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James Naismith Quotes and Sayings

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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

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
- James Naismith

I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from
money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball
goals in some out of the way place.
- James Naismith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music is not man's invention, but his heritage from the blessed spirits.
- Tomas Luis de Victoria

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

Any change in form produces a fear of change,
and that has accelerated.
Marketing is the death of invention,
because marketing deals with the familiar.
- Nicolas Roeg

There is no great invention, from fire to flying,
which has not been hailed as an insult to some god.
- John B. S. Haldane

Long lives aren't natural.
We forget that senior citizens are as much an invention
as toasters or penicillin.
- Doug Coupland

I didn't say my invention is better,
nor did I say other stuff does not work.
- Alex Chiu

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement,
or the plastic invention of felt reality;
it must be every time: invention,
discovery, revelation.
- Max Ernst

We can put television in its proper light by supposing
that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed
at printing only comic books.
- Robert M. Hutchins

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

We are not a Zappa cover band.
We only play Frank's songs that were recorded by the
Mothers of Invention and I think a lot of those songs were complex.
- Jimmy Carl Black

In our day the conventional element in literature is
elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending
that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
- Northrop Frye

Our ability to create has outreached our ability to
use wisely the products of our invention.
- Whitney M. Young

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

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

Necessity may be the mother of invention,
but play is certainly the father.
- Roger von Oech

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

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

What we were in on, really, was the invention of animation.
- Marc Davis

Man is a creature of hope and invention,
both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
- Tom Clancy

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until
the invention of agriculture,
must have been precarious because of his inability
to ensure his food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

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

Invention is the mother of necessity.
- Thorstein Veblen

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

And the invention of transformations of certain figures
has become the most important in musical composition.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

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

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

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

Women's virtue is man's greatest invention.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner

All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition,
all observation is also invention.
- Rudolf Arnheim

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

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions
for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.
- Seymour Papert

Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.
- Ninon de Lenclos

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

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

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

There are events which are so great that if a writer
has participated in them his obligation is to write
truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
- Ernest Hemingway

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

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

But I'm an adventurer.
I like invention, I like discovery.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Television has some lovely aspects to it -
and some ghastly aspects -
but the theater itself was a wonderful invention.
- Patrick Macnee

I think that various styles and methods and approaches
are an invention of people who don't understand the
process of acting and who try very hard to label things.
- Ben Kingsley

This play is truly a great invention,
and we're having a great time doing it eight times a week.
- Bill Irwin

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

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

I consider high-speed data transmission an invention
that became a major innovation.
It changed the way we all communicate.
- Dean Kamen

The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.
- John Bruton

Doubt is the father of invention.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers
of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.
- Henry George

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

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

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing.
It didn't change people's habits.
It just kept them inside the house.
- Alfred Hitchcock

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

An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in,
not in the world it started.
- Tim O'Reilly


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