Invention Quotes

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Here at Invention Therapy, we love to talk about the creative process and famous invention quotes that we have heard over the years. These phrases can be not only inspiring but also offer you hints to the secrets other inventors used to make their products successful.

Here Are Some Famous and Notable Invention Quotes

  • “My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions….” Thomas Edison
  • “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham Bell
  • “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Henry Ford

More Thomas Edison Quotes To Inspire

  1. Never get discouraged if you fail. Learn from it. Keep trying.
  2. Learn with both your head and hands.
  3. Not everything of value in life comes from books- experience the world.
  4. Never stop learning. Read the entire panorama of literature.
  5. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
  6. Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
  7. There is no substitute for hard work.
  8. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
  9. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
  10. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
  11. I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
  12. I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
  13. Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.
  14. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
  15. The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”
  16. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
  17. There’s a way to do it better – find it.
  18. Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
  19. The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
  20. To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”
  21. The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
  22. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
  23. There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
  24. Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
  25. I start where the last man left off.

Quoted Words To Live by As An Inventor

  • “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” Marie Curie

Richard Haberkern’s all-time favorite invention quote

  • “You can have a great invention but still need someone to sell it” Andreana Barbieri (Richard Haberkern’s wife)

Need more Famous Invention Quotes?

Here is a list of famous inventors. It’s far from complete but it does offer you some insight into how many successful inventors there have been over the years. Maybe we will be seeing your name on this list someday soon.

Were these inspiring quotes? Start Inventing Now!

Here is an interesting video that should help you plan your journey as an inventor. Don’t quote me on this one but I am pretty sure you will to be realistic and come up with products that people are willing to buy. There are many factors that will go into your decisions regarding your inventions and how you will build them. There is a whole bunch for you to learn so let’s stop talking and get to work!

Now that you have a better perspective on inventing.

Once you have a realistic invention idea in mind, sketching your invention is the first step in turning your idea into a reality. In order to have a viable invention, you must be able to explain the concept to other people. The fabricators, engineers, patent experts, packaging designers, and many other people are going to need to know what the product will look like before they can get started. Don’t let me scare you here because in most cases, you are going to be doing much of the design work on your own. These sketches or drawings are still needed in order to get the idea off of paper and into some sort of 3D CAD design program. By doing sketches, we are just motivating you to get started.

There are no good ideas or bad one

Or to quote Thomas Edison: “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

I talk a lot about this misunderstanding here at Invention Therapy. None of us have a clue as to whether or not an idea will be successful. I have seen good ideas fail and bad ideas go on to make millions. Once you understand this, you can begin to learn how to come up with ideas that have a better chance of turning into a product that people will use. After all, it’s not about the ideas but more about which ones we turn into reality.

Getting a product out of your head and into the real world can be both a challenging and rewarding task. This is what separates real inventors from the dreamers in life. After all, once you try to sell your physical product, it is then you will know if your invention was truly a good one. Hopefully, you will take this journey to find out the answer.

We All Sketch Ideas On Paper Sometimes

In the past, I have claimed to only be able to draw stickmen. Honestly, I was never able to sketch my invention ideas until I attended a Master’s Design program in Florence, Italy. They say that Florence is the birthplace of artistic inspiration and invention. I guess this sketch of a water bottle that I designed a few years ago is proof that anyone can learn to sketch if they just give it a try.

The manual and time-consuming aspect of hand drawing your ideas will force you to think hard about your design before putting pencil to paper. In addition, the artistic inspiration that comes from sketching will help you improve the styling of your inventions.

sketch of a water container designed by Richard Haberkern
A concept sketch of a watering can created by Richard Haberkern

Sketch Your Idea On A Napkin If You Must

There are plenty of stories of great inventions and businesses starting on a napkin so any form of laying out your design is acceptable. If you are experienced already in 3D modeling software or programs like photoshop, you can skip the pen and paper step and go right to the computer. It doesn’t matter how you make your sketch as long as you get started.

Be sure to check out the Inventors Check List for more information on making sure that your invention idea is viable.

We will be getting into more detail in future posts about how to start working on your invention idea. For now, you should start thinking about which areas of the marketplace interest you the most. If you think about it logically, you will begin to understand that the ideas actually come after we see an opportunity in some areas that interests us. After all, these ideas don’t come to us in a vacuum. Start looking for inspirations within your hobbies, interests, workplace and at home. If you change the way you look at everything around you, you may find inspiration in places you never thought of. It’s all about coming up with real ideas that people will want to purchase and use.

Here are some other pages that may inspire you to come up with great inventions.

Are you ready to become an inventor?

Getting your idea out of your head and into your hands is only the first in a long set of steps towards becoming a successful inventor.

First Steps To A Successful Invention

At Invention Therapy, we believe that the power of the internet makes it easier than you think to turn your invention idea into a reality. In most cases, you can build a prototype and start manufacturing a product on your own. Changing your way of thinking can be difficult. Being an inventor requires you to balance your passion with the reality of having to sell your products for a profit. After all, if we can't make a profit, we won't be able to keep the lights on and continue to invent more amazing things!

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