14 of the best innovation quotes

An inspiring quote can be exactly what you need when looking for inspiration or when trying to change your approach to a problem. Below you will find some of the best motivational innovation quotes, which we hope will help you understand innovation and become more innovative.


1. “When all think alike, then no one is thinking.”

Walter Lippman

2. “Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life.”

Harvey Firestone

3. “It isn’t the incompetent who destroy an organization. The incompetent never get in a position to destroy it. It is those who achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.”

F. M. Young

4. “It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.”

Roger von Oech

5. “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

Dr. Linus Pauling

6. “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”

Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

7. “Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”

James Bertrand

8. “There’s a way to do it better—find it.”

Thomas Edison

9. “The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”

Edwin H. Land

10. “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”

Thomas Edison

11. “Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”

Robert Wieder

12. “Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Thomas Edison

13. “Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.”

Watts Humprey

14. You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide