mises
(Related: Innovation, Public, Whim)

"People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don't understand about that nonsense. It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time."
- Gerry Mulligan
(Related: Time, People, Nonsense, Talk)

"I am not that concerned that innovation in some large scale sense will suddenly and abruptly shift from one part of the world to another."
- Craig Mundie
(Related: Innovation, Sense, Will, World)

"We are not concerned about innovation shifting from the U.S. I still believe that the U.S. still has capabilities for innovation."
- Craig Mundie
(Related: Innovation)

"I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks."
- Howard Nemerov
(Related: History, Nature, Poetry, Revolution)

"I think all great innovations are built on rejections."
- Louise Berliawsky Nevelson
"Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment."
- Gale Norton
(Related: Environment, Help, Innovation)

"Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you're flying high at first, but it won't take long before you feel the impact."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Education, First, Flying, Innovation, May)

"So many cartoonists draw the same year after year. When they find a style, they stick with it. They don't mess with innovation, and they become boring."
- Pat Oliphant
(Related: Innovation, Style)

"Empowerment of individuals is a key part of what makes open source work, since in the end, innovations tend to come from small groups, not from large, structured efforts."
- Tim O'Reilly
(Related: Work, Empowerment, End, Key, Open)

"Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President's economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation - innovation begins in the classroom - clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Education, Health, Technology, Beginning, Care, Classroom, Climate, Creation, Energy, First, Innovation, Job, May, President, Re)

"Innovations never happen as planned."
- Gifford Pinchot
"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out."
- Max Planck
(Related: Winning, Innovation, Opponents)

"Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable."
- William Pollard
(Related: Change, Opportunity, Creativity, Improvement, Innovation, Will)

"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow."
- William Pollard
(Related: Success, Arrogance, Innovation, Learning, Tomorrow, Will, Yesterday)

"Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity."
- Michael Porter
(Related: Innovation, Prosperity)

"The comparison to the old world is something to get excited about. We have the potential for more choice and innovation, and a different regulatory environment that doesn't place as much weight on economic regulations of terms and conditions."
- Michael K. Powell
(Related: Choice, Environment, Innovation, Old, Potential, Weight, World)

"Modern science is fast-moving, and no laboratory can exist for long with a program based on old facilities. Innovation and renewal are required to keep a laboratory on the frontiers of science."
- Burton Richter
(Related: Science, Innovation, Old)

"Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: Society, Needs, Philanthropy, Public)

"The innovation is going to come, and that is good for everybody."
- Hilary Rosen
(Related: Innovation)

"I once knew a chap who had a system of just hanging the baby on the clothes line to dry and he was greatly admired by his fellow citizens for having discovered a wonderful innovation on changing a diaper."
- Damon Runyon
(Related: Baby, Clothes, Innovation)

"Measures of self-government and a school council, especially for such young children, were a great innovation."
- Dora Russell
(Related: Children, Innovation, School, Self)

"Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit."
- George Santayana
(Related: Fashion, Imitation, Innovation, Reason)

"Small businesses are vital contributors to our economy. They are the economic engine that is creating jobs, exploring innovation, and expanding opportunities for Americans in every community across the Nation."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Americans, Community, Economy, Innovation, Jobs, Nation)

"Productivity and the growth of productivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs, and wealth."
- William E. Simon
(Related: Growth, Wealth, Consideration, First, Innovation, Jobs, Productivity)

"My innovation involved taking an idea from the telecommunications and banking industries, and applying that idea to transportation business."
- Frederick W. Smith
(Related: Business, Idea, Innovation)

"If you look at the history of the American capital market, there's probably no innovation more important than the idea of generally accepted accountancy principles."
- Lawrence Summers
(Related: History, Idea, American, Innovation, Principles)

"I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Men, Danger, First, Revolution, Help, Innovation, May, Theory, Trouble)

"You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Imagination, Dreams, Innovation, Reason, World)