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Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a
by Joshua Reynolds

Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a
new combination of those images which have been previously
gathered and deposited in the memory;
nothing can come of nothing.
- Joshua Reynolds

The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation;
the next greatest is he who corrupts it.
- Joshua Reynolds

Words should be employed as the means,
not the end; language is the instrument,
conviction is the work.
- Joshua Reynolds

The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
- Joshua Reynolds

 

Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
- Joshua Reynolds

Could we teach taste or genius by rules,
they would be no longer taste and genius.
- Joshua Reynolds

If you have great talents, industry will improve them:
if you have but moderate abilities,
industry will supply their deficiency.
- Joshua Reynolds

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It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.
- Joshua Reynolds

All the gestures of children are graceful;
the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences
with the introduction of the dancing master.
- Joshua Reynolds

A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.
- Joshua Reynolds

The value and rank of every art is in proportion to
the mental labor employed in it,
or the mental pleasure in producing it.
- Joshua Reynolds

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
- Joshua Reynolds

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Proverb

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

Human subtlety will never devise an invention
more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature,
because in her inventions nothing is lacking,
and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I've got a new invention.
It's a revolving bowl for tired goldfish.
- Lefty Gomez

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

The Internet is the most important single development
in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.
- Dave Barry

Mothers are the necessity of invention.
- Bill Watterson

Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again,
so is a bicycle repair kit.
- Billy Connolly

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates
some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
- Ambrose Bierce

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention
but calamity is the test of integrity.
- Samuel Richardson

I've never had plastic surgery, but if they made a
new invention for making people taller,
I'd be the first to have the surgery.
- Alanna Ubach

Invention is the mother of necessity.
- Thorstein Veblen

As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories,
many her own invention.
She, too, tended to reverse the norm.
- Tanith Lee

But thanks to my invention, my capitalist friends and
I were able to bring the government to its knees.
- Erno Rubik

In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been
understood for a long time,
perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention
of private property in real estate.
- Garrett Hardin

It's a non-stop invention, this game of life,
and as soon as you think you've got it,
you lose it.
- Tim Finn

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my
countrymen comes natural to me;
and in the open field of invention I am not without
hopes of giving them pleasure.
- Thomas Edward Brown

If necessity is the mother of invention,
it's the father of cooperation.
And we're cooperating like never before.
- John Ashcroft

Some people really want to play Mozart and be just performers.
I was more interested in invention.
- Steve Lacy

Afternoon classes - that evil invention!
- John Gresham Machen

None of my neighbors believe in what I say.
They refuse to wear the rings.
They will never accept my invention until the day they die.
That's what I call the real antichrists.
- Alex Chiu

America, the temple of invention and industry,
doesn't make things anymore.
- Nick Clooney

The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs
in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard,
as the songs of Homer.
- Robert Fitzgerald

I'm an inventor.
I became interested in long-term trends because an
invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished,
not the world in which it is started.
- Ray Kurzweil

The invention of basketball was not an accident.
It was developed to meet a need.
Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.'
- James Naismith

Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.
- Gustav Mahler

The market is not an invention of capitalism.
It has existed for centuries.
It is an invention of civilization.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
- Jonathan Swift

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
- Edward Hopper

I said I have no powers of invention.
Well, I also have no powers of mimicry.
- Norman MacCaig

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty,
and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as
a writer enjoys providing one.
- Walter Jon Williams

Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel,
and the same law of progress makes the woman of today
a different woman from her grandmother.
- Susan B. Anthony

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy,
and black despair succeeds brown study.
- William Congreve

Invention, it must be humbly admitted,
does not consist in creating out of voice,
but out of chaos.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention.
Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness,
possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
- Agatha Christie

My invention, (the motion picture camera),
can be exploited...
as a scientific curiosity, but apart from that it has
no commercial value whatsoever.
- Auguste Lumiere

Destiny is the invention of the cowardly,
and the resigned.
- Ignazio Silone

Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of
useless contraptions and in constructing the useful
combinations which are in infinite minority.
- Henri Poincare

As the archeology of our thought easily shows,
man is an invention of recent date.
And one perhaps nearing its end.
- Michel Foucault

The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly -
in any other sense than a man's house is a monopoly.
- Daniel Webster

The real writer is one who really writes.
Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure.
You have to like it better than being loved.
- Marge Piercy

Doubt is the father of invention.
- Ambrose Bierce

Never keep a line of retreat: it is a wretched invention.
- Fridtjof Nansen

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though
admittedly the most outrageous liar.
Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
- Henry Miller

Since the invention of steamships distant countries
have become like those that are near at hand.
- Townsend Harris

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an
effective and undeniable existence.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
- Joseph Conrad

There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book,
than in being the first author of the thought.
- Pierre Bayle

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.
Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
- Jonathan Swift

America demands invention and innovation to succeed.
- Kit Bond

There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained
in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.
- David Frost

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant
office that ever the invention of man contrived or
his imagination conceived.
- John Adams

Wonderful invention, the phonograph.
Keeps a man alive long after he's dead.
- P. J. Wolfson

I see architecture not as Gropius did,
as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention,
in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.
- Michael Graves

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing;
it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov


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