Words of wisdom on innovation

Innovation has fueled progress for millennia, and the rapid technological breakthroughs in the past hundred years are all proof of how innovation changes the world. Here are some words of wisdom on innovation from famous sources:


1. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Andy Warhol

 2. “Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”

T. Dewar

3. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw

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

Andre Gide

5. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Alan Kay

6. “The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”

Arthur Koestler

7. “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

A. von Szent-Gyorgyi

8. “Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.”

L. Duncan

9. “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”


10. “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

A. Clarke

11. “The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.”

Vincent Van Gogh

12. “The impossible is often the untried.”

J. Goodwin

13. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

Oscar Wilde

14. “Ideas are useless unless used.”

T. Levitt

15. “The best ideas lose their owners and take on lives of their own.”

N. Bushnell

16. “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”

Ted Levitt

17. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

Jim Rohn

18. “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters, one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”

Saul David Alinsky

19. “Innovation is creativity commercialised.”

Dr Cherylene de Jager

20. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt